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Swayback Bridge

Average Rating:    (4.27 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 30

Tight and technical trail with some steep ups and downs. This trail doesn't give you any rest for the first 2 miles but then winds along Lake Jordan ala Tsali. Plenty of roots and rocks. There is new trail currently being constructed to make this a 10 mile loop.
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Latitude
32.624412392687944
Longitude
-86.24085187911987
Trail Directions
North from Montgomery on US 231 through Wetumpka. 3.4 miles past inetsection with AL 14 you will see signs for Jordan Dam. You can only turn left. Travel 2.4 miles and and take a left(If you go over bridge you have gone too far). After left go 150 yds and parking is on your right. It is off a very short 70 yd dirt road. Trail head is off of this road.
Trail Length
11.6 out and back
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Wetumpka
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Review Date
January 14, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Hawkdriver ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
Visiting the and thought I'd check this trail out. I am glad I did. This trail has a lot of roots, but gives you lots of opportunity to keep your speed up. It's flows really nicely with only one, maybe two turns, that catch you by surprise. Otherwise, all turns allow you to keep up speed with several berms to roll through on. The few short steep climbs or mostly short and not very steep. One hill, the elevator, you'll probably have to get off and push the bike up. I hit the trail at 3 pm on a Saturday and there were only a handful of riders.

Very little elevation gain, so aerobically not too challenging. Lots of roots, but otherwise not a lot of technical sections (switchbacks, rock gardens, drops, etc)

Bike I rode: I purchased a used Mongoose 29er and man did it kick my butt. Really heavy, no compression...wish I had my FS, but visiting from from Korea so no such luck.

Recommended Route:
Only rode the black route and it was a blast.



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Review Date
January 18, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: bikediamond ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Coming from Utah I wasn't sure what the trails would be like here, but I brought the MTB anyway. I'm glad I did, for the next 3 weeks I will ride this trail 4 or 5 more times. No long or sustained climbing, but nice and tight, flows very nice. I was impressed. Can't wait to get out and see what else Alabama has to offer. I'm only here 6 weeks, but I'll make the most of em. Very well designed. I rode this trail after two days of rain and it was muddy in sections but overall it seems to drain pretty quick.

Recommended Route:
Red route, this trail is broken into colored routes( 4 all together,I think) red trail was the longest close to 10 mile loop is what the signs out on the trail said, on the map it said 7.5, I left my computer at home so not sure how far it was. I rode it twice and it took right at two hours. I wasn't pushing hard and there was no long climbs so not real sure how long the trail is. Doesn't matter, it was a blast... If your down in this area, this is a MUST ride.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
None yet, just down visiting for a couple weeks. Not familiar with the area... But I was impressed with Swayback Bridge Trail. Very well designed.



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Review Date
October 6, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Dan Paine ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Someone(s) put a lot of thought and effort into making this trail and they did a pretty awesome job. Not a big fan of man made loops but this one just may change my mind. This trail has nice rollers and winds endlessly though the trees and ravines... good mix of up and downs equalled against off canter trails around the ridge lines. Again well thought out!!! Not the most technical of trails but if you don't pay attention you will hit a tree with all the turns. Trail in great condition even after the three weeks of monsoon rains they had this year..another testament to the great planning.

Recommended Route:
I hooked the black route, all routes are marked outstandingly, which kept me busy for a mid length ride. The area called "The Zippa" was rockin and made a good trail well worth coming back too!!! Could re-ride or combine loops for any length day you want...with all the twists and turns it would take a while to memorize everything here.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Seems there are no other trails in this immediate area....



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Review Date
July 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: desteig ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I use to ride this trail on a regular bases when I lived in the Montgomery area from 2001-2003 but July 12th 08 was my first trip back since leaving the area. I use to say the Swayback trails were the second best trails in the area, Oak Mountain being #1. I knew there had been a new 4 mile section of trail added but still I didn’t think these trails could be as good as Oak Mountain. After riding them yesterday they are no longer second best in mind. You may not get the long climbs that you get at Oak Mountain but there are plenty of climbs that will test your endurance and you ability to pick the right line to complete the climb. There are also plenty of fast descents along the trail to test your nerve and handling skills. The last time I rode the trails they had been severely hurt by logging efforts in the area. They are back and better than ever. There was also a lot of mud last time I rode but now there are bridges over most of these areas preventing the deep ruts and erosion that would eventually happen. These trails are beautifully maintained and will test any skill rider and the group I came with proves this. We had good sport class riders down to true beginners and all were able to handle the trails as long as they stayed within their skill level. (Matter of fact it was the good riders who were doing the bleeding and that was because of the speed they were able to ride and the chances they were willing to take. Just some scrapes no serious injury to rider or bike.) The technical aspects increase when you ride them faster and you can go fast. In the same token they can be ridden by anyone if they stay within their skill limits. Also the trails are marked better than any trails I have ever ridden. I would like to give some big kudos to the folks who maintain these trails. If you want long climbs go to Oak Mountain. If you want fast twisting, rolling, short steep climbs come to Swayback. It will not take me 5 years to get back.

Recommended Route:
Enter under the big sign and follow the colored markers to the route of your choice. Get a map at the bulletin board.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mountain, Bartram Trail



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Review Date
April 13, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a year

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Reviewed by: tatim78 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
I have ridden this trail for the first time today. I loved it! The trail offers riders a great ride with some very fast sections and some slightly technical sections as well. There are several elevation changes that may challenge even the best of riders. The technical aspect of the trail is all left up to how fast you choose to ride. Many roots and rocks at off camber slopes challenge riders to maintain course on a particular line. The trail is extremely well maintained and great for experts and beginners alike. Make sure you wear your helmet, you may find out you're not quite as invincible as you think on this one.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Oak Mtn



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