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.
* 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".
There are 5-trails here to suit a variety of needs for hiking, biking, and trail running.
There is a 1-mile, 2.5-mile, 4-mile, 7-mile, & 11.2-mile trails.
We did the 4-mile trail today. The trek was very good. Trails are well defined and well marked. There are also some markers around the trail pointing out some of the different types of trees.
All in all, a good outing. We will definitely be back.
Great for a quick little hike. Nice that parts of the trail are so close to the lake, can't wait to bike it.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
The family and I took the 2.5 hike. Very nice trail. Plan on doing the 4 mile next week end.
Nice trail around the lake. Modest hills. I think most hikers can easily do this trail.
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
Well maintained and beautiful trail especially along Lake Jordan.
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.