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End to end bike ride
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Wish from Atlanta on 12/01/2019 07:49 PM
I had been mentally preparing for biking Silver Comet + Chief Ladiga trails end to end for a while. So this Black Friday after Thanksgiving I did it. Though I had done the portion between Mavell Road (trailhead in Smyrna) and Hiram few times before, I didn't know what else to expect. Online fora did provide some info, but internet could be so different than the reality! So I approached this like other challenges in life with the guiding philosophy of "prepare mentally, power through and don't ever cheat". I also reminded myself of my school days when I used to ride bikes every day for everything. With that thought, I got my bike checked at local bike shop, purchased a new helmet, got a gel seat cover for my road bike, purchased snacks and drinks, charged everything (lights, phone, power bank, bluetooth earpiece..what not!)..and boom, started at 8.30 AM from Mavell Road, just by myself. Though my wife was supportive in planning, shopping, and dropping me till there, I couldn’t trick her to do it with me ?

Day after Thanksgiving meant, there were not many people on the trail. So I decided to say hello to everyone :) My first stop was in Dallas, GA. It took me about 1.5 hours to get there. I spent near 15 minutes there, used the restrooms, had some snacks, talked to a local senior citizen and continued on. Coot's Lake was my next stop because of the natural beauty. Great lake but little facilities (one portable toilet, no water filling station, no shade on the trail side). Still there was a sweet family of 4, and some cars parked, so felt normal.

From there on, it was unknown territory. I wish I had known better. Rockmart was too soon after Coot’s Lake, so I didn’t stop there. It was about noon by now and I had planned to reach Cedartown by 2PM. I got down from the bike near the Cemetery in Rockmart though, and walked my bike there. Felt bad to bike past that. That sort of became the harbinger of things to come. For the next 10 miles or so, it’s the best kept secret of Silver Comet, the “Surprise Hill”. Somebody must have decided to throw a challenge there, and made the trail encircle several hills. I rode alongside a motorized highway for few miles. Very bare, nothing shaded. And no, it’s not a rail-trail there at all. Because I was going up the hill all the time and noticed the rail track way below the trail. When that stretch ended, it was followed by a stretch with muddy and smelly side areas. My backpack with all day’s supply started feeling all too heavy by this time. I wanted to sit down, but there was no way I was stopping in that stretch. So, I powered through. I had started to feel every organ and fat cells in my body by then. Thankfully, a mile later, there were lovely farmhouses by the trail and few benches to sit on, even a table! Though there was no restroom. Still, I took a break there, ate some snacks, rehydrated myself, called my wife, complained about the lack of information provided like an entitled millennial and reassessed the plan. It was about 1.30 PM, and I had done about 45 miles of the total 95 miles. From my last stop in Coot’s Lake till here, I had barely seen anyone on the trail. Google told me Cedartown Depot was still 6 miles away. Going by the uphill territory, and the super high heart rate for last hour or so, I figured it would take me at least 45 minutes to get to Cedartown. There, I’d need a solid 1-2-hour(s) break and recharging. That meant I needed to stay in Cedartown probably till 4.00 PM. Did I mention the sunset at this time of the year occurs around 5.00 PM? The trail, of course, is legally open only from dawn to dusk! Time to put my luckiest charm on and call my wife! “Honey, I don’t feel good that you’re by yourself on Black Friday and I’m out there having fun on the trail. So, why don’t you come over to Cedartown and we will have the nightfall there! I hear there are plenty of good shops in nearby Rome ????”. That worked! Lo and behold, wife was on her way to Cedartown Depot.

I reached the depot before her though, around 2.30 PM. The Welcome Center, including the restrooms were very closed. Though it’s a cute little town, there were notices all-around to be aware of crime. Good thing, the depot is in the heart of Cedartown downtown, and the traffic was very respectable of a cyclist. I biked to the nearby Town Plaza that had plenty of food and lodge options! Wife joined me there. I was rejuvenated just by the sight of her’s. Besides, what would a few kisses and touches not fix! As women are inherently more capable of better planning and nurturing than men, wife had a dinner buffet reserved, a good hotel booked and brought on my night clothes and morning necessities. The Jacuzzi had never felt better in my life! That night I slept like a baby!

