|Highland Station Shopping Center|
Silver Comet Connector can be accessed from parking lot at South Cobb Drive. Amenities: parking, fast food, bike shop
|Mavell Road Trailhead|
Amenities: parking (overflow parking at school), restrooms, water fountain.
|Fontaine Road Trailhead|
|Concord Road Trailhead|
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain and picnic area.
|Floyd Road Trailhead|
Amenities: parking, restrooms & picnic area. The Silver Comet Depot Concessions bike & skate rental, bicycle repair. Call 770-819-3279 for info.
|Carter Road Trailhead|
Amenities: parking only.
|Florence Road Trailhead|
Amenities: parking, horse trailer parking, restrooms, water fountain, convenience store, and restaurant (2 blocks north).
Amenities: bike shop, parking, limited horse trailer parking, restrooms, water fountain, fast food, and restaurants 5 blocks north (use sidewalk along Seaboard Avenue from trailhead).
Amenities: parking, restroom, and picnic area
|Coots Lake Beach Trailhead|
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain. Convenience store is one block away.
|Van Wert Trailhead|
Amenities: parking, restroom, horse trailer parking, picnic area, and convenience store across from trailhead.
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain, picnic areas, restaurants and shops.
|Don Williams Trailhead|
Amenities: parking, restroom. Convenience store is 1.5 miles northeast at US 278 and Bethlehem Road. Camp Comet, 1000 feet west, is a 500 acre park with 4 miles of nature trails and 5 tent campsites that include firepits and cooking grills.
|Grady Road Trailhead|
Amenities: parking only.
Amenities: parking, restrooms, concessions. The Cedartown Depot is a replica of an original train station with a Silver Comet Museum/Community room. It has lockers, showers, concessions and staff during the day. Shops, restaurants and lodging are nearby in downtown Cedartown.
Amenities: parking, restrooms, and horse trailer parking.
|Esom Hill Trailhead|
Amenities: parking, horse trailer parking. Concessions two blocks south.
|State Line Gateway Park|
Park vehicles at Esom Hill Trailhead and go 0.3 miles west. Amenities: picnic tables, lightning shelter.
The Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama is a 33-mile paved trail stretching from the Alabama-Georgia state line to Anniston, Alabama. The Chief Ladiga is on the same rail corridor as the Silver Comet Trail. It travels west to Piedmont then on to Jacksonville and Weaver before ending in Anniston, Alabama. It travels through beautiful wetlands, across streams, through forests and farmlands, and affords incredible views of the Talledega mountains. There are several new and restored railroad trestles just west of the Georgia state line. For more information on this trail please visit: http://www.trailexpress.com
The Trail of Your Dreams
Imagine gliding along on your bike through the north Georgia countryside, crossing a 500-foot-long trestle over a rushing river below, winding between rock cliffs and weaving among tall stately pines. Imagine doing this without having to worry about cars and trucks. Now imagine doing this for 60 miles on one trail!
No, that’s not a dream, it’s the Silver Comet Trail. The trail begins at the intersection of South Cobb Drive and the East-West Connector in Smyrna, Georgia and runs all the way to the Alabama border. There it meets the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama. For more information, please visit the TrailExpress site, which also provides directions to all the trailheads on the Silver Comet.
Building the Silver Comet
Soon after it was abandoned in 1989, various advocacy groups, elected officials, and individuals developed the concept of converting the railroad through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk Counties into a biking and jogging trail. The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) purchased the right-of-way as a potential commuter rail corridor and agreed to interim use as a trail.
In 1998, the PATH Foundation helped formulate a partnership between GDOT, Georgia State Parks, and all three counties. Public money for the project was administered by Georgia State Parks and private contributions were assembled by PATH. PATH also agreed to coordinate development and oversee construction of the trail, except in Cobb County, where the Cobb County DOT built the trail.
The Silver Comet is now complete to the Georgia/Alabama state line, and the Chief Ladiga Trail runs from the state line to Anniston, Alabama, providing a 95.5-mile-long continuous trail from Atlanta to Anniston.
For detailed maps of the Silver Comet, including parking, hospitals, restrooms, water, MARTA, and other points of interest, please order a copy of the Silver Comet Trail Guidebook.