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Overnight Parking / Anniston
MPH from Saint Louis Missouri on 03/21/2022 08:07 AM
We are driving down in a few weeks to ride Anniston to Smyrna and back for a three day trip.
Where is the best place to leave our car for three days in Anniston?

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 03/23/2022 10:23 AM
I would recommend renting a campsite at Michael Tucker Park.
It would behind a locked gate.
I have heard of other leaving a car at the Weaver Police Station.
See the map and zoom in more features begin to show up.

MePlusBike from Palm Harbor, Fl on 03/26/2022 10:35 PM
I got quite excited at the prospect of a campsite at the end of the trail. But $25 / night seems quite steep.

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Lodging on Chief Ladiga Trail
Faye from Jacksonville, FL on 03/22/2022 11:42 AM
Has anyone stayed at the Robert's Home Night at the Museum in Piedmont, AL?

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Overnight Parking / Anniston
MPH from Saint Louis Missouri on 03/21/2022 08:07 AM
We are driving down in a few weeks to ride Anniston to Smyrna and back for a three day trip.
Where is the best place to leave our car for three days in Anniston?

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Hiking/outdoors nearby
Hailey from Raleigh, NC on 03/14/2022 12:11 PM
Is there any nearby hiking or other activities such as kayaking?

From any trail head!

Bruce from Marietta on 03/19/2022 07:30 AM
Around MP# 7 Chief Ladiga is the Pinhoit Wilderness Trail (Alabama).
North and West of Dallas, GA is some WMAs with dirt roads, but no developed trail system. See Georgia DNR web site for the WMA maps. The SCT runs through Paulding Forest WMA. There is a trail to Raccoon Creek off the SCT at MP# 28.

I have not done any floating but I have heard of some in Alabama at Little River. Also some easy floating on the Tallapoosa River near Cedartown, GA, with put ins.

Bruce from Marietta on 03/19/2022 07:38 AM
North East GA is the place to go. The Chattooga River that divides SC from GA is white water. This is the river that Deliverance (movie) was filmed.

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Smyrna to Powder Springs
Karen from Illinois on 03/09/2022 01:44 PM
We are riding the trail for the first time and was wondering if Smyrna to Powder Springs is a lot of stop and go through the burbs of Atlanta and if it would be best to start at Powder Springs to avoid this although cutting off 11 miles. Thanks!

Bruce from Marietta on 03/19/2022 07:33 AM
Not too bad. This end has a lot of walkers. You just have to slow down.

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Car shuffling with Amtrak
bzhayes from Madison, AL on 03/07/2022 11:01 AM
It looks like getting to the trail from the Amtrak station in Anniston is fairly easy, but it looks fairly complex from the Atlanta Amtrak station to the Smyrna trailhead. Has anyone figured out a seamless, fairly simple way to shuttle a car using Amtrak so you can ride the trail?

I've read the advice on here that the best place to leave your car is in Dallas, GA, but as far as I can tell that is impossible to get to using public transit from Atlanta. Plus Dallas isn't very conducive to a one-way bike ride.

I would be taking my kids, so I am not terribly interested in long rides on streets to get to my car. My ideal trip is to leave bikes at the start, drive the car to the finish, leave it there, and take the Amtrak back to the start to begin the bike trip. I realize with the Amtrak schedule (9-10 AM for the southbound train and 7-11 PM) for the northbound train) I would probably have to spend a night in a hotel at the start or conclusion.

Any advice? Anyone work out good logistics?

Woody from Weaver, AL on 03/09/2022 07:09 AM
Amtrak station in Anniston doesn't have an attendant to off load your bicycle so be aware they may not let you take it off the train. Anniston is scheduled to complete the bike trail from present end to the Amtrak station before year's end, and Amtrak will be adding an attendant. Elevated Grounds Coffee runs a shuttle out of Piedmont and will pick you and your bike up and take you to wherever you desire to start your ride, and they are reasonable, very friendly and accommodating.

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Jack Trimm from Temple on 12/04/2021 11:21 PM
How long can one leave or park their automobile at trail head

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 12/06/2021 09:43 AM
The Cobb County web site says no overnight parking. Most people park 1.5 mile up to the east in the Publix Shopping center, Smyrna, for overnight parking. The Aniston end has a pay campground with some security, locked gate.