(Rest to follow)

 
Wish from Atlanta on 12/01/2019 10:17 PM
(Continued..)

I woke up well past 10 next morning. It was a typical Saturday morning, except the effects of day after 51 miles biking were apparent. Muscles and joints sore, heart rate still a little high, and my butt slightly swollen (damn that gel seat cover). I thought of the night before – I remembered feeling cold, popping a paracetamol, and wife giving me a body massage to put me to sleep. What was I thankful for this year again!

Room coffee was no good. Wife had found a great brunch place by then. I dressed-up and we left for the brunch in Rome. God, the waiting line was so loooooooong. Had some lovely conversations while waiting though, Rome has its own laurels. I had a high protein breakfast. It took us only 1.5 hours there, so it was well past noon. And I had promised to take my wife to Shopping! God, was it going to be another day? Wife figured my misery and decided to stomp on it.

Wife (playfully) - “Honey, should we go to the mall now?”

Me – ‘you mean in Anniston, AL, right?’

Wife – “Of course!”

She dropped me to the Cedartown depot. We took some great pictures there. I discarded the seat cover and was back on the trail by 1.30 PM. From there to the state boundary in Esom Hill, it was mostly uphill, 150 ft. or so over 11 miles. I didn’t have any problem doing that in about an hour. Highest point I noticed was about 950 ft above sea level. Wife joined me at the state boundary, we shot some videos and took some pictures. We met few other bikers who were also from Atlanta. As for facilities, there were no restrooms, but some benches and shades, and, of course, the welcome arch. The Silver Comet trail ends there (or starts there, depending upon which side you are coming from), and Chief Ladiga trail starts. Chief Ladiga trail has 33 miles that I had to do. It was about 3.00 PM by then. Google said sunset was at 4.22 PM in Anniston, AL where the Chief Ladiga trail ends. Time zone changes couple miles into Alabama!

I had about 2 hours to do 33 miles. Good thing is, it’s all downhill from Esom Hill, GA to Piedmont, AL. I walked my wife to the Jeep and resumed biking. I reminded myself that it won’t get totally dark right after the sunset, so the trail would still be legally open. That thought brought some comfort and allowed me to appreciate the magical mountain chains in the background. I muttered “Alabama has its heart in place” when I noticed the trail surface being Asphalt! (Georgia has only 13 miles of Asphalt and rest concrete). Though, Asphalt would invariably break and be bumpy. So, I left it to the experts to determine what’s the best surface for the trail and indulged in taking selfies by small rivers, creeks and bridges in the protected wilderness of Talladega National Forest at the foot of Duggar Mountains. I felt super happy in the moment.

Wife surprised me with a cheer girl routine at Eubanks Welcome Center at Piedmont. It was easily the best neighborhood over the last 50 miles or so. Small children playing, dogs jumping around, cats meowing, and squirrels charging at you before making sudden U-turns. Saying hello to everyone finally paid off. People seemed happy. Dark clouds and wind were noticeable though. The watch ticked 4.00 PM. I had 19 miles more to go.

“Go, go, go”

I was speeding though I didn’t notice any posted signs. The miles went past in a hurry, most of it felt downhill. I switched on the front and back flashlights, which was a good move considering there were several street crossings. Large offices and plants also felt like coming back to the city life, which I had begun to crave by then. Jacksonville State University felt like a great area. From there, the last few miles went contemplating when would I ever get to do this again! I let out a shriek – a mix of joy, relief and missing you already - when the sign said, “Welcome to Anniston”.

Anniston was just the right place for the after party. And shopping!

 
Regular Joe from LakeLanierLand on 12/09/2019 02:16 PM
Really enjoyed reading your post. Thank you.


