Murderous stretch from Rockmart to Cedartown -
RKM from Silver Spring, MD on 09/15/2012 11:58 AM
I just finished riding the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Trails. I drove down from Washington DC to ride it. I had a wonderful time riding since the weather was slightly hot, but not overwhelmingly so and my daughter accompanied me as a sag wagon, should I need one. Thanks to not having any rain or bike breakdowns, I rode the entire stretch from Smyrna to Anniston.
The only challenge on the trip occurs between Rockmart and Cedartown where the blogs and websites warn of some hilly terrain that can be tiring. Let me correct that impression. These are reclaimed highways designed for Chevys and Fords for 12 miles. There are a dozen hills of at least 1/2 mile that are, without Lance Armstrong's steroids, impossible to climb on your bike. It took me 2 and 1/2 hours to go about 7 miles. I walked my bike up half the hills and rested for 20 minutes each at the top of three of them. No one anywhere warns you sufficiently about this stretch. This is a conspicuous and dangerous riding section that the fine people in Georgia tend simply to not say a thing about. I almost died on this stretch. After my heart attack a year ago, I was not ready for this challenge, and I emailed my relatives immediately to sue the state for their conspicuous avoidance of a sufficient warning of this dangerous stretch.
My guess is that most of you already know this section exists because in my 2 and 1/2 hours only two other riders passed me. I suspect those of you from the area simply ride west from Cedartown instead of east and those in Rockmart merely head east (only) to avoid it. But those of us coming from out of state are trapped by this section without warning.
Did anyone else out there suffer from these misleading messages that fail to warn anyone of what tremendous difficulty is involved in this stretch of road (it's not a trail)?
SRR from Marietta, GA on 09/24/2012 07:26 AM
An apt description of that stretch. The SCT is a meandering trail for the most part and is only of fairly moderate difficulty, however, and I have never made it a secret when telling others about it, that 12 miles, as noted above, is Difficult. Not for the big shot riders, of course, but for the average rider, which is about 98%, it's a test. Yes, many go west from Cedartown or east from Rockmart, that's the easier thing to do. I remember my travails the first time I did this stretch and while not walking I was certainly spinning. Also, this 12 miles is situated nearly in the 'middle' of the Anniston to Smyrna ride and is s big psychological hurdle for the average rider as they get nearer, and nearer, this stretch. It is enjoyable though, and makes the SCT more, er...'interesting'...:-)
Also, that stretch is out in the 'boondocks' so one will see relatively few riders along this area. I would always suggest a buddy if doing the full stretch from Symrna to Anniston, or simply through this 12 mile stretch.
David from Buford Ga on 09/30/2012 09:10 PM
Your description is the best of the Alps section of the SCT. We stopped to rest on one of the benches and scrawled by an obviously weary hand stated THIS PART SUX. Compared to most of the SCT how hilly is the Chief Ladiga trail.
Steve H from Pelham, AL on 11/01/2012 01:05 PM
The Chief Ladiga is flat, flat, flat. Since it is entirely an old railway, very slight grades here and there. Going east, you won't hit a real grade until you get to Cedartown. Planning on riding the SCT from Cedartown to Dallas this weekend. Your description makes me a little nervous.
renegadetenor from denver on 02/18/2013 10:12 PM
Though I have not ridden it, a person is responsible for knowing what kind of condition he is in, and besides those kind of hurdles are part of the adventure. Try riding across "flat" Nebraska, with an incessant headwind.
Richard C Beck from Conyers, GA on 12/24/2013 08:59 PM
The hilly portion is there as a detour because... that part of the old Silver Comet RR is still active with trains on it. So it's best to have a low gear of less than 36 gear inches(G.I.). See sheldonbrown.com
Davo from Menlo on 12/28/2013 06:59 PM
As a 52 year old beginner, I expect the worst, and hope for flat ground. When I rode down the hill, I wondered why there was a bench half way down, I was wrong, the bench was half way up, for a reason. I made the ride without stopping until I reached the top. I rested with the 20 year olds who were tired also. If you wish only for flat ground, get a stationary bike.
Gene from Indiana on 02/14/2014 12:35 AM
You want flat ground, try riding the Cowboy Trail in northern Nebraska. (www.bikecowboytrail.com) You can ride from one county road to the next and it will show you what the whole trail is like. Warning: they have the Texas goathead sandburr and it is attracted to bicycle tires. It went through my Kevlar tires on my Burley trailer.
