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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
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Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 916 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank coastermeister
Whitwell, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 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
Gaffney, South Carolina
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

A pleasant stop to stretch. Great view of tubers floating down the river. Worth walking across, just so you can you've done so.

1 Thank OldPathsFarm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Really neat bridge, Jill welcomed us on to here private property on the other side for a few minutes. Her family must get to meet so many people.

Thank Justin P
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Just steps from the road, this old swinging bridge spans the Little Pigeon River in a beautiful location in the heart of Townsend. And, yes, it does swing !! There are limits to the number of persons allowed on the bridge at one time, so you may have a short wait, but it is well worth it.

Thank Dan G
Collins, Mississippi
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

This is a free stop in Townsend where you can enjoy fun on a bouncy picturesque bridge. We enjoyed watching the tube riders below and the beautiful river. Take a few minutes and enjoy this swinging bridge.

Thank JimC68

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