Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Lake Trail and Recovery Trail

Saint Bethlehem, Tennessee 37171

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area Lake Trail and Recovery Trail

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area: Lake Trail and Recovery Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a great hike for those who love nostalgia, woods, and lakes. The trail takes you up and down through the woods and around twenty-acre Swan Lake. Near the mouth of Dunbar Cave, go up the stairs to a concrete dance floor that in the late 1940s was filled with people dancing to the music of famous bands, including Tommy Dorseys and Benny Goodmans."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

"This trail, combining the Recovery Trail and sections of the Lake Trail, is located in the 110-acre Dunbar Cave State Natural Area. Local lore has it that the cave was a favorite location for moonshiners during the 1920s. This is a great hike for those who love nostalgia, woods, and lakes. Near the mouth of Dunbar Cave, go up the stairs to a concrete dance floor that in the late 1940s was filled with people dancing to the music of famous bands, including Tommy Dorsey’s and Benny Goodman’s." Read more

Dunbar Cave State Natural Area: Lake Trail and Recovery Trail Reviews

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8/24/2013
Decent trail for running and hiking. Not much scenery to speak of. The trail is poorly maintained in certain areas. Trail signage is good and it usually isn't too crowded.
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4/10/2012
I go here to run the trails every so often. I went hiking recently and it was decent, but the path is a little too worn for my liking and is a little boring in terms of scenery. 90% trees, 10% lake. It's fun if you have nowhere else to go, or want to take a peak behind the barred up Dunbar Cave.
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Trail Information

Saint Bethlehem
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
2.4
Distance
Loop/Lollipop
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Duration
September to June
Season
USGS: Clarksville; trail maps available at visitor center; large map boards along trail
Local Maps