Trail closure at Noses Creek Bridge Feb 6
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Ray (webmaster) on 12/07/2019 11:46 AM
The Silver Comet Trail bridge over Noses Creek, located near the Carter Road parking lot and trail mile marker 8.4, will be closed from Jan. 6 to Feb. 20....

Source: Tribune Ledger News

Full story:
https://www.mdjonline.com/news/silver-comet-trail-closure-at-noses-creek-bridge/article_f9e62efa-15ef-11ea-a8ab-af3040881248.html


Runner question
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GarrettB from Powder Springs, GA on 09/06/2019 01:07 PM
Hello everyone,

I am a runner on the silver comet every weekend and am currently training for a marathon next month (my 6th). For anyone familiar with that process, it's important to get some training runs in with some miles at your goal race pace. That being said, I figured I would ask the most knowledgeable folks this question. Rather than going from Coot's Lake to Hiram (18 miles), is there any stretch that is flat for a long time or at least less hilly than that route that would support an 18 mile run? I am willing to even go out 9 miles, 9 miles back if it means it was on a flat route. Additionally, I have become so familiar with Coots Lake to Hiram that it totally messes with my head now because I recognize certain points. Figured it was worth a shot to ask, or if you know of any long flat stretches in the metro atlanta area or close to it that would support an 18 mile run, whether out and back or not, please let me know! Happy I stumbled upon this forum and hope being a non-cyclist doesn't deter any tips.

Thank you guys!
Garrett

 
Woody from Weaver, AL on 09/29/2019 04:59 PM
I have found that from Cedartown, GA to Piedmont, AL is the flattest 24 miles with very little other traffic or cross streets.


Tucker Park Trailhead in Anniston
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Jorge Tijerina from San Antonio Texas on 09/22/2019 06:27 AM
My friend and I are going to ride the trail for four days.

Can we park at trailhead? If not please tell me where?

You can call me at 210-373-2038.

We plan to start riding on September 26, 2019.

Jorge Tijerina



Shuttle service
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EG from Houston, TX on 09/09/2019 10:32 PM
Is there a shuttle service available at this time? Looking at riding the trail Sept 23-26th, of this year. I have searched and called and do not seem to find anything. Many thanks


Amtrak
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Ron from Plano, TX on 06/04/2019 12:05 PM
Has anyone ridden the trail end to end and utilized Amtrak on the return trip?
I did this on the Katy trail last year and it worked great.

 
TR from Atlanta on 08/26/2019 04:23 PM
I just called about this 8/2019. While the Crescent line can accommodate bikes, the Anniston station is unmanned so there is no way to get a bike checked into the baggage car. They do not yet have 'walk-on' bike service, but some news outlets have reported that they are working on changing this.


E-Bikes
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Bill from Douglasville on 04/15/2019 09:08 AM
I'm unable to pedal a bike for long period of time. Are e-bikes allowed for pedal assistance?

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 04/15/2019 05:53 PM
I do not know IF they are allowed;
however, only wanted to report back to you that 2 weekends ago I saw 3 E-Bikes on The Comet in the Rockmart vicinity.

 
Bikker from Weaver AL, on 08/20/2019 07:30 AM
Of the 33 states that explicitly define e-bikes, some state laws, such as in Arizona, Georgia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington, specifically allow e-bike operation on facilities such as bicycle paths or greenways, with the caveat that many carve out exceptions for localities to enact stricter operation regulations on such bike and pedestrian facilities. Georgia’s law simply states “Electric assisted bicycles may be operated on bicycle paths.” In Delaware, Florida, Iowa and Nebraska, electric bicycles are defined within the existing definition of a bicycle, therefore there is not a distinction when it comes to operation on trails. Vermont specifies that motor-assisted bicycles are governed as bicycles and have the same rights and duties applicable to bicyclists.


