Swayback Bridge Trail

Location Trail Type Difficulty Length Fee
Wetumpka, AL Singletrack Intermediate 12+ miles Free

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".

Trail Access

Provided by Alabama Power Co. ( great folks to work with)

Trail Use

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.

Trail Description

Important Note: 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

Future Plans

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 existing trails.


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.