“the historic cave system of Tennessee”
Dunbar Cave State Park is home to Dunbar Cave which was inhabited by Native Americans for hundreds of years before English settlers arrived. These inhabitants left drawings on the cave walls, perhaps as part of religious ceremonies. In front of the cave entrance is a large concrete poured structure with three distinct arches. The cave is located in an area of karst topography, including sinkholes, springs, and limestone bedrock The manmade Swan Lake also sits in front of the cave. Dunbar Cave State Park is known for the cave system and cave tours are a popular attraction. Due to the outbreak of White Nose Bat Syndrome, Dunbar Cave is suspended indefinitely in order to prevent the spread of this deadly fungus that afflicts hibernating bats. There are still many other activities available to visitors including multiple hiking tours, fishing and interpretive programs. All park trails, with varying degrees of difficulty, begin and end at the visitor center.
Had a blast. Went to expend some energy built up from the roadtrip. The cave was cool figuratively and literally. The hiking trail took about an hour and there was a little science exhibit in the front. Not a piece of trash in site. It also helped that we could walk our dog.
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Dunbar Cave State Park
- Sun - Sat: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
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