What is the stated speed limit on The Comet?
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RegularJoe from Buford, GA on 04/15/2019 05:58 PM
I think there is actually a posted speed limit isn't there (I know I don't have to worry about breaking it on my bicyle! :- )?
What brings this question to mind is the recent other Original Post inquiring if E-Bikes were allowed ... The E-Bicyclists with whom I spoke told me that their E-Bikes travel along at 17mph on level paved surface.

 
Bikker from Weaver, al on 08/19/2019 08:44 AM
The posted speed limit in the rules of the trails is 15MPH


The Beautiful Rock RV Park and Campground in Rockmart
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TWTOURIST from San Antonio on 08/08/2019 06:45 PM
Is it $15 per person or per campsite?


Roberts Home 'Night in the Museum' Hotel and Museum in Piedmont
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eddie on 07/11/2019 11:49 AM
is there a special rate for 3 or more nights?


Cedartown Grocery Tobacco Mart in Cedartown
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Mark on 05/30/2019 08:50 PM
Thank God, they put a tobacco mart smack in the middle of a 100 mile bicycle route. Good to know. Gonna get me some smokes to help me through the last 50.
Maybe the next town will have a place I can sell a pint of blood mid-tour?


Biking on Saturdays or weekdays from Florence Rd
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sldeal from Powder Springs on 05/27/2019 09:23 AM
I'm new to biking and would love to join a group that goes riding on the trail from Powder Springs (Florence Rd). I'm open for mornings or afternoon rides. I just got my bike so you will have to bear with me, I haven't been on a bike for years so I'm a little wobbly. My ultimate goal is to get enough endurance where I can take the ride to Alabama in September.


Looking to join a group to ride the trail
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MR from Buford GA on 03/29/2019 10:23 PM
I am available the first week of April and I am looking for a group I could join. I live in Buford GA. Will start in Smyrna.

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 03/30/2019 12:53 PM
I will actually be riding the Comet this coming weekend with a sold out group.
However, would be most interested in riding with you at another time.
Love the SCT.
Since we are both in the Buford vicinity we could do a 'hi/how r u' ride perhaps over at Lanier Islands sometime? Or the Swuannee Greenway?
On the Silver Comet .... what is the most miles you'd prefer to do per day? I may not be 'high mileage nuff 4 u :- ) !
Which is to say .... I am good for no more than 30 per day/fyi.

 
Magda from Buford on 03/30/2019 05:32 PM
Thanks for contacting me. I have done the Greenway few times and always enjoy. The SCT few times only and the most I ride was 12.5 miles each way. With my boys it has been difficult to go farther and now-a-days they are teenagers and they do not even want to ride anymore. I have not done lake Lanier as I think you have to pay $20 or $30 just to park and had the impression the trail was not long enough. Let me know if that is correct. I have been there just for the light shows in December. I have also biked in Dekalb Cty many times over the years by Panola Mtn. It is hilly in some parts, but very nice. Last time we ended at the Monastery. I wanted to do the 98 miles to AL, but my husband told me today to work on the taxes and that there will be light rain this comming week. I am willing to meet with you for a bike ride for a day. Maybe my husband wont mind to join us for a day as he told me he has too much work. Let me know when you will be available and which area you would like to ride. I see you are more experienced. I have to consider when my son goes to work as I am his "taxi driver." Thanks for contacting me and hope you are having a great time this weekend. Magda R.

 
RegularJoe on 03/31/2019 02:58 PM
As you may note, Magda, I just posted an inquiry about if this forum has the facility to do "Personal Messaging" ... because I wanted to offer you a little information on Lanier Islands and I can see where someone would view it as "Off Topic" even tho our objective is to gather together a group of folks from this vicinity to ride the SCT ! :- ).
Lanier Island Front Gate will advise you that you ACTUALLY have FREE entrance IF you are on a bike ! Yup, you heard me correctly. So with the above in mind, here is what works well ... park at the public parking area across from the Sailboats BEFORE the Front Gate and just bike on in. The 10 foot wide sidewalks are gaw-RATE if you wish to stay off the roads.
REGARDING THE SCT ... I am tied up this week mostly due to preparation for the previously mentioned SCT sold out group ride .... however, can be in touch going forward. Later in April my wife would be able to ride as well.

 
magda from BUFORD on 04/02/2019 09:59 AM
My last comment did not go through. You can use messenger on FB. Look for magda rivera. I am on top area of a gray building. Let me know when we can ride in Lanier lake area. I have trouble setting the gears in my bike.

