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Soli's Soups, Salads & Sandwiches in Rockmart
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Rick Hancock from Grafton on 03/25/2021 08:51 AM
Riding the SC/CL 1st week of april. Camping the 1st night at Beautiful Rock. We're planning to set up cam then bike a couple miles to Rockmart and eat at Soli's. How is the traffic on S Marble St? I realize the restaurant is closer to mp 38 but we were going to take the shirt cut. Thoughts?


Places to stay/shuttle setvice
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DD from Hot Springs Village, AR on 03/05/2021 08:03 PM
Planning to ride the trail this spring as a life list item. Recommendations on places to stay and shuttle service for senior (70+] cyclist?

 
Pat from Greencastle, IN on 03/08/2021 08:22 AM
Hello DD,
WE too are planning the ride Smyrna to Anniston and return first week of April. We have picked out a few hotels not far from the trail over the 4 days.

Our plan is to stay at:
Quality In in Cedartown, GA
Hampton Inn in Jacksonville, AL
Econo Lodge Inn & Suites Rockmart, GA
Comfort Inn & Suites Smyrna, GA

So, obviously depends on how you want to break up the trip and to what may be the most logical stops along the way.

AS to a shuttle, I know that BRUCE in one of the blogs below titled
'Assist with shuttle' mentions he can shuttle people IF you get on his schedule....no charge. You might scroll down and look at that and communicate with Bruce.

Hope this helps! Enjoy the ride as we plan to

 
BRUCE from Marietta on 03/18/2021 08:43 AM
Still willing to shuttle .
contact

bcoyle@paulding.gov


Milling of Chief Ladiga Trail (CLT)
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Rob from Weaver on 03/17/2021 06:29 AM
Happy to report the CLT is in much better shape, less root issues. Piedmont has mitigated much of the root issues in the same fashion as Cleburne County, & Jacksonville. There is care needed from mile marker 9 to about 22, as the size of the milling teeth is much larger and creates deeper gouges in the asphalt, for small sized tires. Bottom line is a cleaner ride for 33 miles from Stateline to Michael Tucker Park.


Hilly section of the Silver Comet Trail
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Pat from Greencastle, IN on 02/10/2021 03:30 PM
Hello...was planning a trip to do the out and back on the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails first week of April.

Wondering about the 'hilly section' and the road to ride on. Are you actually riding on Hwy 278, and if so...how busy of a road? Looks to be about 14 miles of relatively hilly terrain?

Would appreciate comments from folks who have ridden this section. We are in better than average cycling experience and condition.

Thanks,
Pat

 
BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 02/14/2021 12:27 AM
No, you are not riding on 278. There is trail in this area. But it isn't on the railroad bed. I think that part is still used by trains. A couple of miles after leaving Rockmart the trail runs parallel to 278 for about three miles, but it is well separated from the highway. It turns south away from the highway and sometimes parallels the railroad, crossing it several times. Here’s my map I prepared before our ride. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/26398845

YES it is hilly—hillier than 278. It was a bit much for me, but I’m well into my 70s.

 
Pat from Greencastle on 02/25/2021 09:30 PM
Thanks BiknJ for the details of the hilly part of the trail. Appreciate your feedback!!

 
BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 02/27/2021 03:27 PM
Thanks Pat. Let me know What you think of Mt. Trashmore after you ride it. I walked it. I'd like to know what a better than average rider thinks of it.


CLT
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Emory Evans from Chattanooga on 11/11/2020 10:48 AM
Is the CLT open on Sunday’s? Read somewhere it was closed.

 
Bruce from Marietta on 11/11/2020 04:50 PM
Open

 
Scott from Jackson Michigan on 02/15/2021 12:17 AM
When I biked the chief ladiga trail and silver comet, all of the signs read open from dawn until dusk.

However, most of both trails are marked with occasional signs that say: USBR (US bike route) 21 . Witch is a US highway designation for bikes. I was told by the polk county Police that the trail closes at dusk 7 days a week for recreational uses, but if you are using the trail as a transportation route, then you aren't breaking the law if you use it at night as long as you have lights on your bike and have a clear destination that is accessible or gets you closer as a result of riding the trail.

A lot of old US highways are being modified to accommodate bikes. For example, the US highway route 2 is designated as a USBR once you cross the Mackinaw bridge, and remains a bike route until Ironwood Michigan. A good 200 miles.


