Cave is located 60 minutes northwest of Nashville and about one
and a half miles northeast of downtown Clarksville, TN 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
Events and Programs
August 20 - 31, Wednesday at 1:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
September and October Schedule - every Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Labor Day Hikes, September 1 - 10:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Participants must make a reservation in advance, be at least three (3) years old (able to
walk for 1-1/2 hours without being carried) and each person must have or rent a flashlight
(required-one per person). Photography
is not allowed in the cave. The cost is $5.00 per person, $2.00 per flashlight rental. Call
(931) 648-5526 for more information or reservations.
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.
Fishing Regulations (exit TDEC)
State Parks fishing policies
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)
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.
more information, visit the Natural Areas web site.
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.
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tour buses are welcome, but please contact the park a month