Explore Dunbar Cave State Park



0.5 miles

Elevation Gain

16 ft

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Added by Lucas Bremer

Dunbar Cave is located 60 minutes northwest of Nashville in Clarksville, TN. Dunbar Cave is the most prominent of several caves located in this designated natural area. In the entrance of the cave, square dances, radio shows, and big band era concerts were once held. Archeologists have found that this cave has been occupied by man for thousands of years, drawn by its constant stream flow and natural air conditioning.

Spelunking in the cave is offered seasonally, and tickets are required to enter Dunbar Cave. All participants must have flashlights. Children under 4 are not allowed in the cave.

Reservations are strongly recommended as tours frequently sell out and reservations are the only way to ensure a spot is available for you and/or your party. Please plan accordingly.

Angling is a popular activity on beautiful Swan Lake. The lake is fed by a stream that flows from the mouth of Dunbar Cave. A valid TN Fishing License is required.

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.

More information on this State Park can be found here.

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The smaller trail takes you straight to the cave entrance.

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We want to acknowledge and thank the past, present, and future generations of all Native Nations and Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral lands we travel, explore, and play on.

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