Is camp comet safe to camp?
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Scott from Jackson Michigan on 02/14/2021 11:58 PM
I have biked the silver comet and chief ladiga trail all the way through, and plan on enjoying it again this coming spring. I want to bring camping gear on my bike's cargo trailer to camp in a few places and break out my trusty dusty cast iron for some good old fashioned open fire cooking.

I heard rumors that the campground called camp comet can be a little shady because of the homeless population.

Is it safe to pitch a tent and camp there?


over night parking Anniston
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Larry Lenne from Indianapolis on 02/11/2021 11:41 AM
Planning to do a multiday trip starting in Anniston. Is there any place I could park my car for 3 nights?

 
BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 02/13/2021 05:52 PM
A similar question was asked in this forum early last year. https://bikesilvercomet.com/talk.aspx?tid=2746
The first comment should answer your question.

"There is a place to park your bike overnight at the rear of the Weaver Police Department(WPD), which is monitored by camera. Parking is availabe over night also if desired. Motel is about two miles from the WPD."

WPD, 500 Anniston St, Weaver, AL 36277


east or west from Rockmart
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Anonymous on 01/06/2021 02:01 PM
Plan to stay at Beautiful Rock Campground in the Spring. Is the most scenic leisure ride to be found 20 miles or so East or West of Rockmart

 
aeroperf from Powder Springs on 01/08/2021 02:52 PM
I suggest Rockmart to Hiram and back. It is a lovely scenic ride.


Flooding
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Anonymous on 01/01/2021 07:38 PM
Will the trail be flooded or muddy this weekend due to Friday's heavy rain?


Virtual Ride of the Chief Ladiga Rail Trail
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Tom M from Franklin, TN on 12/05/2020 11:41 AM
If you're into this sort of thing, I've published on Kinomap the GPS-tagged videos of my late-Spring 2020 ride on the Chief Ladiga Rail Trail in Northeastern Alabama, from the beginning of the trail at the Georga-Alabama state line to the trail terminus in Anniston, Alabama

If you have a smart bike trainer, or even a not smart trainer, or even an exercise bike or an elliptical trainer you can to do these as virtual rides.

The advantage of using a "smart" exercise device is that the Kinomap app on your Android or iOS device can control the difficulty level based on GPS data while you exercise.

Here is a link to a playlist of the three segments that make up my ride of the Chief Ladiga Rail Trail:

https://videos.kinomap.com/en/playlists/11789

There is also a single GPS-tagged video of the entire Chief Ladiga Rail Trail ride if you want to do the whole thing in one go:

https://videos.kinomap.com/en/watch/m2jzus

If you want to see all of my Kinomap bike videos and playlists you can visit my Kinomap profile here:

https://dashboard.kinomap.com/en/users/288557/videos

https://dashboard.kinomap.com/en/users/288557/playlists


Starting in Anniston
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Chris from Auburn, AL on 11/10/2020 12:22 AM
My husband and I want to drive up to CLT and start in Anniston for a day ride. Where should we turn around and head back. Is there a good place to ride out to, stop and eat and.ride back. This is our first time on trail. Would love to ride only about 40-50 miles. I saw a mention of the CLT trail not being in good shape. Is this a concern? Thanks.

 
Bruce from Marietta on 11/10/2020 01:31 PM
Ride to Piedmont and back, about 40 miles.
Trail is getting bumpy with roots.
Just pay attention and slow down.

 
Mimi Buck from Alexandria Al on 11/11/2020 09:29 AM
The best ride is to put in at Piedmont and ride to the Silver Comet trail. My husband and I have done this MANY times. It’s great scenery, smooth paths and very relaxing.


asphalt
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Laura from Marietta on 11/02/2020 05:46 PM
Hi- My boyfriend is going to use the Silver comet to run his virtual 1/2 marathon this week. I'm his support crew via my bike. He wants to run on as much asphalt as possible instead of concrete. We wanted to start at the 11.7 mile marker and go out 6.5 miles and then turn back.
Does anyone know if 11.7-18 is still asphalt? I know the bridge might be concrete, but hoping the rest is asphalt. We are doing it on Saturday, 11/7. Thanks all

 
Bruce from Marietta on 11/04/2020 01:43 PM
Concrete Trail starts around MP# 14


English House Bed & Breakfast in Jacksonville
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gazellegirl on 10/28/2020 09:04 AM
Hello, we are looking for a B&B along the bike trail and would love to hear your reviews about the English House, specifically if they are bike friendly as we prefer to bring our bikes inside to charge them overnight. Do they serve breakfast? I can't seem to find a website for this inn. Thanks in advance.


