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In the northern Alabama town of Athens, Swan Creek Greenway offers natural beauty as winds its way through the forest along Swan Creek. Trail-goers will enjoy views of a covered bridge, gentle rapids and glimpses of wildlife. The first half-mile of the trail's northern end is asphalt, while the rest of the 2-mile trail is crushed gravel. The trail connects many recreational facilities, including the state-of-the-art Athens Sportsplex at its northern tip.
In 2011, the picturesque trail was designated as a National Recreation Trail.
To reach the Sportsplex trailhead at the trail's northern end, travelers on Interstate 65 should take exit 354 (US Highway 31 South). After driving 0.9 mile, turn left at the first light into Sportsplex Park. Go 0.6 mile until the road ends and turn left into the trail parking lot.
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