Swayback Bridge Trail
The information on this page was given to me by a person
closing down his web site.
For more accurate and current information visit Trail of Legends web site.
I will update this page after I have had the opportunity to ride here.
For current information visit
the official page of the Swayback Bridge Trail
River Region MTB @ http://riverregionmtb.org
Directions - Swayback Bridge Trail
- 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".
Provided by Alabama Power Co. ( great folks to
Mountain Bikers and Hikers Only: Trail is off
limits to horses and all motorized vehicles (including
motorcycles and ATV's ) Please be considerate of hikers at
all times. They are a vital part of the
organization. Some have small children with them.
More land has been acquired and more
trails created since this description was written. Visit the
Trail of Legends web site for current information.
The trail is an 8 mile loop consisting of
some tight and technical singletrack with some steep ups and
downs. It is marked at major turns with arrows- blue for
clockwise and red for counterclockwise. Mileage markers are
posted @ 1/2 mile intervals. The trail is now seasoned and
chopped sections are stable. Off camber is almost
non-existent. Plenty of roots and rocks to watch out
for. Bikers will love the "Roller coaster"
trail along Lake Jordan. Great close-up views
of the water as you glide the fast track! (better pay
attention). One section consists of fun switch backs
through pines, ending either in a quick, fun descent to a
beautiful hardwood bottom, or a power line if you are traveling
the other direction. The power line is fast track (big ring
section) and you can maintain speed back into the woods for
several hundred feet on rolling singletrack. There is a new
section near the trailhead (.5 mi.) that features about 1.5 -2.0
miles of fast singletrack with some short up and down bursts, but
is not representative of most of the loop. The logging road
at the trailhead carries you to the .5 marker which is a left
turn into the first singletrack. The road stays pretty wet
except during summer. Try to ride the edges. I
haven't said much about the "grunt" sections, but they
neatly interspersed with the fast stuff throughout the
loop. Chris and company did an excellent job of trail
layout with maximum land use and minimal environmental impact. A
must-ride track for Alabama Mountain Bikers
While the skill level is now about
intermediate; some loops will be developed around the difficult
sections to give less skilled riders an option. Alabama Power is
now considering more land use for Trail of Legends adjacent to
Parking is in the pea gravel covered parking
lot is on the right side of the road. It is located in front of
large information sign board. The trailhead is directly
across the gravel road from the parking lot.