7 Undeniable Reasons To Visit The Oldest And Longest Covered Bridge In Alabama
The Swann Covered Bridge is located in Blount County, which hosts the state’s annual Covered Bridge Festival. If you haven’t had a chance to visit this historic covered bridge, listed below are seven reasons why you should. There are currently 11 historic covered bridges still standing in Alabama today, including the Swann Covered Bridge.
1. It's the longest covered bridge in Alabama.
Measuring 324 feet, the Swann Covered Bridge is Alabama's longest existing historic covered bridge.
2. It's also one of Alabama's oldest covered bridges.
The Swann Covered Bridge was constructed in 1933, making it one of Alabama's oldest covered bridges still standing today.
3. Its design is as charming as it is beautiful.
The Swann Covered Bridge is a Lattice Truss design. You just don't see these designs much anymore.
4. It spans the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River.
The Locust Fork is a 158-mile long tributary of the Black Warrior River. It stretches across Blount County and some sections of Etowah, Jefferson, and Marshall counties.
5. During your visit to this historic covered bridge, you can also spend time cooling off in the river.
The Locust Fork is one of Alabama's longest remaining free-flowing rivers. It's also a great place for kayaking, canoeing, swimming, and fishing.
6. It's included on the National Register of Historic Places.
On August 20, 1981, Alabama's Swann Covered Bridge was added to the National Register of Historic Places. It's a must-visit for anyone who loves history.
7. It's one of the few covered bridges in Alabama you can still drive across.
That's right! The Swann Covered Bridge, which was originally called "Joy Covered Bridge," allows cars to drive across it. Keep in mind, it's only a single lane bridge, so you'll want to drive with caution.
Have you ever visited Alabama’s Swann Covered Bridge? If so, please share your experience with us in the comments below.
Another covered bridge in Alabama that’s worthy of a visit is the Horton Mill Covered Bridge. For information, be sure to take a look at the following article:
The Tallest, Most Impressive Covered Bridge In Alabama Can Be Found In The Town Of Oneonta.
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Swann Covered Bridge, Hayden, AL 35079, USA