This 110-acre natural area in Montgomery County is honeycombed by caves and sinkholes, the most prominent being Dunbar Cave. This 8.1 mile cave has historical, natural, archaeological and geological significance.
Excavations revealed that this cave has been occupied by man for thousands of years, drawn by its constant stream flow and natural air conditioning. Dunbar Cave is the most prominent of several caves located in this designated natural area. In the roomy mouth of the cave, square dances, radio shows, and big band era concerts were once held.
More recently prehistoric pictographs have been discovered in the cave. The Mississippian Tradition art documented so far is about 1000 years old and depicts religious themes. When the cave is open, this is the only prehistoric Native American cave art in a public cave.
Country music pioneer Roy Acuff purchased Dunbar Cave on April 26, 1948 for $150,000.
Angling is a popular activity on beautiful Swan Lake. The lake is fed by the cold, clear stream that flows from the mouth of Dunbar Cave. Since it is only 15-acres in size, boating and swimming are not permitted. A valid TN Fishing License is required.
Three trails in the natural area range from a leisurely walk to a fairly strenuous hike. All trails begin and end at the visitors' center.
Lake Trail: 0.67 mile (easy, partially paved) Short Loop: 1.1 miles (moderate) Recovery Trail: 1.9 miles (moderate)
The park has seven picnic tables located just behind the visitors' center on a hill overlooking scenic Swan Lake. Picnic area is not wheelchair accessible.
Bird Watching is a popular activity at Dunbar Cave State Park.
Visitor center: Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Visit the Dunbar Cave State Park Museum.
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Cave tours are a priority at Dunbar Cave, of course, and these tours interpret both the natural and cultural phenomena of the cave environment.
Unfortunately, the cave is currently closed after a bat from Dunbar Cave tested positive for White Nose Syndrome. Dunbar Cave is closed indefinitely in an effort to take every necessary precaution to isolate the fungus as much as possible in order to protect bat populations at other nearby hibernacula.
401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd.
Clarksville, TN 37043
Take Interstate 24 to Exit 8 (Rossview Road).
Turn left on Rossview Road.
Travel 1/4 mile to Dunbar Cave Road.
Turn left on Dunbar Cave Road.
The park entrance is 2.5 miles on the right.
Visitor Center open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.