Trail Mileage
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JP from Parrottsville on 10/26/2020 01:09 PM
On the
http://silvercometga.com/silver-comet-map/silver-comet-map.shtml
the distance from the beginning of the trail in Smyrna and Rambo Road trailhead is 22.2 miles. The trip planner on this website has the mileage at 26.2 miles. Does anyone know if this (26.2) is the mileage to the actual town of Rambo?


Leaving a car in Cedartown
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KellyAnne from Pell City on 10/24/2020 08:34 AM
A friend and I are planing to leave our car at Cedartown overnight but have noticed several warning about crime in the area. Anyone have recommendations about leaving the car unattended overnight in Cedartown?


Rent a Truck
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Landholt from Columbia, SC on 07/26/2020 09:13 AM
Hey there! I see a lot of these questions are geared towards shuttles, and inquiries about how to leave a car at one side. My spouse and I plan to leave our truck in Smyrna, rent a Nissan Frontier or something similar at the Enterprise Rent A Car in Smyrna, throw our bikes in the rental truck, drive to Anniston and drop the rental at the Enterprise there, 8 miles from the trail head. It'll cost about $150, it was the only viable solution we could think of short of enlisting someone's help with a drop off. Let me know your thoughts and I hope this idea helps y'all!

 
BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 08/07/2020 02:08 PM
I don't know if I'll ever get a chance to use it, but I think it's a great idea. I'll share it with those who ask me about the trail.

I organized a small group to ride the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails three years ago. Due to a couple of elderly riders, one with heart problems (me), we decided to forego riding loaded. I didn't know what a wise decision it was until we got to the hilly part! Our plan was to camp at the two commercial campgrounds on the trail and ride out and back in each direction. The campgrounds are nicely spaced for that... although we did shuttle to Hiram the first day to keep the first days about 30 miles.

Unfortunately our trip was cut short by nasty weather. It was November. Cycling and tent camping in the rain at 40° just didn't sound like fun. We were glad we had vehicles with us.

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/21/2020 01:09 PM
Willing to assist with a shuttle.


Paulding Chamber Trailhead in Dallas
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Ronny on 05/24/2020 04:11 PM
There's a new sign at the Paulding Chamber exit off the Silver Comet that points to "Dallas Battlefield Trail." What's that? Do you have to ride on regular highways and roads to get there?

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/21/2020 10:58 AM
It is about 1.5 miles away to the to the park.
All travel is on roads except the 278 piece to Hwy 61 has a paved bike trail.


Assit with shuttle
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Bruce from Marietta on 09/09/2020 02:34 PM
I ride the trail all the time. Love it.
I am willing to assist with a shuttle or information about the trail.
You can contact me on BikeForms.net my handle is 1979schwinn.

 
Tony from Port St Lucie on 09/19/2020 10:40 AM
1979Schwinn
Saw your post, Im kicking the idea of driving up to Smyrna, dropping my car and renting a car to head to Anniston..what do you charge for shuttle from Smyrna to Anniston, and if you are able to do it what is your availability?
Thanks
Skydude58@yahoo.com

 
Tony from Port St Lucie on 09/19/2020 04:25 PM
1979Schwinn
Saw your post, Im kicking the idea of driving up to Smyrna, dropping my car and renting a car to head to Anniston..what do you charge for shuttle from Smyrna to Anniston, and if you are able to do it what is your availability?
Thanks
Skydude58@yahoo.com

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/01/2020 10:14 AM
No charge.
Just need to schedule it an get it on my calendar.

You can email me at: bcoyle@paulding.gov

 
bikemom from nc on 10/08/2020 07:45 PM
I am looking to ride the trail the week of Oct 21. Would love to get a shuttle or take a train so my husband and I can do the route in two days. What information do you have?

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/09/2020 01:18 PM
Most of the trail is shaded and runs 2-4% grade.
Zoom into the map and more detail shows up.
The start in Smyrna is a busy commercial area.
It then blends into suburban areas but is still secluded.
Next is Hiram (good Bike Shop), then Dallas. West of Dallas is wilderness till Rockmart.
Rockmart to Cedartown is country with a 8% grade for about a mile. West of Cedartown is country and wilderness till Piedmont. Then you head to Jacksonville (collage town), mostly parallels to a road off and on. to Anniston. There are a few bathrooms and water stops along the way. Get water at Hiram, Dallas, Rockmart, Cedartown, Jacksonville and Anniston.

