Dunbar 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 held.
Nature of the 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.
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.
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.
Cave hikes - July cave hikes will be Wednesday - Sunday at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. No hikes on Monday or Tuesday except July 4 at 10:00 am, 1:00 and 3:00 pm. Also night hikes on July 2, 3, 17, 27 and 28 at 6:30 pm.
Participants must be at least three (3) years old (able to walk for 1 1/2 hours without being carried), have a flashlight, and a reservation. The cost is $4.00 each.