Dunbar Cave State Park

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Outdoor Experiences

Dunbar Cave State Park and Natural Area offers a diverse and beautiful natural side.

In the spring and fall, the Lake Trail offers excellent birding. The trail meanders along the edge of Swan Lake and into the hilly mixed deciduous woods, offering a good mix of waterfowl and songbirds. Swan Lake supports waterfowl visitors during migration and in winter. In the summer, the cave mouth is a great place to experience cool cave air, and see the nesting eastern phoebe. Use the checklists below to track your discoveries!

Bird Checklist (pdf) 
Trees and Shrubs Checklist (pdf)
Wildflowers Checklist (pdf)
Dragonfly Checklist Coming Soon!
Butterfly Checklist Coming Soon!
Birding locations (pdf) Coming Soon!

For Educators

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Dunbar Cave Tours

Dunbar Cave is one of the largest caves in Montgomery County. This eight-mile-long cave has historical, natural, archaeological significance. Tours of Dunbar Cave are offered seasonally and tickets are required to enter Dunbar Cave.


Over three miles of hiking trails range from the easy Lake Trail, the moderate Short Loop, to the strenuous Recovery Trail, which has several steep hills. All trails take you past the cave entrance and around the lake. The Short Loop and Recovery Trails take you into the forest and over successional fields. All trails begin and end at the visitors' center.