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 04/03/2019 01:33 PM
Huh ... wonder how come it did not go thru?
Meanwhile, regarding FB, I know it is a bit 'unusual' for people not to do FaceBook;
however, I am one of those 'unusuals' that does not.
Permit me to follow up with you later in the month ...
it will be then when I know when my wife will be able to ride.
Regarding your gears ...
is it a mechanical problem OR
is it no one has shown you how to change your gears while riding?
If it is mechanical permit me to recommend Stan, Bike Shop Mgr., at REI Mall of GA.
What he fixes stays fixed and for a reasonable price, in my humble view, at that.
The REI phone no. is 770-831-0676.
His assist., Kelly, is also most helpful.

 
MAGDA from Buford on 04/04/2019 12:47 PM
My problem is I would like to go faster and would like to know how to manage my gears better to accomplish that. You surely are more experienced than me. When we meet we can manage that. Also, I can use my son's bike, although I will have to pick it up in ATL.

 
Magda from Buford GA on 05/02/2019 02:46 PM
Hi Regular Joe: Going to try Lake Lanier next week early morning as the temperature is getting warmer and suspect there's no shade on the lake trail. Timing is almost over. Won't be able over the weekend as my son has soccer games. I have just been bicycling in the gym when visiting there. Magda


1st Time User of this Site's "Map" (per Town) Opt.
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RegularJoe from Buford on 04/04/2019 08:05 AM
WebMaster Ray - For whatever reason I have never opted into the feature/function entitled, "Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga Maps."
The manner in which you have engineered the 'each Town' via the drop down menu is really, really helpful. It is fast, plus, rich with detail.
- Many thanks.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 04/05/2019 06:32 AM
Thanks, glad you like it! In fact, I will be making a bunch of improvements to the website within a month or two, so stay tuned for more features and improved maps. For example, you'll be able to see mileage markers on the maps, plot out businesses/services, and more.

Happy trails!

 
Anonymous from Somerville,Al on 04/07/2019 03:54 PM
I also wanted to commend and thank the webmaster for a great job on the mileage chart Very straightforward and easy to use.


Is there a way to do a 'Personal' Email Msg?
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RegularJoe from Buford on 03/31/2019 09:33 AM
Hello all - On this forum do we have a way to do a Personal Email Message?
I apologize if the function is here and I have over looked it.
Reason I am inquiring is because the ability to do a Personal Message could be helpful so that all the Strings/Topics can easily stay ONLY :- )'On Topic.' - Many thx.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 04/01/2019 06:39 AM
Unfortunately there is no way to send private message through the forum. As an open forum, all communication is through simply posting.

I appreciate your concerns about staying on-topic, but we're pretty tolerant of any topics related to cycling. Your other discussion on teh forum is not a problem.

Happy trails!

 
RegularJoe from Buford on 04/01/2019 12:09 PM
Thank you Sir.
Plus ....
THANK you for all you have and are, as well as :- ), anticipate doing to keep this site working so well.


Silver Comet Trail marker program
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Ray (webmaster) on 02/06/2019 07:57 AM
Cobb expands Silver Comet Trail marker program

Cobb County is expanding its Emergency Locator Marker program to the Silver Comet Trail.

Cobb is the first county in Georgia to use the trail markers that are designed to direct rescuers more quickly to 911 calls from a trail.

While the SCT project is underway, the markers are coming to more trails this year.

