You might think we are big – Kentucky Lake, the largest manmade lake in the Southeast, a big catfish on a pole, the World’s Biggest Fish Fry, big smiles, big hearts that volunteer to help one another and raise over $200,000 a year for local charities selling homemade pies and casseroles. Or you might think we are small, a 1/16 size replica of the Eiffel Tower, small businesses and small town charm.
We think we are just right, big enough to be home to Henry County Medical Center, a regional healthcare facility, great schools and one of the best fisheries in America, but small enough to know one another, to have a sense of community and to offer genuine hospitality when we have company.
And we do love company! There are hotels, resorts, bed and breakfasts and Paris Landing State Park, many on Kentucky Lake, some in town or in the country; restaurants with everything from sushi to hushpuppies; and more places to visit than you might expect, including Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, our historic downtown, and Land Between the Lakes are just a short drive away.
Or maybe you came to stay, to raise your children in a place where everyone goes to the football games on Friday night and turns out to support the band; or to retire, where you have access to quality medical care, affordable housing and amenities without worries of traffic or crime.
We are truly glad you are here, to visit or to stay!
The Tennessee General Assembly created Henry County on November 7, 1821, and named it in honor of Revolutionary War patriot and statesman, Patrick Henry. Henry County became the gateway for the settlement of West Tennessee and beyond. The Henry County Court House was erected in 1823 in Paris, West Tennessee’s oldest incorporated municipality.
Henry County is bordered by Calloway County, Kentucky (north), Stewart County (northeast),Benton County (southeast), Carroll County (south), Weakley County (west) and Graves County, Kentucky (northwest). Cities and Towns include Cottage Grove, Henry, Paris, Puryear.
After the creation of Paris Landing State Park in 1945, the lake soon became a popular recreation destination. Paris acquired the name “Capital City of Kentucky Lake,” and tourism took an important role in the area’s economy. The World’s Biggest Fish Fry at Paris emerged as one of Tennessee’s premier festivals and draws tens of thousands of visitors, and politicians, into Paris and Henry County during the last full week of April.
Paris, Tennessee is located approximately 60 miles northeast of Jackson and 60 miles west of Clarksville. It is located in Henry County. The trade area attracts people from four Tennessee counties and borders the Kentucky state line. Paris / Henry County has a large tourist base with Historic Downtown Paris, Paris Landing State Park and Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Center on Kentucky Lake drawing 1.25 million visitors a year. Henry County has approximately 20 hotels, 500 rooms and 6 marinas. Paris/Henry County offers one of the largest medical communities in West Tennessee with people coming from the surrounding trade area. Henry County Medical Center employs 649 people and has 142 beds. Henry County Healthcare Center has 172 beds. Henry County School System and Paris Special School District have a combined student enrollment of approximately 4,700. The economic base is diversified with a mix of manufacturing, retail, transportation and recreation. Industrial payroll totals more than $160 million annually in Henry County and employs over 11,000 people. Approximately 20% of the supply is skilled, 60% semi-skilled and 30% of the estimated 230 high school graduates enter the labor force in Henry County. The city and county governments work well together on improving the area as a whole.
Paris Landing State Park sits on the western shore of Kentucky Lake at its widest point. With three miles of water from shore to shore, there is plenty of room for boating, skiing, swimming, fishing and soaking up the sun. This popular resort park has lots for landlubbers to do as well, from golf to hiking, from watching wildlife to relaxing on the balcony at the lakefront inn.
The same river access that once made this site an important stop for steamboats and freighters ferrying people and goods up and down the river now brings vacationers for outdoor fun. The site of the original landing is now under the waters of the lake, inundated when TVA dammed the river in 1944 to create Kentucky Lake.
Fishing is king at Paris Landing, and the marina has hosted numerous professional bass and crappie tournaments. Golfers love it here, too. The Par 72, an Fishing at its finest is found on beautiful Kentucky Lake and the park is equipped with one fishing pier. There are more than 100 species of fish scattered over broad expanses of fresh water and can be found in hundreds of secluded coves.18-hole course, is lined throughout with trees, with several holes lakeside. Paris Landing has been the site of several high school and college championship tournaments.
Paris Landing State Park has a public swimming area and beach on Kentucky Lake with picnic area and restrooms nearby. The park also has an Olympic-size public swimming pool with a children’s pool. The pool complex features a white-sand beach volleyball court, two diving boards and a snack bar.
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The mission of the Paris-Henry County Chamber of Commerce is to improve the economy and quality of life in our community. It means getting involved and staying involved. It means speaking your mind on important issues that affect your business and all businesses. Membership in the Paris/Henry County Chamber of Commerce means meeting other business people from the area and working collectively to accomplish whatever is necessary for business to survive and to thrive in the Paris/Henry County area.
The Downtown Paris Association promotes prosperous business activity and community involvement while encouraging preservation of the downtown area. The DPA holds many wonderful community events throughout the year for every age and no matter the interest. From Arts Around the Square to a Halloween Spooktacular, there is always something happening in beautiful, historic downtown Paris.