Dunbar Cave State Park


Public Notice as of March 14, 2017: Dunbar Cave State Park is currently in the process of restoring the lake to a more pristine and functional body of water that will better serve visitors. In order for this to be accomplished, Tennessee State Park staff are lowering the lake to conduct soil testing. Once tested, staff will be better able to assess the situation and devise a cost-effective repair that will enhance the lake for the local community.

PUBLIC NOTICE: Due to being in the path of the Solar Eclipse on Monday, Aug. 21, Dunbar Cave State Park is expecting larger than usual visitation. If you plan to visit the park, we urge you to arrive early as roads may be congested. Please be aware that areas of the park may be closed at the discretion of park management and if the park reaches capacity, gates will be closed. 

Dunbar Cave Go Green

The mission of the Tennessee State Parks Go Green With Us program is to preserve and protect our state parks through sustainable park operations, resource conservation, and recycling. Program components cover a diverse array of initiatives, including energy and water conservation through equipment and operations upgrades, recycling programs, projects to enhance ecosystem health, and erosion control, among many others.

  • Dunbar Cave State Park protects their ecosystem through erosion control and trail surface improvements including manmade walkways and bridges in low areas.
  • Park staff enhance wildlife habitat with controlled burns, native grasses and vegetation, and volunteer trash pickup events. 
  • The park has energy efficient lighting in the visitor’s center.
  • Strategically placed trash and recycling dumpsters have been installed.