“We have signs that are going up on all trails that are approximately a quarter-mile apart,” said Cobb County Police Park Ranger Sgt. Dave Ablashi in a county statement.

“There is an eight-digit number; and when you call 911 and give that location, it doesn’t just show up as a place on a trail. It actually shows up like a home address or business address, and it puts it on the responder’s map on a computer,” Ablashi explained.
...

Full article: https://www.ajc.com/news/local/cobb-expands-silver-comet-trail-marker-program/mf87LBGvB7AzNIS9IXGUbI/

Source: AJC


Shuttle
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Joe M from Houston on 09/10/2018 11:47 AM
60 plus couple plan to ride Chief Ladiga Trail a second time at a leisurley rate in one day Looking for shuttle since we don't want to try the 60 miles plus miles. Question was asked in older messages but didn't see any answers. Could not find any recent mention of shuttles.


Future trail extension
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Ray (webmaster) on 09/08/2018 08:08 AM
New CSX lease addresses passenger rail, Silver Comet

"... CSX also agreed to abandon more than two miles of unused rail to be converted into an extension of the Silver Comet Trail in exchange for $10. ..."

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Full article:
https://www.ajc.com/news/local-govt--politics/new-csx-lease-addresses-passenger-rail-silver-comet/CusA2GMHVV8QpwsP5s30uK/


Looking for someone to ride the trail with me
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Arree Williams from Canton, MS on 06/16/2018 11:27 AM
I'm on vacation from May 25th to July 8th. I'm looking for someone or a group to ride the trail during this timeframe. I would like to start in GA and ride to Anniston. E-mail me if you're interested. Thanks!


Bike rentals now available in Hiram
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Ray (webmaster) on 06/14/2018 07:38 AM
Hiram retailer invests in Paulding bicycle rentals for trail users

"...users of the Silver Comet Trail have a Paulding County outlet for renting bikes and receiving minor repairs for the first time this decade.

Cycology Bike Shop in Hiram recently reopened a long-shuttered building adjacent to the trail’s Hiram trailhead for use as a bike rental and trail snacks outlet..."

Full story: http://www.mdjonline.com/neighbor_newspapers/west_georgia/business/hiram-retailer-invests-in-paulding-bicycle-rentals-for-trail-users/article_b50f4296-6e96-11e8-bf3f-0ba85ab70770.html

(Source: West Georgia Neighbor newspaper online)


Piedmont
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Radmann from Inwood WV on 06/05/2018 04:13 PM
what is the exact distance to between piedmont and cedartown? the mileage chart lists it at about 24 miles but the listed at 38 miles to Cedartown to Piedmont or vice versa when looking at the town link itself. I googled the distance via 278 and it is 25 miles. The trail distances can vary but your link has as I stated above 38 miles and 24 miles. can you correct this. also there appears to be nothing between Piedmont and Cedartown except the Chief Ladiga campground which I assume has potable water and a local Pure gas station/store.

 
Radmann from Inwood WV on 06/05/2018 04:20 PM
I rode the Silver Comet Trail in Oct while visiting my sister in Athens GA-80 miles east of Smyrna. Loved it. looking forward to doing it on the 8th of June. concerned about issues of safety. I ma used to riding long distances and on trails but I am in the mountains so even hot summers are cooler in the mountains. We have had nothing but rain the past few weeks with temps in the 60s and 70's. cool for even here almost 600 miles north. I have ridden the Great Allegheny Passage and C &O Canal towpath form Pittsburgh to D.C in one trip. 335 miles.

 
Anonymous on 06/06/2018 02:08 PM
The mileage chart is correct. I mapped out the whole trail on Ride With GPS. It is 23.9 miles between Main St. in Cedartown and Center St. in Piedmont ...which is where the Solid Rock Cafe is. From what I've read you don't want to miss that. Unfortunately my trip was cut short by bad weather. I didn't get to ride that section. But my thorough research agrees with yours. There is nothing in between. That local Pure gas station/store may be wishful thinking on your part. I was planning to stay at Chief Ladiga campground, but the idea of waiting out a 40° rainy day in a tent deterred me. They don't have electricity or water hook-ups at the sites ...but I'm sure they have potable water at the restrooms/showers.


