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 documented Mississippian Tradition art is about 1,000 years old and depicts religious themes. This is the only prehistoric Native American cave art in a public cave.
Tennessee State Parks has suspended cave tours at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area 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, recognizing that bat-to-bat transmission is still possible.
Other park activities and events, including fishing, hiking and picnic facilities will remain open and available to the public.
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