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Dunbar Cave State Park

the Dunbar Cave State Park is part of Hundred Acres, United States.

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Dunbar Cave Bandshell

Dunbar Cave Bandshell
Made by SeeMidTN.com (aka Brent)
Dunbar Cave is a scenic State Natural Area in the middle of a residential area in Clarksville, but a hundred years ago it was a rural tourist destination. At one time, a resort hotel operated here. More significantly, the opening of the cave became a popular party spot for big bands in the 1930's and 40's. (So popular, that Roy Acuff bought the area in 1948). Caves tend to maintain a nice cool temperature, and having lots of people hang out by the entrance would be a cool place on a hot summer evening, plus the rock formations around the entrance make for a nice bandshell. The springs from the cave were dammed to make the picturesque Swan Lake. The typical picture of the area shows the triple arches of the white concrete. As soon as I got here, I went down there, and there was nothing there. It looks like it should be an entrance, but it isn't. Instead, it's purpose from the big band era was to hold up the concrete dance floor. The reason the arched area was made accessible was so you could walk the nature trail along to the other side of the lake. The actual entrance is of course above the arches. Today, Dunbar Cave is owned by the state and operated by the State Park service. As of right now (July 2010), the actual cave itself is closed while researchers study the white nose syndrome which has been plaguing bats in many caves around the country.

Dunbar Cave Entrance

Dunbar Cave Entrance
Made by www78
At 13km, it is the 280th longest cave in the world. Between 1858 and the 1930s, this area became a popular resort. Country music star Roy Acuff purchased the property in 1948, whereupon it served as a venue for music played by big bands. The property was purchased by the state in 1973 as a state nature area. Recently, Mississippian Period paintings have been uncovered. Since 2010, the cave has been closed due to an outbreak of White Nose Syndrome, which has been devastating bat populations throughout North America. Dunbar Cave State Nature Area, Clarksville, Tennessee

Dunbar Cave - Clarksville, Tennessee

Dunbar Cave - Clarksville, Tennessee
Made by VFR Photography
This is the rock-face above Dunbar Cave, another site I'd like to shoot early in the day for better/different lighting (8-24-2011). The geology in this region includes a lot of limestone in its makeup and there are numerous caves and sinkholes as a result. Dunbar Cave is a system that has many miles mapped (and many unmapped) that has been traced as far away as Guthrie, Kentucky.

Dunbar Bandstand

Dunbar Bandstand
Made by www78
The Big Bands of the 1940's and 1950's played here right under the cave entrance, where the cave opening provided a draft forr hot summer months. Swan Lake is derived from a dammed natural spring creek, which submerged the spring source, the blue hole in the middle background. Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Clarksville, Tennessee

Dunbar Cave Entrance

Dunbar Cave Entrance
Made by www78
Narrow cave entrance; currently sealed off due to an outbreak of the White Nose Syndrome devastating bat populations. Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, Clarksville, Tennessee

Leadership turtle

Leadership turtle
Made by tennessee bill
Follow me! at Dunbar Cave State Park, Clarksville, TN The positions of the turtles on the limb suggest the relationship of leaders and followers.

LAM_4694

LAM_4694
Made by pigqueen
not the most artistic shot but the colours of these leaves, soft pastel autumn colours, was just beautiful... no adjusting on my part...

prismatic lake

prismatic lake
Made by pigqueen
i thought it was beautiful how the lake almost looked prismatic with the reflection of the orange leaves still on some of the trees...

stalamite icicle

stalamite icicle
Made by pigqueen
an ice stalagmite right outside the entrance to dunbar cave... I found it cool how it just stuck right out of the dead leaves...

The Thorns of Life

The Thorns of Life
Made by Layne Robertson
View On Black

Barely There

Barely There
Made by Layne Robertson
View On White

At odds

At odds
Made by tennessee bill
This log ain't big enough for the both of us. At Dunbar Cave State Park, Clarksville, TN.

2009 Summer Road Trip - Clarksville, TN

2009 Summer Road Trip - Clarksville, TN
Made by VelveetaFog
Dunbar Cave. Walking around in the steamy, humid south... This spot was nice and cool.

autumn covered roots

autumn covered roots
Made by pigqueen
I'm not sure if i did these roots justice but i found them to be beautiful!

Curves and Lines

Curves and Lines
Made by Rebeak
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broken icicles

broken icicles
Made by pigqueen
broken icicles at dunbar cave... Nikon wide angle lens 10-24mm

LAM_0772

LAM_0772
Made by pigqueen
Sunlight through the trees as Swan Lake/Dunbar Cave Park

Trees and sky at Dunbar Cave

Trees and sky at Dunbar Cave
Made by tennessee bill
Trees and sky at Dunbar Cave State Park, Clarksville, TN

Jump in...

Jump in...
Made by tennessee bill
...at Dunbar Cave State Park in Clarksville, Tennessee.

LAM_4662c

LAM_4662c
Made by pigqueen
these turtles are awesome... chillin like a villian...



Nearest places of interest:

Vulcan Corporation - Rubber Products Division
Clarksville Railroad Station - Louisville and Nashville Rail Road
Clarksville Country Club
Clarksville High School
  Trane
Governor's Square Mall
Clarksville Department of Energy - Lightband
Draughons Junior College

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