The Swann Covered Bridge, also called the Joy Covered Bridge or Swann-Joy Covered Bridge, is a county-owned, wood-&-metal combination style covered bridge that spans the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Blount County, Alabama, United States. It is located on Swann Bridge Road off State Route 79, just west of the town of Cleveland, about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Oneonta. Coordinates are 33°59′51.35″N 86°36′5.13″W (33.997597, -86.601425).
Built in 1933, the 324-foot (99 m) bridge is a Town Lattice truss construction over three spans. Its WGCB number is 01-05-05. The Swann Covered Bridge was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 20, 1981. It is currently the longest existing historic covered bridge in Alabama and second longest in the state overall after the 334-foot (102 m) Twin Creek Covered Bridge in Midway, Alabama which was built in 2000. After having been closed to motor vehicle traffic in 2009, it was restored and reopened to motor vehicle traffic on October 22, 2012. It is accessible via Swann Bridge Road from both sides. The bridge was once again closed until further notice on June 9, 2018 after a motor vehicle accident damaged the western entrance of the structure and concrete support. It was reopened by December 31, 2018. The Swann Covered Bridge is maintained by the Blount County Commission and the Alabama Department of Transportation.
Swann Covered Bridge is currently undergoing renovations but it was not a wasted trip. If you are facing the entrance of the bridge and go to the left it’s an easy walk to a “beach” area that has sand and the water is very refreshing. There is a rope swing and the water is clear and cool! It’s a very beautiful way to spend a hot summer day.
Beautiful place. Cannot drive across,. But park and walk across is worth seeing!!
The bridge is closed coming from 79 but you can go around to the other side and are able to drive down to the bridge and there is parking Take joy rd to swann bridge road and it’ll take you straight there 👍
Great if you are riding around enjoying the countryside and colored leaves. It has creek access for hiking with extra parking. Beautiful bridge and countryside views.
05/17/2019 A day trip to Swann Covered Bridge. What a great drive and beautiful day for nature. The bridge and the road leading to it are open and in good condition. There is a place for visitors to park on the North end of the bridge. The bridge is beautifully engineered and built sturdy. The smell of the timber as you drive over the bridge is very pleasant. The view of the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River is just beautiful. The river rocks peek out through the water and invite you for a better view without getting wet. However, if you are balance challenged (as I apparently am), you may want to stay on the banks. I was walking on the rocks and getting ready to take a great shot of the river, when I lost my balance and slipped on a wet rock, and went head, elbow, and knee first into the river and rocks below. I lost my phone from my pocket, drowned my Canon camera, and soaked everything but the top 1 inch of my head. You may think this would have soured me on the experience, but you would be wrong. This days outing and our venue were welcomed and enjoyed, bruises and all. Take a picnic lunch and let Mother Nature sing you a soothing water song as the water rushes over the rocks, and down the river banks. You won’t regret it.
Cool old wood covered Bridge, still drivable too. Awesome place underneath to fish also. Will be definitely trying that out next time now that I know. Even seen people there in kayaks on the river. 👍 😃
Loved this place. Amazing but like someone else said. The Young people take over after dark. But they have video cameras on location. Water and bridge are worth the drive. Only a 1 HR and a few min from Huntsville AL ..
This was a very interesting bridge! I was upset with the vandalism. I know it's hard to keep it cleaned up and I hope with the cameras I saw they got the ones who did this. We should treasure things like this! My goal this year is to travel to all the covered bridges in Alabama with my daughter. I loved the bridge!!