Swayback Bridge Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Swayback Bridge Trail is a 15.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wetumpka, AL that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is accessible year-round.

15.2 miles 1023 feet Loop

hiking

mountain biking

lake

river

wildlife

* Directions: From North Ala. travel south from Sylacauga to Rockford toward Wetumpka on 231 for approx. 12-15 miles. After crossing Swaybridge Bridge on 231, watch for sign for Jordan Dam. You can only turn right. Follow directions below that begin "travel 2.4 miles......." * From I 65 travel south to Clanton (3rd exit ) turn left on Hwy 31. Travel approx. 5-6 mi, turn left on Hwy 143. Travel approx. 5-6 miles and turn left on Hwy. 111. Follow 111 approximately 10-12 mi. to Wetumpka. Turn left at first traffic light and travel 2 miles to Hwy. 231, turn left, and follow directions below beginning with" 3.4 miles....." * North from Montgomery on US 231 through Wetumpka. 3.4 miles past intersection with AL 14 you will see signs for Jordan Dam. You can only turn left. Travel 2.4 miles and take a left. (if you cross over the bridge, turn around, you have gone too far) After left go 150 yds. and a pea gravel covered parking lot is on the right in front of large information sign board. The trailhead is directly across the gravel road from the parking lot. There is a very big rustic entrance sign to the trail which reads "Swayback Bridge Trail-established 1998-Trail of Legends".

hiking
3 months ago

Great for a quick little hike. Nice that parts of the trail are so close to the lake, can't wait to bike it.

hiking
3 months ago

Well maintained and used trails for hikers, runners, and mountain bikers. Kid and pet (on leash) friendly. Well done mix of trails to suit your taste. In summer months be prepared for insects. Easy and convenient to communities in the River Region.

hiking
5 months ago

Did the "yellow" trail which is 4 miles. Wore a ruck sack and did it mid day without needing more than a gallon of water. very beautiful and easy to hike!

5 months ago

nice

hiking
7 months ago

8 months ago

11 months ago

Great hike with the family! We went on a Sunday morning and there were only 3 or 4 other cars there. We only completed the yellow loop (4 miles). Trail was easy to navigate while front carrying a 21lb baby. Will head back soon!

hiking
1 year ago

New to Alabama and first time to explore trails in area.Convenient from home, Millbrook. Only had time for a short loop but trails were well groomed, clearly marked, in spite of negative reviews regarding, and I look forward to spending the day exploring more soon. Hope longer trails provide a bit more challenge as this was very smooth and little if any change in terrain. Some gently rolling but nothing of any challenge. Great way to start off my Alabama hiking.

hiking
1 year ago

Great trail. Lots of shade. Only complaint is not enough markers. The map confused us a little but aside from that caught some great views of the lake and enjoyed the scenery.

hiking
1 year ago

I've done 3 of the trails here. Fun trails. Wish they were marked a bit better marked since the trails all intertwine. It's still one of my go to trails.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

hiked the 2.5 mile trail this morning. Very clean and well worn trail. Great trailhead parking. Came across other hikers and bikers who were courteous. Will be going back to do the longer trails

hiking
2 years ago

hiking
2 years ago

The family and I took the 2.5 hike. Very nice trail. Plan on doing the 4 mile next week end.

hiking
2 years ago

Nice trail around the lake. Modest hills. I think most hikers can easily do this trail.

hiking
2 years ago

Great for a morning hike. Trees shade the hike so it's not too hot. Not much of a view on the 4miler but it is nice to just be out in the woods sometimes. Can get muddy when it rains

hiking
2 years ago

Well maintained and beautiful trail especially along Lake Jordan.

hiking
3 years ago

I did this trail for my 20 mile hike for my hiking merit badge. I did the 11.9 loop first and too, a lunch break, then the 2 and 7 loops. My group enjoyed the whole trip and we even ran the last mile just for grins. I absolutely loved this trail.

mountain biking
3 years ago

Awesome trails. Just a little mud (rain the night before). Even has a bike wash station across from the trailhead with a changing area to get out of your muddy clothes before your drive home. If you go during summer months be sure to bring insect repellent (lots of biting yellow flies that love sweat)

hiking
3 years ago

Did the 2.5 mile trail with my family, and dog. Had to contend with some bikers on the trail but everyone was very polite. We look foward to going back.