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Swayback Bridge Trail

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Wetumpka, Alabama

Swayback Bridge Trail is a 4.6 mile heavily 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

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
18 days ago

Not my favorite and kinda boring to me. Mostly just walking through the woods on a flat trail. Very little view of the lake or access to the lake.

1 month ago

FyI - no bathrooms. It was a nice, easy hike. It is definitely a trail more for runners and bikers, in my opinion, because it's pretty much flat and easy the whole way. I think this should be marked "easy" instead of moderate. It's a nice, easy stroll through nature.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed Swayback and the different trails it offered. The beginning was very muddy but it had rained a few days before. I did the yellow trail (4 miles) but will attempt the red trail (7 miles) next.

hiking
2 months ago

Great variety of trail length, kids walked 2.5 round trip no problem. No bathrooms even at the entrance, use before coming. Good incline and trees.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Me and my boyfriend had a great time here. It’s my first hiking trail in Alabama and being from Oregon, it has been a very great experience!

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

walking
muddy
4 months ago

Excellent trail. Very muddy in the beginning and end, but nice for the majority. This is the trail marked by the YELLOW MARKERS. Beautiful January day. Many other hikers and trail bikers.

running
muddy
off trail
rocky
5 months ago

running
5 months ago

This trail is completely runable. Minor roots and rocks but not technical IMHO...good single track. Saw 4 bike riders, 2 hikers, and 2 other trail runners so it was populated. Nice place I will be back to run all 11.2 miles soon.

hiking
bugs
6 months ago

In general nice for a walk in the woods, but today there were many many ticks. I picked eight off my dog on the trail and expect to continue to find more. No flooded sections, no downed trees.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice shaded trail...did the 2.5 mile one

hiking
7 months ago

The shade helped temper the Alabama heat. Trail was well maintained and clearly marked.

hiking
9 months ago

Ran today , it was a 100 degrees out. Other than that it was great . I’d run it again. Nice and shady

mountain biking
10 months ago

Fun trails for mountain biking and hiking! Several interconnecting and well maintained trails. Markings could be a little better tho. Well shaded to stay cooler in the summer.

hiking
bugs
off trail
over grown
Fri May 31 2019

hiking
Sun Apr 14 2019

The good: - Many options at trail length - Well maintained - Good for biking or trail running - I didn’t experience any bugs The bad: - The trail just wraps back and forth. You can see trails everywhere. - Nothing visually appealing - Very poorly marked trails. The trails cross each other with little to no markings. - wet or muddy in spots

hiking
Sun Mar 17 2019

Trails are poorly marked can easily get turned around. Still had a blast talked to some cool people.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
scramble
Sat Mar 09 2019

mountain biking
muddy
Sun Feb 24 2019

mountain biking
Sat Feb 16 2019

I really appreciate all of those who work so hard to maintain these trails. They offer a wide variety of difficulty for all skill sets.

Sun Jan 20 2019

Great trail, been doing it a couple of years now. The 7 mile is challenging, have not done the 11 mile yet. well traveled with friendly people.

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