|Carter Road Trailhead - Mile 8.6 |
Amenities: parking only.
|Cedartown Depot - Mile 51.3 |
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.
|Concord Road Trailhead - Mile 2.6 |
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain and picnic area.
|Coots Lake Beach Trailhead - Mile 33.5 |
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain. Convenience store is one block away.
|Don Williams Trailhead - Mile 44.9 |
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.
|Downtown Rockmart - Mile 37.6 |
Amenities: parking, restrooms, water fountain, picnic areas, restaurants and shops.
|Esom Hill Trailhead - Mile 61.2 |
Amenities: parking, horse trailer parking. Concessions two blocks south.
|Florence Road Trailhead - Mile 11.8 |
Amenities: parking, horse trailer parking, restrooms, water fountain, convenience store, and restaurant (2 blocks north).
|Floyd Road Trailhead - Mile 4.2 |
Amenities: parking, restrooms & picnic area.
|Fontaine Road Trailhead - Mile 1.2 |
Amenities: parking only.
|Grady Road Trailhead - Mile 45.8 |
Amenities: parking only.
|Highland Station Shopping Center |
Silver Comet Connector can be accessed from parking lot at South Cobb Drive. Amenities: parking, fast food, bike shop
|Hiram Trailhead - Mile 14.7 |
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).
|Martin Trailhead - Mile 52.9 |
Amenities: parking, restrooms, and horse trailer parking.
|Mavell Road Trailhead - Mile 0 |
Amenities: parking (overflow parking at school), restrooms, water fountain.
|Nathan Dean Park - mile 38.7 |
enities: parking, restrooms, water fountain, picnic area, restaurants two blocks west.
|Paulding Chamber Trailhead - mile 19.4 |
Amenities: parking and restrooms.
|Rambo Trailhead - Mile 22.2 |
Amenities: parking, restroom, and picnic area
|State Line Gateway Park - Mile 61.5 |
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 Silver Comet Georgia.
|Tara Drummond Trailhead - mile 20.2 |
Amenities: parking, restrooms and water fountain.
|Van Wert Trailhead - Mile 36.1 |
Amenities: parking, restroom, horse trailer parking, picnic area, and convenience store across from trailhead.
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 Silver Comet Georgia 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.