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Dark Island Swinging Bridge

Address: Old State Highway 73 & Depot Avenue, Townsend, TN
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Ranked #19 of 33 things to do in Townsend
Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Bridges, Sights & Landmarks

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Mechanicsville, Maryland
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79 reviews 79 reviews
16 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

The bridge is fun. It's worth a stop to walk over & take a photo but I would not drive out of my way to get to it. The kids really liked it. We found two swinging bridges in Townsend & they are about the same except the one had Christmas lights on it so we stopped again at night... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

Neat lil way to spend about 20 minutes are so.. Very romantic lil bridge over the water... Nothing really fancy.. Just something we had never done.. I would recommend it.. Go make a memory.!!

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Ooltewah, Tennessee
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56 reviews 56 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

while camping in Townsend, we road our bikes down the paved bike path along hwy 321 and stopped at the swinging bridge. it is a very short distance down Depot St, right off the bike path. If you are on the opposite side of the road, there is a place where the bike path goes under 321 near the IGA... More 

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Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

Good sturdy bridge. Easy to find, parking available at the beginning of the bridge. Beautiful view from bridge. Private retreat on other side of bridge.

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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
14 helpful votes 14 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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