Dunbar Cave Recovery Trail

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Dunbar Cave State Park

Dunbar Cave Recovery Trail is a 1.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Clarksville, Tennessee that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 1.8 miles Elevation Gain: 219 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

cave

forest

lake

partially paved

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This park re-opened for day-use visitation between 7am and sunset on April 24, 2020. The public will have access to most trails, boat ramps, marinas, golf courses and other outdoor recreation opportunities. Park facilities and overnight accommodations will remain closed, as will playgrounds and other social gathering places. See here for more info: https://tnstateparks.com/about/covid-19-closures Wooded trail by a small lake fed by a stream in a cave. Moderate hike. Great place to see wildlife: deep, turkey, fox, squirell, muskrat, turtles, and all kinds of birds, from swans to woodpeckers. You can also tour the cave with a ranger.

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muddy
rocky
15 days ago

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muddy
washed out
25 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

Easy marked trail. Cave was currently still closed.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Good trail hikes it after a rain storm so it was pretty muddy. Other than that good trail

running
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Very nice little park to walk the dogs. Friendly people.

Followed the Recovery trail, it was well marked, it seems that the all trails map needs updated, it’s changed slightly. It’s 2.4 miles. Easy hike. This was a fun trail, it stitched together the other trails to create this one. Will be back. I want to be back in spring or summer to take a cave tour.

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rocky
4 months ago

The trail is as clean, well worn and dog friendly. I liked the up and down of the trail which kept my heart rate up. There is a shorter loop but we did Recovery Trail which started at the cave and ended at a bridge. I loved it and would do it again.

hiking
4 months ago

Nice trail. About 1.9 miles or so, I would call this easy as opposed to moderate. Will do it again soon.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice little walk. Should take you you about 45 or less. Dog friendly and only a few encounters this late in the season . End of hike brings you down to the lake. Would say this is more of an easy hike over moderate.

hiking
7 months ago

Good trail with great shade! Good for a quick workout with the dog

hiking
7 months ago

Boring.

hiking
8 months ago

Easy trail for walking. No chair or cane friendly. Pretty though!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trails. Humid during the summer but beautiful foliage. Perfect for all ages. Not stroller friendly. Bathrooms available on site.

hiking
9 months ago

Nice 1 hour well-marked hike, perfect for a weekend workout as it is conveniently close to the city

hiking
9 months ago

My boys loved it, we saw a whole bunch of little critters and I was still able to run my errands right after since it’s right in the city! Recovery had a lot less traffic than the short loop.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice family hike or perfect for runners wanting something different.

this is a great and easy trail im 6 months pregnant and brought my 6 month old shepherd on his first hike on this trail and it was great!

hiking
11 months ago

Grew up on these trails, has changed a bit. Trail has slightly changed, trees have been knocked down to extend the trail. A little more bare from what I remember but still love it.

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful trail. I love to arrive early when it’s still fairly quiet, except for the birds. I love hearing the birds singing as I walk through all the trees, up and down hills, over the rocks and bridges. I’ve even been surprised to see deer on the trail. The people I encounter on the trail are always very nice. They always smile and say good morning. Delightful walk.

hiking
Sat May 18 2019

easy trail. well maintained and scenic.

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rocky
Wed Apr 17 2019

Like to take my dog here. It is a nice hike in the woods for being within the city limits.

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muddy
Sat Jan 26 2019

hiking
Thu Jan 17 2019

Heavily trafficked trail by runners, walkers, and wanderers. Easy trail, very well marked, no major ups or downs.

hiking
Sun Jan 06 2019

Great little trail to hike with a group or pet. The cave is always fun to visit.

hiking
Fri Dec 21 2018

It was an easy hike that meandered through the woods. The park borders a busy road, so you could still hear the traffic. There were a lot of dogs and children, so if you have dogs and children, this is a great one to go on. The cave is an interesting feature. Unfortunately, it was closed for the season. The rangers were really friendly. All in all, it was a pleasant walk and a good way to stretch our legs on a long road trip.

hiking
Fri Nov 23 2018

Simple walk through the woods.

running
Tue Nov 06 2018

The trail is interesting but not very well defined. The worst part is that a lot of people use the trail to walk their dogs. They tend to ignore the leash requirement and make no attempt to pick up their pets' poop. There are poop bags available at the trail head, but I have yet to see someone with one in hand. Actually stepped on poop during one of my runs. I have run the trail a half a dozen times and have never seen any park staff on the trail nor any law enforcement in the area. Lovely place but poorly managed and insecure.

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