Tennessee State Parks

Dunbar Cave State Park



The park’s main feature is the largest cave in the Western Highland Rim, containing three of ten miles of accessible passage. The entrance is gated, and open to guided tours, however, the cave mouth itself is a great place to experience cool cave air, and see the nesting Eastern Phoebe and several bat species exiting the cave near sunset. Swan Lake, impounded on a stream issuing from the cave, supports Canada Geese, Mallards, and surprise waterfowl visitors during migration and in winter.

Red-eared Sliders, Painted, and Common Snapping Turtles sun themselves upon fallen logs and can be easily seen while walking the trail along the lake’s edge and into the hilly mixed deciduous woods, excellent for spring and fall birding.


Bank fishing is a popular activity on beautiful Swan Lake (15 acre).  The cold spring-fed lake is open year round and provides habitat for bass, panfish, and catfish. Boats are not permitted on the lake.


Lake Trail — 0.7 Miles — Paved Surface — Easy
Short Loop Trail — 1.1 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Recovery Trail — 1.9 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate