|Wetumpka, AL||Singletrack||Intermediate||12+ miles||Free|
Trail of Legends - this is the official site of the Swayback Bridge Trail. Visit it for the latest information about the trail.
Provided by Alabama Power Co. ( great folks to work with)
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.
Chris Snyder and local Mountain Bikers from the area. The governing organization is "Trail of Legends Inc."
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.
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Aaron's Alabama Mountain Biking