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Dunbar Cave State Park

Dunbar Cave State Park is located 60 minutes northwest of Nashville and about one and a half miles northeast of downtown Clarksville in Montgomery County. 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.


Events and Programs




Cave Tours

Tennessee State Parks has suspend cave tours at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area after a bat from Dunbar Cave tested positive for White Nose Syndrome. Other park activities and events, including fishing, hiking and picnic facilities will remain open and available to the public.


Dunbar Cave is being 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.




Saturday, November 13

10:30 a.m. Childrens Theatre Craft Activity - free to all ages, at picnic area

11:00 a.m. Childrens Theatre Performance - "Animal Tales", free, all ages, at cave entrance.

Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 p.m. Special Program. Snakes of Dunbar Cave Natural Area, in the Visitor Center. Free, all ages. No reservations required. Refreshments after the program.


Friends of Dunbar Cave meet every third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center.




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.


Tennessee Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)

Tennessee State Parks fishing policies


Hiking Trails


There are three trails on the natural area that 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)

Natural Area


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.


Text taken as it appeared on 01-29-2011 online at

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Taken on January 29, 2011