Outdoor Activities

Tennessee is home to breathtaking wildernesses: cliffs, canyons, lush canopies and cold, clear plunge pools, award-winning state parks and the beloved Smokies with its rich heritage. Travelers and locals alike thrill to our awe-inspiring nature, our great outdoors.

Dunbar Cave State Park

Dunbar Cave State Park is located 60 minutes northwest of Nashville and about one and a half miles northeast of downtown Clarksville 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.


Cave Tours
Tennessee State Parks has suspend cave tours at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area after a bat from Dunbar Cave tested positive for White Nose Syndrome. Dunbar Cave is closed indefinitely in an effort to take every necessary precaution to isolate the fungus as much as possible in order to protect bat populations at other nearby hibernacula, recognizing that bat-to-bat transmission is still possible.

Other park activities and events, including fishing, hiking and picnic facilities will remain open and available to the public.

Saturday, November 12
10:30 a.m. – Children's Craft Activity (picnic area)
11:00 a.m. – Childrens Theatre Presentation (at cave entrance)
1:30 p.m. – Children's Craft Activity (picnic area)
2:00 p.m. – Childrens Theatre Presentation (at cave entrance)
All programs free, for all ages.

Sunday, January 1
6:30 a.m.-8:30 a.m. – First Hike of the First Day of the New Year
Join us as we greet the first sunrise of the new year and hike the 2-mile trail through the woods.


Friends of Dunbar Cave meet every third Thursday at 6:00 p.m. in the Visitor Center.


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.

Hiking Trails

There are three trails on the natural area that range from a leisurely walk to a fairly strenuous hike. All trails begin and end at the visitors' center.

Lake Trail: 0.67 mile (easy, partially paved)
Short Loop: 1.1 miles (moderate)
Recovery Trail: 1.9 miles (moderate)

Natural 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.

Picnic Facilities

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.

Visitors Center

Open 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tour Buses

Tour buses are welcome, but please contact the park a month in advance.

Cumberland RiverWalk

Stroll the meandering Cumberland RiverWalk, the city's signature riverfront promenade. The internationally acclaimed RiverWalk is the centerpiece of the River Distict and includes an amphitheater, overlook plazas, a playground, picnic facilities, wharf, boat ramp, pedestrian overpass, and performance stages. In the summer enjoy concerts in the park. The fall brings one of the city's oldest river festivals to the RiverWalk with music, food and river sports. Admission is free and open to the public. The park is open dawn to dusk.

McGregor Park, Riverside Drive
Clarksville, Tennessee 37040



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