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Dark Island Swinging Bridge

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Address: Old State Highway 73 & Depot Avenue, Townsend, TN

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Swinging bridge

If you have never been on a swinging bridge I suggest you stop and take a walk across. The property on the other side is private so when you get to the end turn around. Make sure... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 September 2016
Mary K J
Townsend, Tennessee
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Maryville, Tennessee
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18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Just a short walk on the bridge across Little River. Summer will be tubing underneath. The view of the water is pretty!

Thank cphea
Kershaw, South Carolina
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95 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

This is just a quick little thing you can do while in Townsend . Its not a long bridge by any means . You just walk to the other side and turn around and come back . You get a view of the river from the bridge .

Thank Cindy K
Festus, Missouri
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88 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

This swinging bridge is just a fun thing to do. You can walk on it, take pictures and look at the river and that's about it! It is close to the Little River Railroad Museum.

Thank jdck
Townsend, Tennessee
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46 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

If you have never been on a swinging bridge I suggest you stop and take a walk across. The property on the other side is private so when you get to the end turn around. Make sure you do not park in the road or on private property. Miss Lilly's across the street has a parking lot and seem to... More 

Thank Mary K J
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

Beautiful view of the Little River. No admission fee, easy access. Bridge is stable, but of course, it's not for everyone.

Thank ckincaiddu
Safety Harbor, Florida
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped on our way to dinner and let the kids run across. Appears to lead to private property. Stop if you need to kill some time with the kids. Otherwise, there's not much to see here!

Thank familytraveler447
Athens, Alabama
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388 reviews
201 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 917 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

I thought all the swinging bridges in the area from when I was a kid were all long gone. Fortunately when I mentioned it to the lady at the Little River Railroad Museum she told me about this one that was not only still standing but maintained by the city and safe and usable. What a blast into the past... More 

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Whitwell, Tennessee
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Found this while exploring on bikes rented from the delightful proprietress of "Old But Not Forgotten". Pretty views of the river.

Thank Yvette G
Rockvale, TN
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88 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

The swinging bridge was a favorite attraction of our family - especially of our 5-year-old!! It is bouncy, even when walking, and is just good, simple fun. Provides a pretty view of the river and of the fish in it! Walking distance to the Railroad Museum.

Thank jpmorg
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57 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2016

Pretty scenery looking down the river from both ways. Very quiet area and peaceful. Reminded me of bridges where I grew up.

Thank THEKID_7

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