Ed skater from Sarasota on 04/28/2014 03:36 PM
Give me a break, sue because it was to hilly? I am 50 and road/walked it on my longboard skateboard in the 188 mile 3 day stage race that goes the whole length of the Chief Ladiga and the silver comit trail and back. Damn sue happy USA nothing should be a challenge/adventure. I say to you stay at home next time.
Radmann from Inwood , WV on 09/17/2017 06:15 PM
IF it took you 2 1/2 hours to go 7 miles due to the hill(s) then you might consider NOT riding at all and sticking to a gym or simply ride flat trails. The Washington & Old Dominion trail (in your area)has hills and dozens of crossings making it a challenge of sorts. I hate losing momentum while riding. I live in West Virginia where we have LOTS of hills.
Anonymous on 09/27/2017 02:45 AM
This I over Garbage Hill dumb ass. Dah go sue your own ignorant stupid ass for not researching data.
pk from Memphis on 09/20/2017 05:13 PM
hello. my buddy and I are planning to ride the CL and SC trail starting on oct 19 through the weekend we did this a few yrs ago. I am wondering if anybody knows if there was damage on the trail from Hurricane Irma? damage that hasn't been repaired or can not be repaired? thanks
JH from Orange Park, FL on 09/24/2017 03:08 PM
Hope you get some answers. I'd like to know too.
bm from Alpharetta on 09/25/2017 12:48 AM
There were no issues with the SCT trail from mile 0 to mile 52 (cedartown), and likely no problems that i've from that to the state line. As to CL, i wouldn't know. You can see where a number of trees fell down, but those have been cut up.
Chief Ladiga/Anniston shuttle options -
AgentOrange90 from Mableton, Ga on 08/13/2017 06:49 PM
I really want to bike from Esom Hill trail head to the Chief Ladiga trailhead in Anniston, AL. I can handle 30 miles but don't think I would be able to make it back. I am curious if there are any Uber options in Anniston where you can get a lift with your bike back to Esom Hill. I may drive out to Anniston and bike a bit of the trail out there; then scout out the taxi companies or other transportation options. I figure I may be able to find a local there and pay them gas & transport fee for lift back to Esom Hill.
new peddler on 08/24/2017 02:33 PM
Did you find a taxi service or uber driver?
Know of any 'scheduled' group rides on SCT ? -
RJ from Sugar Hill, GA on 03/05/2017 11:30 AM
Does anyone know of any 'group' rides, which would be 'open to the public,' that are planned this spring or summer on the Silver Comet?
BM from Alpharetta, GA on 03/28/2017 04:49 PM
Try meetup.com and look for something called Silver Comet Trail Cycling. They started last fall; they had a few rides. Appears to be just regular riders and not the speed demons.
RJ on 03/28/2017 08:55 PM
Thank you BM ... found it & joined.
JA from Acworth on 04/09/2017 10:36 AM
No luck with meet up. Any other information pertaining to casual group rides? Don't enjoy riding solo.
B M from Alpharetta, GA on 07/20/2017 07:20 PM
Overnight trail head parking and camping -
Dave from Slagle on 07/10/2017 10:25 AM
Hi all. I was planning an overnight trip in the next couple weeks starting at Camp Highland Rd in Smyrna near the Smyrna Bicycles. Is the little parking lot along the road a good place to leave a car overnight (relatively speaking)? It looks like it was probably built for the trail users. Also, has anyone stayed at the Chief Ladiga Campground in Piedmont AL? Was thinking about staying the night there, and heading back the next day. Appreciate any info you have. Thanks!
trail closures -
Americamper from Anniston on 06/29/2017 11:41 PM
Anyone know if there are any current trail closures on any part of the Silver Comet Trail?
Trail Trip -
TM from Dalton GA on 12/13/2016 06:26 PM
I plan to ride the trail from end to end , I have ridden the Silver Comet Trail from begining to Rockmart and back in 1 day, no hils at all, I see there are hills from the other side of Rockmart to Cedartown, how hard are they? I will train before I make this ride to make but I want to make it in 12hrs. what do you think! P.S. I am not a professional rider.
jenny from chattanooga on 01/15/2017 08:09 PM
the hills are tough-- short but steep-- but they're only in a 4-5 mile segment with some flat areas in between hills. since it's on the trail, it's easy to pull over and catch your breath if needed. i'm a recreational rider and made it fine (but not without sweat and cursing)!
