Swayback Bridge Trail

MODERATE 100 reviews

Swayback Bridge Trail is a 4.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wetumpka, Alabama that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and mountain biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
272 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

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
1 month ago

Very well maintained trails thanks to the volunteers and the local boy Boy Scout troop’s Eagle Scout project! Very quiet area and lovely experience! I will be back!
Be sure to bring some bug spray!

hiking
1 month ago

I enjoyed my hike on the red trail (7 Miles). More trail markers for clear directions would have been helpful but the trails were well-defined and good.

2 months ago

Multiple trails for those who want a shorter workout or one less strenuous. One beautiful section travels next to Lake Jordan. Plenty of parking.

3 months ago

good time not a hard trail nice hike...

hiking
3 months ago

Needs to update directions coming from the North. There is a campground near the trails (Swayback Campground) which allows tent and RV camping for those that want to spend some time on the lake, trails, river.

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail so far. We took our 8yr old and 3yr old boys. This trail actually offers 5 different trails; 1 mile, 2.5 miles, 4 miles, 7 miles, and 11.2 miles. Today we hiked the 2.5 mile trail. It was easy to follow, easy for the boys to hike, but still a fun challenge with ups and downs and loop arounds. We will be going back and hiking the 4 mile trail next.

6 months ago

needs more trail signs

7 months ago

Beautiful hike but the markings were unclear which way to ‘choose’. It would give us colorful arrows but we had to just make a guess causing us to shorten the hike by a lot. Otherwise I would call this an easy hike.

hiking
7 months ago

I love this trail. I have completed the 4 and 7 mile ones. There is also an 11 mile. It is rated a moderate but has short steep climbs in areas. Can get busy at times with runners and mountain bikes however, everyone we have ever encountered has been super friendly.

trail running
9 months ago

Had an absolute blast running swayback in september, it was cool seeing people out walking there dogs too!

trail running
10 months ago

Fun trail system lots of roots and surprisingly some good hills.

hiking
10 months ago

Good trail. They have a 1, 2.5, 4, 7 and 11 mile trail. 7 mile one is pretty good. A few gradual climbs near the end but it moderately easy. A few places need trail markers because you have to choose which way to go. But it isn't that big of an area so it isn't much of a problem. A lot of tree roots on the 7 and 11 mile routes.

hiking
10 months ago

Trails are well marked and defined. Multiuser trails for hikers, bikers & trail runners. Family friendly with a parking area at the trail head.

10 months ago

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hiking
11 months ago

awesome trail with free power and shower..... great for biking walking or running.

hiking
Saturday, June 03, 2017

Pleasant hike- bring a map, just in case you decide to take one of their many side trails. Be alert for bikers as well, as you'll encounter some traffic. Otherwise a very nice and simple hike. Also know that there are varying lengths: blue blazer is the 1 mile trail, green is 2.5, yellow is four, and red is 7.

trail running
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Good exercise

hiking
Monday, May 08, 2017

Lots of shade and great for hiking in the summer. It's a busy trail. I've been out there with other hikers, families, mountain bikers and runners. Several trails with different distances. Maps located in the parking area for you to use to decide.

mountain biking
Monday, April 24, 2017

The trail is actually 11 miles. You can get off at 1, 4, 7 and 11 miles. Moderate exertion and good for beginners. Color coded trail signs let you know which turn to make and there are always maps available at the trailhead. Bring lots of water in the summer months.

hiking
Sunday, February 26, 2017

Great trail with some good views. I did the full 11.12 mile trail (Black Trail). Easy walking with a few small hills.

trail running
Monday, February 13, 2017

Had a blast running this twisty turny series of trails.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

used this trail to prepare for the 2012 Atlanta marathon. if you are in the area I highly suggest it.

hiking
Saturday, December 24, 2016

Fun for all size families! We have 4 children, very young and we were able to have a blast hiking just 2 miles. I'd love to go back and explore every trail. Well kept trail - lots of fun!

hiking
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 16, 2016

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
Thursday, June 02, 2016

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
Friday, April 29, 2016

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!

Friday, April 08, 2016

nice

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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
Tuesday, September 15, 2015

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.

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