Alabama was once home to more than 35 covered bridges, but most have disappeared over the years due to deterioration, neglect, arson or vandalism. Today, eleven covered bridges can still be seen in the state.
Swann Covered Bridge is located in Blount County, near Cleveland (one mile west of Alabama 79, northwest of Cleveland). Built in 1934, across the Locust Fork of the Warrior River, the 324 ft. long bridge is currently the longest surviving covered bridge in the state and the fourth longest one to have been built.
The Bridge was built on property that once belonged to Swann Farms. Therefore, it is generally known as the Swann Bridge, although some residents used to refer to the bridge as the Joy Bridge, because it was on the road leading to the community of Joy.
After having been closed to motor vehicle traffic in 2009, it was restored and reopened on October 22, 2012.