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Silver Comet Trail

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Highland Station Shopping Center: 33.843972, -84.501643
Mavell Road Trailhead: 33.841809, -84.517538
Fontaine Road Trailhead: 33.844714, -84.538443
Concord Road Trailhead: 33.852428, -84.558238
Floyd Road Trailhead: 33.846704, -84.585661
Carter Road Trailhead: 33.857092, -84.656868
Florence Road Trailhead: 33.869387, -84.700792
Hiram Trailhead: 33.882205, -84.754404
Rambo Trailhead: 33.915184, -84.868923
Coots Lake Beach Trailhead: 33.976913, -85.004182
Van Wert Trailhead: 33.984063, -85.040928
Downtown Rockmart: 33.997674, -85.053068
Don Williams Trailhead: 33.997178, -85.154697
Grady Road Trailhead: 34.001216, -85.166659
Cedartown Depot: 34.008776, -85.254807
Martin Trailhead: 34.004147, -85.277317
Esom Hill Trailhead: 33.952325, -85.388440
State Line Gateway Park: 33.950248, -85.396122
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Highland Station Shopping Center
Silver Comet Connector can be accessed from parking lot at South Cobb Drive.  Amenities: parking, fast food, bike shop
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Mavell Road Trailhead
Amenities: parking (overflow parking at school), restrooms, water fountain.
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Fontaine Road Trailhead
Amenities: p.
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Concord Road Trailhead
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain and picnic area.
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Floyd Road Trailhead
Amenities: parking, restrooms & picnic area. The Silver Comet Depot Concessions bike & skate rental, bicycle repair. Call 770-819-3279 for info.
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Carter Road Trailhead
Amenities: parking only.
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Florence Road Trailhead
Amenities: parking, horse trailer parking, restrooms, water fountain, convenience store, and restaurant (2 blocks north).
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Hiram Trailhead
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).
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Rambo Trailhead
Amenities: parking, restroom, and picnic area
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Coots Lake Beach Trailhead
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain. Convenience store is one block away.
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Van Wert Trailhead
Amenities: parking, restroom, horse trailer parking, picnic area, and convenience store across from trailhead.
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Downtown Rockmart
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain, picnic areas, restaurants and shops.
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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.
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Grady Road Trailhead
Amenities: parking only.
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Cedartown Depot
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.

Cedartown Depot
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Martin Trailhead
Amenities: parking, restrooms, and horse trailer parking.
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Esom Hill Trailhead
Amenities: parking, horse trailer parking. Concessions two blocks south.
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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.

We’ve also put together a guide to hotels and campgrounds along the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails. Download the Trip Guide above.

For information on the Dasani Bikes bike checkout program, please contact the Rockmart Library at (770) 684-3022.