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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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Great Little Getaway

Grew up in this area and have visited almost everywhere in the Smokey Mountains. This swinging bridge has been around since I was a little girl. We use to come to the mountains... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Huntsville, Alabama
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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Grew up in this area and have visited almost everywhere in the Smokey Mountains. This swinging bridge has been around since I was a little girl. We use to come to the mountains almost every weekend and Townsend would be one of our stops. This is a wonderful memory and so glad we stopped and strolled across the bridge. We... More 

2 Thank pmkejc54321
Jacksonville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2017

Love the swinging bridge to Dark Island we found in Townsend, Tennessee. What a wondeful thing to still have a swinging bridge preserved and assessable to the public. It is a beautiful location. If you are passing thru this is a great spot to stop and enjoy! Does not take alot of time, but worth the stop. Enjoy the beauty... More 

2 Thank jtb1234elb
Ringgold, Georgia
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

Love this swinging bridge we found while visiting in Townsend!! So fun to cross over with beautiful views of the river!!! Beautiful property on both ends and a lovely elderly couple lives on the far side!!! Rustic old barn and scenery to die for. Great pictures, great fun, and a great little treasure!!! The Goodball Family

3 Thank laineybrown
Maryville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

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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35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 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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101 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 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.

1 Thank jdck
Townsend, Tennessee
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18 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 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 

1 Thank coastermeister

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