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 12/06/2021 09:57 AM
Best parking is near MP# 21-22 at the Paulding County Government Complex, 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas, Georgia. The site has the Sheriff's Department, Jail, Court House, County Admin. Building and a busy Veterans Park and is well lighted and patrolled.

There is a concrete trail, (0.8 miles east), to the Tara Drummond Trail Head.

Jeff Rozier from Jonesboro on 02/13/2022 03:45 PM
Hey Bruce,

I am planning to do the USBR21 to Chattanooga and back. I will need to leave my car about 4-5 days. Can I do that at the 1240 Constitution Blvd government complex parking?

Thanks! Jeff

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 02/15/2022 12:23 PM
Yes, this is a busy lighted parking lot the services the Court House, County Admin. Building, a park with bathrooms (open 24 hours), Sheriffs Office, and Jail.

Jeff Rozier from Jonesboro on 02/16/2022 11:33 AM
Thanks Bruce!
Sorry just one more question.

Would I park over nights in the Tara Drummond lot or the actual gov complex lot?
I'll probably ride out there from Smyrna before my trip to check it out.

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 02/17/2022 02:52 PM
Gov. Complex

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Ewok Hill to Anniston
Phillmar from Pinehurst, NC on 01/29/2022 07:15 PM
What is the trail distance from Edomite Hill to Anniston?

PL from Atlanta on 01/30/2022 01:10 PM
Where is Edomite Hill? Never heard of it.....

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 02/16/2022 09:32 AM
Easom Hill Trail Head to Aniston about 33.5 miles

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E-bike charging
Marilyn from Raleigh on 02/13/2022 04:57 PM
Do the trailheads have electrical outlets for charging an e-bike? Or are there appropriate places along the trail that allow charging?

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 02/15/2022 12:36 PM
Best parking is near MP# 21-22 (SCT) at the Paulding County Government Complex, 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas, Georgia. The site has the Sheriff's Department, Jail, Court House, County Admin. Building and a busy Veterans Park and is well lighted and patrolled. There are electrical post near the Park. The parking lot is 0.8 miles west (north of 278 Hwy), of the Drummond Trail Head with a concrete path.

There are a few bathrooms and welcome centers along the way, but they may not be open 24 hours. There is a private campground and bathroom at the Chief Ladiga Trail Head end, (MP#33,Alabama).

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Permit for cycling group
francisco alatorre from Memphis TN on 01/05/2022 11:46 AM
Question: I may have a group of 20+ cyclist start in Jacksonville, AL and finish in Smyrna, GA. For a group that large, do we need to get a permit? We plan to ride out and back on April 2nd & 3rd.
Any advice would be appreciated.

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 01/20/2022 01:42 PM
There are no permits required to ride the trails.
Just know the Smyrna end has a lot of walkers, dogs, kids on bikes and your group will have to slow down.

Wish on 02/14/2022 11:03 AM
Or like the Hikers describe it "just know that there are lots of bikers on the SC trail"

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Help with parking near the trail
CCH from Morganton, GA on 01/02/2022 09:10 AM
Can you suggest a nice family friendly area along the trail near Cedartown or Easom Hill with parking and restrooms?

PL from Atlanta on 01/02/2022 11:54 AM

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 01/03/2022 04:12 PM
One of my favorite family friendly rides is from Martin Trail Head, west of Cedartown @ MP# 53, to the GA/AL Line. Total of about 16 miles (both ways 8+8=16). This ride is scenic and flat. Toilet facilities are porta johns and has a gravel P Lot.

Another ride is from Tara Drummond Park, (paved lot), near MP# 21.5, to Pumpkinvine Trestle, (MP#25), to the Brushy Mt. Tunnel (MP#31) and back. This is a total of about 20 miles (both ways 10+10=20). This is mostly shaded woods but it does start with a bathroom at Tara Drummond Park. To make it shorter Park a Rambo Trail Head, (gravel + porta john), at MP# 23.

Zoom in on the map and turn on the Mile Post to see these areas.

