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Eubanks Welcome Center, Piedmont, AL
Robert Woodson from Weaver on 02/18/2020 09:33 AM
Welcome Center will be closed today.

Trekster on 02/24/2020 08:22 AM
Can anyone give me an idea of trail conditions due to all the rain

Robert Woodson from Weaver on 02/28/2020 07:35 AM
Congratulations to Jacksonville, AL trail maintenance department, all ungulations have been leveled, much safer ride now. Would be great if Jacksonville could teach Piedmont and Cleburne county how to mill down the raised asphalt.

Robert Woodson from Weaver on 04/16/2020 06:53 AM
Welcome Center and Restrooms closed in Piedmont, AL, plan accordingly. Restrooms open at Train Station in Jacksonville, AL and at the end of the CLT in Anniston, AL

Bob Woodson from Weaver on 05/19/2020 06:50 AM
Welcome Center in Piedmont opened yesterday with bathroom and drinks. Outside restrooms not open. Coffee Shop open for coffee and sandwiches, also has a restroom. Mask required for access to Welcome Center.

Are both trails fully open?
MS from Michigan on 04/27/2020 07:38 PM
We would like to ride the full 95 miles both ways in mid May. Are both trails open for riding? Are we allowed to leave our car at the shopping center in Smyrna or a trailhead for 2 nights? And, do you know if the campgrounds are open? I will call, but just curious. Thank you for any info you can provide!! We are looking forward to it!

End to end bike ride
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

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.

BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 12/19/2019 11:59 PM
I enjoyed it too. In fact, at times I was laughing out loud. I've ridden from Smyrna to Cedartown and I know where those hills are. I did a lot of research before I went up there I wasn't totally surprised. I had to walk up Mount Trashmore. Luckily I wasn't trying to do it all in one day. We had to cut our trip short when it got cold and wet. 35 degrees and raining in late November is not ideal riding weather.

magda on 12/25/2019 10:11 PM
Enjoy reading about your experience. Didn't know about the hills. Thanks for sharing.

Wish from Atlanta on 12/27/2019 11:47 AM
Thank you for the kind words! I'd love to hear more about other people's experiences and also about other good trails in the area.

This last weekend I did Path400 (caution: not fully open yet) to Beltline to Stone Mountain. I am thinking of doing the Chattahoochee Riverwalk/Bike next. Anyone interested in joining?

Anita from Atlanta on 02/10/2020 12:56 PM
Super liked your post. Did you bike the Chattahoochee river-walk?

Wish from Atlanta on 02/15/2020 11:35 PM
@Anita: Yes! But I'm always game for Columbus. Not sure whether or not to drop my coordinates here, maybe admin can help get connected.

Ray [webmaster] on 02/17/2020 07:47 AM
Yes if you are trying to get connected but don't want to publicly post your email, send it to me at Then I'll share the emails with you both.

Anne from Greenville,SC on 03/10/2020 08:28 PM
I have some logistical questions. Is it possible to rent bikes at one end or the other, complete the trail, and somehow get the bikes back to where they belong? Any ideas?

BiknJ from Orange Park, FL on 03/10/2020 09:55 PM
Ride it back. ;-)

Tucker Park Trailhead in Anniston
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

Robert Woodson from Weaver on 02/28/2020 07:37 AM
Congratulations to Jacksonville, AL trail maintenance department, all ungulations have been leveled, much safer ride now. Would be great if Jacksonville could teach Piedmont and Cleburne county how to mill down the raised asphalt.

Silver Comet Trail Bridge closure extended after rains
Ray [webmaster] on 02/25/2020 11:53 PM
Feb 18, 2020
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Silver Comet Trail Bridge over Noses Creek in Powder Springs will remain closed another month after heavy rains delayed repair work.

The wooden bridge has been undergoing maintenance for damaged supports and overgrown trees. It is now scheduled to reopen after March 20.


Full article:

Esom Hill Trailhead in Cedartown
Bruce from Marietta on 02/17/2020 03:33 PM
Marker is on wrong side of road

Rockmart Trailhead in Rockmart
Bruce from Marietta on 02/17/2020 03:28 PM
Move the marker to the East Church Street location

Grady Road Trailhead in Fish Creek
Bruce from Marietta on 02/17/2020 03:23 PM
Also there is a primative camp site on the "U" shaped dip, between MP 45 & 46. This dip is also the actual location of the trail.

