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Address: Kinzel Springs between Old Walland Highway & E. Lamar Parkway, Townsend, TN

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Not much too it, but it is free!

This is a nifty swinging bridge, but it goes over to a privately owned spot, so one walks across, walks back, and you are done. We spent longer walking to it (from the also free... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed May 12, 2016
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

It's neat enough and it's free, so plan on spending about 5-10 minutes and check it out. I made it part way across, but realized that it looked a bit run down, so I turned back. My boyfriend went further, but also had the same thoughts. Hopefully, there is funding somewhere and they will be able to repair it.

Thank Naila123
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147 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2016

This is a nifty swinging bridge, but it goes over to a privately owned spot, so one walks across, walks back, and you are done. We spent longer walking to it (from the also free lumber museum) than on it.

Thank GeorgiaGal09
Dahlonega, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2016

We just randomly found this while waiting to go get lunch in town. It was a pretty cool bridge, but I wouldn't list it as an attraction. Beautiful river view and the bridge is nice and jiggly if that's what you're looking for. We noticed several locks that people had etched names or initials on (like small padlocks or combination... More 

Thank Chanda H
Terre Haute, Indiana
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29 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2016

Although the bridge was interesting, it was also run-down. It did look like someone had draped lights across it, but as we visited during the day I'm not sure if they were actually working. That being said, it was a decent stop, and my six kids (ages 2-16) seemed to like it enough. Overall, I was not impressed, however.

Thank Jeepluver1
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 19, 2016 via mobile

Loves the Swinging Bridge!!! It is very awesome and a lot more scary than I thought!! Haha!! The river below and the scenery was beautiful!!!!

Thank Diana W
Sevierville, Tennessee
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2016 via mobile

So romantic. History lover's will love this. When we went no one else was there and its peaceful. He found this bridge years back and surprised me on my birthday by taking me here.

Thank BStinnett
Ten Mile, Tennessee
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2015

Make sure you turn left after bridge, hidden between houses , but enjoyed walking across, nice view of stream. Met 90 year old man reliving memories of this area as was his childhood home.

1 Thank TheFrog1
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125 reviews
67 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2015

This bridge can be a bit hard to see, it will take you from Hwy 321 across the river over to the little road [Old Walland Hwy] that meanders along the river from Townsend to Maryville. It is primarily used by the residents that live along the river on Old Walland Hwy [at least as I understand it] I have... More 

Thank woodlandartist
Eldersburg, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 9, 2015

Not much room to park at this one; right across the road from a realtors office. This was fine for a quick stop; the bridge is getting a little overgrown and some of the boards are coming up. Check it out if you are driving past; not worth a special trip.

Thank DillonM1905
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
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192 reviews
101 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 10, 2015

The swinging bridge in Townsend is a great stop for a little excitement and fun for kids of all ages. The beautiful river flowing beneath the bridge, combined with the surrounding vibrant Smoky Mountain wilderness and the swinging motion of the bridge tantalize the senses and make one feel, "Alive."


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