Silver Comet Trail
|Smyrna to Alabama- Georgia Line
|Paved Railroad Bed
DESCRIPTION: The Silver Comet Trail is a converted Rails-to-trails ride. It starts eleven miles North of Atlanta, Ga. It is now complete to the Alabama-Georgia State line. There it connects with the Chief Ladiga Trail. This forms one trail which will go from Atlanta, GA, to Anniston, AL, or a distance of ninety four (94) miles. There are several lighted tunnels on the Silver Comet. One is under US 278 near Van Wert, GA, and the other under Brushy Mountain, about 8 miles from Rockmart. The section SE of the Coots Lake Trail Head is a very scenic and remote section of the trail. I rode the Silver Comet trail this summer on a newly acquired EZ Racer Recumbent bicycle. This is the perfect trail and bike combination. It is also a perfect place for the growing popularity of the recumbent trike. The Georgia Department of Transportation has supported this trail effort. Where the railroad was not accessible for trail use they helped to locate the trail on the right-of-way of US278. That part of the trail goes from Cedartown to Rockmart and is not on a railroad bed. That approximately 15 miles of trail is different and more hills than the rest of the trail, some of them very steep. That part of the trail is very senic.
WHO USES THIS TRAIL: Young folks, old folks, retired folks, families with kids, will be seen on the trail. Local folks and people who travel hundreds of miles to bicycle, skate, run, or walk the trail. It is suitable for families because of the level trail with great views of the Georgia landscape.
FACILITIES: There is no shortage of parking areas for bikers, walkers, runners, and such. Many have restrooms and other facilities. Some of them are very near stores and restaurants.
DIRECTIONS: The park in Rockmart is an excellent
start for a ride on the trail. There were no signs on the roads
pointing to the trail head and parking. If traveling East on US
278 watch for Hi-way 6 business to the right. This will take you
through downtown Rockmart. The park is easy to see from a bridge
on Hi-way 6. The park and river-walk are below the bridge. There
appears to be ample parking and the park is beautiful and well
cared for. There are many nice places along the trail with
benches for resting or looking at some of the scenery.
In Dallas the trail head is directly off of US 278 loop around Dallas. It is located between mile markers 7 and 8. There is a sign on the highway. After turning follow the road out to the nursery.
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Author: Aaron and Alabama Mountain Biking