Grady Road Trailhead in Fish Creek
Bruce from Marietta on 02/17/2020 03:19 PM
The marker is in the wrong place.
Move it to Grady Road.
And the trail highlight is also incorrect.
The trail follows the thin green line over Mt. Trashmore.


Safe Parking
sjs from Low Country, SC on 01/02/2020 08:20 AM
I wanted to see if I could answer this for myself by reading the materials on this site but I confess I have not reviewed everything yet. I hope to do the round trip Smyrna to Anniston and back this March. I have never been there but I see there is a small parking lot at the trailhead in Smyrna. I am slow and expect it to take me 4 days to do the trail so my truck will be in a parking lot for 4 days and 3 nights.

I have some questions I hope someone can help with.

1. Since the trail closes at sunset, does the parking lot also close?

2. If I can keep my vehicle there overnight, is it reasonably safe? Of course there are no guarantees but I guess I am asking whether it is known to be unsafe. It seems to me a solitary vehicle there multiple days overnight will be an obvious target.

3. Is there a particular hotel/motel where they will let me keep the truck there for multiple days if I stay one night, and that is close enough to the trail for me to ride my bike to the trail on somewhat safe roadways?

4. I could start and end somewhere other than the GA trailhead. Is there secure parking (e.g., public, paid for parking in a secure lot) somewhere else along the trail?

Thank you for any assistance.

Woodson from Weaver on 01/22/2020 11:37 AM
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.

sjs from Low Country, SC on 01/27/2020 10:47 AM
Thank you very much Sir.

Bruce from Marietta on 02/17/2020 02:38 PM
I would park at the Paulding County Government Parking lot.
Address: 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas , Ga.
It has lights, cameras, and Sheriff patrols.
This lot is in Dallas and you access the SCT by bike trail East on 278 to Tara Drummond Park.

motor asisted bike
harold l filmer from anniston on 12/19/2019 04:52 PM
are motor asisted bikes allowed

BigJon from Jasper GA on 01/12/2020 10:32 PM
Did 45 today from Hiram to Rockmart and back. Trail was a mess after last night’s storm. Lots of downed trees and debris everywhere.

Woodson from Weaver on 01/22/2020 11:32 AM
You can use an electric bike if 750 watts or less and does not have a throttle, must be a peddle assist only.

Shuttle Service
David from JACKSONVILLE, FL on 12/26/2019 06:07 PM
I'm thinking of riding from Smyrna to Anniston. Does anyone know of a shuttle service from Anniston to Smyrna? Thank you.

motor asisted bike
harold l filmer from anniston on 12/19/2019 05:01 PM
are motor asisted bikes allowed it is not a dirt bike or motorscooter motor asisted bike

Sheryl HW from Orange Park, FL on 12/19/2019 07:11 PM
Scroll down to a discussion about “E-Bikes” on 4/15/2019. Sounds like it’s okay to me.

motor asisted bike
harold l filmer from anniston on 12/19/2019 05:01 PM
are motor asisted bikes allowed it is not a dirt bike or motorscooter motor asisted bike

Piedmont Trailhead / Eubanks Welcome Center in Piedmont
Barry and Candice from Columbia City, Indiana on 12/17/2019 04:20 PM
Have you a map showing lodging spots along the length of the Ladiga/Comet?

Have an opinion of security of car park at the Anniston trailhead?


Ray [webmaster] on 12/17/2019 08:07 PM
Hi Barry and Candace, please use the following link to see a list of all lodging along the Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trails. This is the Trip Planner tool with "Lodging" selected. As you'll see, you can customize the list to include other types of services as well.|3|

If you know of any errors or omissions, please let us know.

Hopefully someone will have some insight on Anniston parking.

Happy trails!

Trail closure at Noses Creek Bridge Feb 6
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:

Runner question
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!

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.

Shuttle service
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

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.

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?
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
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
eddie on 07/11/2019 11:49 AM
is there a special rate for 3 or more nights?

Cedartown Grocery Tobacco Mart in Cedartown
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
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
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.
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?
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
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:

Source: AJC

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
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:

Looking for someone to ride the trail with me
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
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:

(Source: West Georgia Neighbor newspaper online)

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
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 to learn more and register.


Connecting Silver Comet With Atlanta Beltline
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 The extension would bring the trail inside I-285 and nearly to Moore’s Mill Road in Atlanta.

Full article:

Source: Cobb county Courier

Trail conditions on Alabama side
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:


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):


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
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.

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