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“Worth a stop”

Dark Island Swinging Bridge
Ranked #12 of 33 things to do in Townsend
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 13 November 2012

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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Reviewed 28 February 2012

My husband and I have visted this bridge a few times. It is the same swinging bridge that is used as an exit point on the lower float for River Rat. But, you can get the the bridge without having to float the river. It is basically located behind the Little River Railroad & Lumber Museum in Townsend. There is enough parking for a few cars there too.

This swinging bridge is in really great shape. We have walked out onto the bridge a few times from the side near the museum, but we have never exited the other side since it seems to be private/residential property on the other side. However, you can get a nice view of the river down below & the river-ratters coming down the final stretch from the bridge. We will often check out the swinging bridge while we are waiting for the River Rat shuttle bus to take us back to the start of the float.

Overall, this is a nice bridge & in really great shape. It is nothing spectacular, but still a nice swinging bridge in the area. In my opinion, it is nicer than the one by Kinzel Springs. It will only take a few minutes to view this attraction.

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