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Lodging in or near Rockmart
Debbie G. from St. Charles on 12/24/2021 03:30 PM
Looking for lodging recommendations in or near Rockmart.

Also, best place to park overnight in Anniston.

Thank you in advance for any information!

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 12/29/2021 02:54 PM
For a Rockmart stay at The Manor at Becks Lake (bed and breakfast). Zoom into the map near MP 44.5, south down the road 1/2 mile.
Parking at Anniston, reserve a camp site (Michael Tucker Park & Chief Ladiga Trail), at the end or I have also heard of people parking at the Weaver Police station. Again zoom in on the map and information points, pop up balloons with phone numbers.

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Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna
D from Greenville on 11/30/2021 09:21 PM
Is overnight parking available at the trailhead for cyclists riding the Silver Comet? And is it a safe place?

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 12/02/2021 02:49 PM
The Cobb County web site says no overnight parking. Most people park 1.5 mile up to the east in the Publix Shopping center for overnight parking.

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Planning a trip
Francisco Alatorre from COLLIERVILLE on 10/26/2021 01:09 PM
Planning a trip with about 30 other good, strong riders. We're looking at a weekend in April 2022. Planning to start at Anniston and spend the night in Smyrna, and return to Anniston the following day. With so many riders, are the trails wide enough and is there a limit in speeds?

PL from Atlanta on 10/30/2021 01:47 PM
The trail is about the with of a car lane (give or take a few ft). A group of 30 riders would be waaaay too big

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 11/10/2021 12:24 PM
Generally the trail is 12' wide. The Smyrna end (asphalt) has a lot of walkers with dogs and kids. Just slow down around them. Once out West of Dallas (concrete) wide open with very few road crossing.

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One dday trip with overnight
Helen from Atlanta on 11/03/2021 01:22 PM
Hi all. My family would like to bike part of the silver comet on thanksgiving and spend the night We me thinking of biking in Alabama. Any suggestions of which town to stay in and which is a good part to bike since we won’t be doing the whole trail. I will probably drop them off and take my car to next point and bike out to meet them. Thanks

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 11/10/2021 12:17 PM
One of my favorite rides is from Martin Trail Head (West side of Cedartown, Georgia) to Piedmont, Alabama (Eubanks Welcome center). This is mostly wilderness with nice scenery. The trip is about 19 miles one-way. I would stay in a hotel in Piedmont.

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Rockmart Trailhead in Rockmart
Beeps from York ,PA on 11/07/2021 01:05 PM
Is it ok to leave a car here for 2 nights while we ride the trail west ?

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Weather, trail conditions
LN on 10/07/2021 06:15 PM
With all the current rain, even though it’s supposed to clear up this weekend, is it likely that the trail will be flooded in parts?We planned to do the whole trail this weekend.

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Where To Stay In Cedartown
JESFromASC from Anderson SC on 07/27/2021 08:47 AM
Looking to shuttle from Powder Springs to Anniston and ride back over two days. That looks like about 40miles/40miles. Where is the best, nicest place to stay in Cedartown? Price doesn't matter. Best place to eat and can you walk/bike there from the trail? THANKS!

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 08/11/2021 01:27 PM
Zoom in on the map, more information and facilities show up.
About 1.5 miles North of the Cedartown Depot is a Quality Inn and some others. Call make sure they are open.

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 10/07/2021 08:32 AM
Willing to assist with shuttle.
Contact me at:

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Florence Road Trailhead in Powder Springs
Anonymous from Prrry GA on 09/28/2021 12:59 PM
Am I able to leave a car overnight to return and grt it the second day?

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 10/07/2021 08:25 AM
Generally the Cobb County Web site says: No Overnight parking.
Some people have parked in the Publix Parking lot at MP# "0".
Safest overnight is at the Paulding County Government Complex Parking Lot about 0.8 miles, (off trail with Bike Path) from Tara Drummod S. Comet Plot MP# 21.5. This is lighted with a Sheriff / Jail Office and Marshalls patrol frequently.
Address: 240 Constitution Blvd., Dallas, Georgia

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Florence Road Trailhead in Powder Springs
Anonymous from Prrry GA on 09/28/2021 12:57 PM
Am I able to leave a car overnight to return and grt it the second day?