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/09/2020 01:27 PM
Spending the night.
The free campsite is Camp Comet west of Rockmart (near Fish Creek). There are pay campsites before Rockmart, in Al at Chief Lagiga Camp (before Piedmont), and at the end in Anniston.
There are various hotels & BB mostly l-2 miles off the trail.
Zoom in on the map, click on them, and contact them for reservation.

 
Tony from Port St Lucie on 10/09/2020 02:57 PM
Is camping in Camp Comet West safe?

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/21/2020 10:47 AM
Yes, no one is anywhere near you.
Middle of nowhere.


Camp Comet in Cedartown
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Anonymous on 08/06/2020 08:32 PM
Any current info?

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/09/2020 01:34 PM
Primitive, filter your water, no facilities.

 
Anonymous on 10/12/2020 11:06 AM
Bruce is correct. But I would like to add that there is a port-o-let at the Don Williams Trailhead, a quarter mile east of the camp. It was very clean when I was there a few years ago. Sure beats squatting in the woods for #2. The camp was well kept with two or three clear areas for tents. It also had a couple of grills and some log benches. It's back in the woods and very shady. Don't forget your favorite bug repellent.


Mileage
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PW. from Roswell on 10/03/2020 04:25 PM
First time on the trail . We began at the trail head at Heritage park and rode to Anderson Farm Road . I would like to know if anyone knows the mileage between the two points ?

 
Ray on 10/03/2020 07:19 PM
That's a little over 6 miles, one-way.


Mileage
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PW. from Roswell on 10/03/2020 03:33 PM
First time on the trail . We began at the trail head at Heritage park and rode to Anderson Farm Road . I would like to know if anyone knows the mileage between the two points ?


Stray Puppies
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Karen Kennington from Atlanta on 10/03/2020 11:25 AM
This morning while I was riding bikes with a friends we came upon 4 stray puppies right at the start of the Chief Ladiga Trail right as you enter Alabama. We were not able to take the puppies because we were on bikes but if anyone knows a shelter or someone who would be willing to try and rescue these adorable pups it would be greatly appreciated.


Most Scenic Segment
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Pop from Memphis on 09/12/2020 12:12 PM
Hello, my wife and I are looking for the most scenic 10 to 12 mile segment of the trail for a 20 to 25 mile R/T ride. I looked at parking at Germain Park Jacksonville and riding to Piedmont and back. I'm guessing its not the most scenic though? My wife is still rebuilding/recovering from a Tibia Plateau Fracture from 2019 and doesn't have max endurance back yet. Just want to be sure we pick the best segment for scenery, etc to make the trip from Memphis worth it.

 
Bob Woodson from Weaver on 09/19/2020 08:33 AM
A ride from Eubanks Welcome Center, Piedmont, AL to mile marker 7 is a great ride of about 14 miles with beautiful sights in the National Forest.

 
Bruce from Marietta on 10/02/2020 12:32 PM
Suggested Ride from Martin Trail Head (West side of Cedartown, GA) to Alabama State line and back. This is 16 miles round trip, flat, and scenic.


Holiday Inn Express in Cedartown
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Jennifer Walker on 08/31/2020 11:03 PM
This is no longer a Holiday Inn Express... it's an Econo Lodge...


Eubanks Welcome Center, Piedmont, AL
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Robert Woodson from Weaver on 07/21/2020 09:14 AM
All facilities are open at the Welcome Center including the outside restroom facilities. You will need a face covering if you go into the Center.

The trail (CLT) remains a rough ride in the Piedmont, Bordon Springs areas, from mile marker 1 to 23, ride with caution, a helmet, and sound equipment.


Overnight parking in Piedmont
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Mike from Madison, Al on 06/28/2020 11:14 PM
I going to be riding the trail from Piedmont to Smyrna On July 17 with a small group and returning the next day. I’m wondering where’s a safe location to park overnight In Piedmont

 
BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 06/30/2020 04:51 PM
Have you visited this page.
https://www.piedmontcity.org/chief-ladiga-trail/
There's a phone number and two different emails listed ...one at the very top of the page and another at the bottom.

 
Mike on 07/13/2020 11:45 AM
After talking with the Piedmont Welcome Center, I'm comfortable leaving my car there overnight. You need to get a parking permit from them first just as a record

 
BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 07/13/2020 09:43 PM
Have a great ride!


