Silver Comet

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 where it meets the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama.  The Silver Comet is 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.

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Silver Comet In The News!

(MDJ) Making the connection: Silver Comet Trail to BeltLine connector in the works

By Gena Hillhouse | October 26, 2018

From the Marietta Daily Journal (July 30, 2018): Cobb leaders are optimistic that users of the Silver Comet Trail will one day be able to move their feet or bicycle wheels from the south end of the county all the way to the Atlanta BeltLine. … “It would be the most incredible trail in the…

(AJC) Cobb rail, trail advocates await CSX lease renewal

By Gena Hillhouse | October 26, 2018

From the AJC (August 3, 2018): Local officials and advocates for transit and greenspace are eagerly awaiting an announcement from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office that could have major implications for the future of mobility in Cobb County. Fans of the Silver Comet Trail are also hoping CSX will agree to abandon several miles of rail…

(AJC) Atlanta spends $6.3M on CSX land for BeltLine expansion

By Gena Hillhouse | October 26, 2018

From the AJC (August 6, 2018): A kudzu-covered stretch of old CSX rail lines is set to become a key piece of the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside expansion. The City of Atlanta and the BeltLine announced Monday that they had purchased 1.8 miles of land from the train giant using $6.3 million from the 2016 transportation special purpose local…

(Atlanta INTown) 1.8 miles of former rail corridor purchased for Atlanta BeltLine extension

By Gena Hillhouse | October 26, 2018

From Atlanta INTown (August 6, 2018): The City of Atlanta and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) have closed on 1.8 miles of former railroad corridor on the Westside, a stretch of track informally known as “the Kudzu Line.” The purchase provides land for the mainline corridor, in addition to creating points of contact for potential spur…

(AJC) New CSX lease addresses passenger rail, Silver Comet

By Gena Hillhouse | October 26, 2018

From the AJC (September 7, 2018): Georgia’s State Properties Commission announced on Friday the signing of a new, 50-year lease agreement with CSX for the company’s continued use of the state-owned Western and Atlantic railroad. The contract preserves CSX’s exclusive control over freight access but also reserves Georgia’s right to install passenger rail at a…

Cobb rail, trail advocates await CSX lease renewal

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (August 2018):

Local officials and advocates for transit and greenspace are eagerly awaiting an announcement from Gov. Nathan Deal’s office that could have major implications for the future of mobility in Cobb County.

CSX’s lease of the Western & Atlantic Railroad, which is owned by the state, is almost up for renewal, and the terms of the new contract will determine whether passenger rail could one day be operated along the same line.

Fans of the Silver Comet Trail are also hoping CSX will agree to abandon several miles of rail it owns that would clear the way to connect the Silver Comet to the Atlanta Beltline by way of a riverside park.

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Push to connect Atlanta Beltline with Silver Comet Trail is getting real

From Curbed Atlanta (June 2017):

4,000 signatures delivered to Governor Deal in hopes of igniting further dialogue.

Imagine hopping on the Atlanta Beltline in, say, Old Fourth Ward and having the ability to travel clear to Alabama without leaving a dedicated, paved trail.

That’s the vision of two motivated groups—the PATH Foundation and Connect the Comet—who want to bridge the gap between Atlanta’s wildly popular Beltline and the Silver Comet Trail.  The gap is just 6 and 12 miles of unused railway corridor.

For now, the Silver Comet Trail is a staggering 61.5 miles long and one of the most traveled trails in Georgia, counting more than 2 million users annually.

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