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Anniston Bike Shuttle in Anniston
Anniston Bike Shuttle on 09/02/2021 05:59 AM
This service is no longer available.

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Camping Along the Route
BikerJoe from Southern Northern Virginia on 08/08/2021 09:35 PM
I would like to ride this route on Christmas break this year. I would like to stay in the 30-40 mile per day range and make it about a 2.5 day trip. Looking at the site, there are not many options for camping. Just me, the bike, a small trailer and a two man tent. Are there any camping spots along the way that are not listed on this site.

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 08/11/2021 01:22 PM
Camping question:
Near MP# 30 is Racoon Creek. Past the creek on the North side of the trail is a dirt path leading down to Racoon Creek. Area is a WMA and free camping is allowed, (no facilities).

Next would be MP# 34 Rock Camp Ground. This is off the trail (South) on a dirt drive across a Hwy and is a pay site.

Next would be MP#46 Camp Comet. No facilities, free.

Mid point MP# 51 Cedartown, in town No camping or ask at the visitor Center (Depot) on trail.

Next would be Chief Ladiga Camp ground MP# 7 in Alabama, @ about 70 mile total. On right pay facility.

Next would be on the west side of Piedmont, Al., there is a park with a nice spring run by the City of Piedmont. Check at the Piedmont / Eubanks Welcome Center.

Zoom in on the map and more features start to show up.

Hope this helps.

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Martin Trailhead in Cedartown
Larry from Cumberland Md, on 06/28/2021 03:24 PM
I am looking to ride the CLT and SCT IN NOVEMBER. Is the Martin trail head a good place to park over night

Bruce E Coyle from Marietta on 07/22/2021 03:00 PM
Short answer, NO. Martin is a isolated Gravel Parking lot in the middle of no where. Has a gate that they lock at night and it is next to a County Green Box dump site. Better to go to the Cedartown Parking lot in town, but I have also heard there are issues there. May be best to go a hotel Plot in town and ask permission.

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Dangerous Mowers
Concerned Biker from Marietta on 05/07/2021 12:48 PM
My son and I were biking this morning (5/7 10am - 12pm) between Linear Park and Dogwood Golf Course along the trail. As we were biking along the trail, a guy mowing the lawn with a commercial lawn mower, saw my son, and then turned the lawn mower onto the trail right in front of him almost hitting him (he was laughing) and I had to swerve as well. On our return trip, we saw him again and he did the same thing directed at me this time. I cautioned other riders nearby to watch out for him and they said they had seen the same behavior.

Casper from Brooklyn, NY on 06/25/2021 11:31 PM
Wow! Glad you’re both ok. Thanks for the heads up!

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are e bikes welcome on the trails?
STEVE LEONARD from Ashford, al on 06/16/2021 05:36 PM
are e bikes welcome on these trails?

Robert from Weaver on 06/17/2021 08:02 AM
Yes they are as long as =<750 Watt motor and no throttle, only peddle assist.

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Trail construction
MB on 05/26/2021 03:20 PM
Had heard last year that a section of trail was closed for bridge repair, but do not recall where this was located. I’m trying to find the best trailhead to begin a trip without running into a road block.


Bruce from Marietta on 06/08/2021 11:26 AM
All open

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Shuttle needed from Smyrna to state line
Darrell from Atlanta on 06/04/2021 01:17 PM
I'm looking for a shuttle service one morning for myself and my bike, from the Smyrna trailhead to the state line, for a ride back.
Are there any around that will not cost me $200?
I was hoping to find someone that is going to take a group of people.

Ray (webmaster) on 06/07/2021 06:47 PM
Surprisingly, I am not aware of any shuttle services operating around that section of trail.

However, I recently learned about a shuttle service at the other end of the Chief Ladiga Trail, based in Anniston:
Anniston Bike Shuttle 205-753-1845

I am excited to hear of shuttle service on ANY section of the trail. I have no idea how far this service will go or what they charge, but I am happy to know they are out there and wish them success.

