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Dark Island Swinging Bridge

Old State Highway 73 & Depot Avenue, Townsend, TN
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Ranked #13 of 19 attractions in Townsend
Type: Bridges
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Knoxville, Tennessee
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The past two times we've visited Townsend, this wonderful swinging bridge has been closed. This bridge represents the city of Townsend and, also, provides a path for Dark Island residents to shop in Townsend. I certainly hope that this beautiful (and useful) landmark is repaired very soon. Visiting Townsend is not the same without a few trips across this wonderful... More

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Columbus, Ohio
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was a fun quick stop. You can see the tubers below. Nice view of the river. If you are in the area or having lunch at miss lilly's, it's worth stopping and walking across. I saw a few people get their tubes out and hop on the river from this point.

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Zanesville, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Not very easy to find, and if it wasn't for Trip Advisor we wouldn't have known anything about it. It was fun to go across, very nice view of the river. Something different to do.

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Lagrange, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

We had read about this bridge on Trip advisor and thought it sounded like a fun place to visit. We stopped there as soon as we got into town and it was a great way to start our vacation because we laughed so much. Its a weird feeling to be on the swinging bridge and for some reason it set... More

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south dakota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2013

If you've never been on a swinging bridge this is a lot of fun. It bounces up and down when you walk on it and has a pretty view of the river. Take 10 minutes out of your day to make a memory. Easy to find, just turn by the Subway shop near the Heartland Chapel

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Beloit, Ohio, United States
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32 reviews 32 reviews
15 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013 via mobile

We had just eaten at Miss Lilly's Cafe and walked behind it to the little swinging bridge. It's not a bad little bridge, not too long, not too scary. Doesn't take long to walk across and back. Worth taking the time.

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39 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Really, dont pass this up. if you never been on one then nows your chance. my kids were freaked out and ran off it while i video taped. i laughed the whole time. its alittle hard to find just look for the rainroad muesum and its behind it to the right. super fun time and will charish that memory.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

It seems to be a tradition to visit the swinging bridge. It is like all other swinging bridges but if you have never walked across one, this one is easy to get to and offers great views of the little river. Watch the people tubing the river float past you below.

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Metairie, Louisiana, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

A very good place to stop, take pictures and see the Little River. You can watch tubers come down the river as well as watch the geese that reside in the area. It is just plain simple fun!

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Ft Wayne
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012 via mobile

This is not too far outside the Townsend entrance to the Smokey Mt National Park. It is worth the quick stop. How many opportunities will the average person get to walk across a swinging bridge? Pretty view up and down the river.

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