Rockmart 5k
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Ray (webmaster) on 05/15/2018 10:48 AM
Signups are underway now to take part in a 5K Fun Run and 1 mile walk coming up on June 16 at 9 a.m., starting at the Silver Comet Trailhead in Rockmart. Contact theloseys@gmail.com to learn more and register.

Source: http://www.northwestgeorgianews.com/polk_standard_journal/news/local/standard-journal-area-calendar-of-events-from-the-wednesday-may/article_51ec0e08-56cf-11e8-a6bc-a7be148a50a3.html


Connecting Silver Comet With Atlanta Beltline
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Ray (webmaster) on 05/04/2018 09:24 AM
Connect The Comet Sees Progress In Mission To Connect Silver Comet With Atlanta Beltline

"... Cobb County’s government has listed a 3.4-mile Silver Comet Trail extension as part of a list of trail initiatives at CobbTrailPlan.com. The extension would bring the trail inside I-285 and nearly to Moore’s Mill Road in Atlanta.

Full article:
http://cobbcountycourier.com/2018/05/connect-the-comet-sees-progress-in-mission-to-connect-silver-comet-with-atlanta-beltline/

Source: Cobb county Courier


Trail conditions on Alabama side
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RW on 04/05/2018 10:38 PM
I just want to update the trail conditions from the Georgia State Line to Michael Tucker Park, Anniston, AL.

There are many more root problems that will increase in severity with time and inattention. The ones listed below are the more serious and warrant this warning.

There are serious bumps from root growth below the asphalt between the following mile markers in Alabama:

2

4 to 5.5

7.5 to 8.5

10 to 10.5

15 to 19

The roots have pushed the surface up in some places two to three inches, creating a surprise that can catch both cyclist and hikers off guard and result in injury in an isolated area.


Splits in surface from ground movement (large enough to trap a narrow tire):

0.5 to stateline

Sand and mud accumulation (narrow tire hazard):

1


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SwtHomeAla from Jacksonville on 03/22/2018 09:44 PM
There is also a WalMart just up from the Henry Farms mile marker. It's a straight shot from there. Subway and Deli inside for meals. Taco Bell out front.


Hole in Trail around mile marker 38 in Rockmart
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Tom Simcox from Smyrna, GA on 04/03/2017 09:29 AM
There is a water meter embedded in the trail around mile marker 39 in front of Haney Farm and Ranch, Inc. The water meter is recessed in the trail surface resulting in a sharp concrete lip surrounding the meter that is about 1 1/2 to 2 inches deep. Last weekend I hit this thing and got not one but two flat tires as a result of hitting it! I went back a week later and looked at it and took pictures and noted that the top of the hole is worn away and jagged from so many people hitting it. As a result, I am sure I am not the first to hit this hole and perhaps get flat tires. I think this needs a metal plate installed over the top. Does anyone know the best resource to forward this recommendation to, including pictures? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks, Tom

 
Anonymous on 04/14/2017 03:43 PM
I'm sure you've already checked, but maybe the Haney Farm & Ranch or Haney Powersports can point you in the right direction. Rockmart? Polk? Sorry you had to TOFTT.

 
DirtyShoulder on 10/31/2017 01:58 PM
The hole is still there as of 10/27/2017, it's painted orange so it's a little visible but still could take someone out. For the record it's on the right side headed towards Atlanta (East). Thanks for making this post since I was looking out for it after reading this before leaving.


Murderous stretch from Rockmart to Cedartown
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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.


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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
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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 ?
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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
https://www.meetup.com/Silver-Comet-Trail-Biking/


Overnight trail head parking and camping
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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
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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?

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