Paulding Chamber Trailhead in Dallas
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Ronny on 05/24/2020 04:11 PM
There's a new sign at the Paulding Chamber exit off the Silver Comet that points to "Dallas Battlefield Trail." What's that? Do you have to ride on regular highways and roads to get there?

 
TCLanier from Buford, GA on 07/13/2020 08:21 PM
Good summary of what is / was being built

https://www.ajc.com/news/local/dallas-building-battlefield-trail-bridge/It5tGUmHFnpFtaJh3CaeXP/


Cycling to Alabama State Line
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Courtney Sills from Fayetteville on 06/24/2020 07:17 PM
Where is a car pick up spot on or around The Alabama State Line

 
Tom M on 06/26/2020 10:39 PM
The "Easom Hill Trailhead" is a parking lot about a mile east of the AL/GA state line. I recently rode the Chief Ladiga Trail from there to Anniston. I had my video camera running so you can relive the ride on your smart (or otherwise) trainer or just watch on Kinomap.com:

https://vsuq.adj.st/userName=tmilligan?adjust_t=e3qslbp&adjustdeeplink=com.kinomap.training%3A%2F%2F%3FuserName%3D?tmilligan&adjust_redirect=https://www.kinomap.com/en/u/tmilligan/videos

I was unable to find any kind of shuttle service that would take me from/to any trailhead on the CL/SC trail, so my spouse ran the sag wagon and dropped me off at Easom Hill and picked me up in Anniston, GA.


Various Questions
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Rick from Grafton, Va. on 05/24/2020 09:51 PM
4-6 of us are planning a thru ride along the SC/CL Rail Trails. I've noticed there seems to be more questions than answers in the forum. Is anyone aware of a shuttle service? We're planning to park at Highland Station and bike westward. Do you need to register your vehicle for overnight stays/multiday stays at the shopping center? We'd actually like to shuttle from Smyrna to Anniston and bike back camping 2 nights.

This is a great website. I just wish there were more answers to trail user questions. I'll contact Southern Express Sag but they seem to be more of a sag wagon option. Thanks

 
Wish from Atlanta on 05/25/2020 10:49 AM
For most people, if not for everyone, top-3 unanswered questions are:

i) can I/we park somewhere for 1-4 night(s)?
ii) can I/we camp somewhere along the trail?
iii) can I/we get a shuttle from either side?

And the reason these are unanswered, because nobody knows the answers.

Park at your own risk (and let us know the experience) or park in a paid parking facility and ask them to drop you on the trail. Or maybe just bike down the roads!

There are camping sites along the trail (think there was one near the state boundary, but I didn't explore that option as I was not interested). I doubt many bikers would carry heavy camping gears; hotels work better for some, particularly with hot waters, comfy beds, no set-ups required and low prices. Believe it or not, the ride is rigorous and you won't want more load or more work for that matter. Still, maybe you can carry your gear, try couple of campsites and post which one is the best for the benefit of others.

There is currently no known shuttle services. If there was one, it would be advertising all over the internet. Even Amtrak at Anniston won't allow your bike currently. Uber with bike rack was a failure and discontinued after the pilot run.

Best would be to have a friend or family member on either side of the trail. We still live in a society :)

 
Rick Hancock from Grafton, Va on 05/25/2020 07:37 PM
Wish,
I appreciate your reply although it seemed to be rather snooty. I've used (and contributed) to the Allegheny Passage/ C&O forums for years. We enjoy traveling self contained and camping out. Miles and hills don't scare us. On longer rides we'll generally stay in a motel every 4-5 days for showers, ect. I know there are 2 campgrounds plus a 3rd campsite that has no water from what I've read. Since I'm coming appx. 8-9 hours from Va. I don't have family to ferry me. In regards to shuttle info, I thought someone on the site might have some "little known" info. This is my 1st ride on the SC/CL Trail so I was asking questions of other trail users to go along with what I've gathered.

 
Wish from Atlanta on 05/25/2020 10:56 PM
Hey Rick, suggestions were not specific to your situation. I addressed it to 'most people', hoping it would end the confusion and egg people to contribute more. Enjoy your ride.

 
RegularJoe from Buford, GA on 06/25/2020 10:06 PM
Wish summarizes the standing questions well.
Regarding camping I have found The Rock Campground, a few miles east of Rockmart to be a fine place. Have been there once each year the last 3 years. Here is the website:
https://therockrvpark.com/

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