Deegie from Jefferson TX on 02/22/2017 01:47 PM
my husband and I did Smyrna to the line and back for 123 miles and were on the bikes 10 hours. trashmore mountain is a bad boy all right! I only cried once :) have fun! we are prepping to do a 2 days 200 mil out and back in the spring!
BM from Alpharettaa on 04/19/2017 08:48 PM
TM...are you still planning to do this this year? Alone? I'm training for it as well. Let me know and I'll send contact info.
Walter from Atlanta on 06/23/2017 09:23 PM
I rode the stretch from Rockmart to the Chief Ladiga trail head. I didn't think the Trashmore mt section was too terrible. I seem to remember it even had swtichbacks which made it easier. I seem to remember a huge downhill stretch after this that seemed to go on for a few miles. I have riden the entire trail and the Rockmart to Cedartown stretch to me is by far the best.
Arvind Krishna from Atlanta on 06/25/2017 09:49 PM
I plan to do it one-way - from Atlanta to Anniston. Is there any way to bring my bike back on any vehicle. I found that Amtrak in this route does not have the facility to carry the bike.
Maximum quad width on Silver Comet Trail -
JB from Calhoun on 05/22/2017 10:52 AM
What is the maximum width of trikes or quads on the trail due to the bollards (posts) that keep cars off the trail? My wife & I are thinking about getting a side-by-side quad but fear it will not fit between the posts. Some of the quads range from 38 to 55 inches wide. Anybody know a good source for these? We've read about Rhoads Car, Quadracycle LLC, etc.
Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont -
Clarke33 from Huntsville on 04/09/2017 10:01 AM
Great place to start your ride from. Eddie and all the volunteers that staff the welcome center are very warm and friendly and offer a great place to stop if riding from another part of the trail. Bathrooms outside and one inside that has a shower to use if you bring a towel. I ride the CL/SC every few weeks and highly recommend this stop.
RJ from Sugar Hill, GA on 04/09/2017 01:49 PM
Good info Clark. - Many thanks
Smyrna to Anniston -
Smyrna to Anniston on 03/29/2017 02:52 PM
Are any parts of the trail closed
The Bricks on South Marble in Rockmart -
Rob from Knoxville, TN on 03/19/2017 08:00 PM
According to Google Search this location is closed. The link on the page is NSF.
lodging at Coots Lake -
Suzy L from Lagrange, GA on 09/13/2016 08:57 PM
Does anyone know of lodging at Coots Lake Beach Trailhead
Anonymous on 03/03/2017 04:39 PM
About 1 mile west of Coots Lake .....
A few miles further west is Rome ....
Anonymous on 03/03/2017 08:35 PM
My apologies ... I just posted that ' "Rome" was a few miles further west.' I had intended to say that "Rockmart" was few miles further west. Sorry for that error on my part. Thx.
Coot's Lake -
Carol Maher from Cartersville, GA on 02/22/2017 09:10 AM
Coot's Lake, One of many beautiful places along the Silver Comet trail. Another 3 miles to the East and you enter the Brushy Mtn. Tunnel.
Where can I camp -
Andy on 01/15/2017 11:14 AM
looking for good spot near aniston
Anonymous on 11/01/2016 07:37 PM
Great lunch available at Soli's Soups, Salads and Sandwiches. Try the chicken salad and pimento cheese. Short distance off the trail in downtown.
Disability access -
Respecthelect from FL on 09/14/2016 09:16 PM
Is a sub-50cc mobility-scooter allowed on the trail? Florida treats sub-50cc scooters similar to bicycles, in that they can drive on sidewalks and license plates are optional. Have read Georgia law and it likewise treats sub-50cc scooters like bicycles - in their own separate category. Mine has Florida handicap plates (service-connected disability). Family is planning to bike the trail and I'd like to tag along, if it's allowed?
lodging at Don Williams -
Suzy L from Lagrange, GA on 09/13/2016 08:59 PM
Does anyone know of lodging at Don Williams Trail Head?