Bruce from Marietta on 06/08/2021 11:20 AM
Willing to assist. Just need to get it on my calendar.
Contact me at

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Smyrna to Rockmart ride
Jim131 from Lickskillet on 06/03/2021 06:14 PM
Starting from the Publix at the east west connector is a nice ride to Rockmart. Have someone drop you off at the Publix after lunch and pick you up 3 to 4 hours later in Rockmart. On a hot humid day it adds 15 to 20 minutes but this 65 year old averages just under 3 hours riding time with temps under 80. Stops at 10, 20, 25 and 30 miles with the 10 and 20 stops longer than 5 minutes. I find the ride easy up to 10. Hills but not too bad to 20. From mid 20s there are some long stretches of hills but I gear down and push on knowing that my goal is mile 30. Why? At mile 30 it is all downhill into Rockmart. You can average well over 15 Mph and most times I am doing over that and sometimes hit 20. I fuel up at mile 30 and have the best time going that 7.5 miles into Rockmart. If you break it up into 10, 20 and 30 miles about the only problem you’ll have is a sore backside. Great ride!

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Soli's Soups, Salads & Sandwiches in Rockmart
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?

SuznH from Rockmart, GA on 05/27/2021 10:41 PM
Soli's has great sandwiches, in my experience. I especially LOVE their chicken salad with pimento cheese spread on sour dough bread. Really nice people there too.

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The Beautiful Rock RV Park and Campground in Rockmart
Biker Deb from Blue Ridge on 05/26/2021 10:54 PM
2021 - Any updated information on this campground? I stayed here in 2017 and it was nice.

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Chief Ladiga Trail Campground in Piedmont
Biker Deb from Blue Ridge on 05/26/2021 10:51 PM
2021: any updates on camping here?

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Pubs, taverns, bistros
Anonymous from Myrtle beach on 05/11/2021 02:15 PM
Planning a trip in June, I would love to hear about any great food and beverage opportunities along the trail.

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Hilly section of the Silver Comet Trail
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 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.


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.

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.

Jim from Carrollton Texas on 04/27/2021 02:30 PM
The hilly section was a serious challenge for me on a recumbent trike.
At one point the GPS was showing 1.5 miles an hour(going toward Anniston). Coming back on the same stretch, I forgot about the switchback going downhill. I will not make that mistake again. That was my first and last time to be on 2 wheels on a recumbent trike.
It is a wonderful and unique trail that makes for a great ride.
Enjoy the ride!

Robert Woodson from Weaver on 05/09/2021 08:02 AM
Five miles of serious hills on the east side of Cedartown, GA, the remainder of the hills to Rockmart, GA are manageable. Be careful on the curves as sight is limited and riders go fast.

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Trail Closure - Chief Ladiga (CLT) 5/15/2021
Robert Woodson from Weaver on 05/08/2021 06:41 AM
The CLT will be closed from 8-12 on May 15th for time trials from Piedmont, AL to Jacksonville, AL. The CLT will reopen following the trials.

Robert Woodson from Weaver on 05/09/2021 07:57 AM
Sorry, correction - CLT will close at 6 AM and open at 12 Noon

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Katy trail riders heading to Chief Ladiga Silver Comet Trail area late May
Drs D and T from Columbia MO on 05/01/2021 09:26 AM
We are very regular riders on our hometown county trail here in Missouri, several thousand miles a year and wondering when planning a trip to the Silver Comet trail or the Chief Ladiga trail in Georgia/Alabama which parts of these trails would be best to ride if we have about two days to ride (we are bringing cross bikes and are capable of some road and light Mt bike riding with these). We are thinking bringing our bikes to a central location and then heading 25 miles out and back one day and 25 miles out and back the other direction on the other day. We plan, depending on Covid at staying at Hotel or B and B for night and between the two rides Where should we start? No offence to parts west but the Piedmont area looks especially inviting with the trees etc. Any advice would be appreciated.

Very nice website by the way.

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Lodging easy to reach from trail by bike near Syrna or vinings
Rose from Daphne on 04/24/2021 01:28 PM
Need lodging recommendations for bike trip next weekend with easy access from trail to hotel

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Nathan Dean Park in Rockmart
Marshall Goers on 04/22/2021 10:13 AM
Last time I stopped at the park, I couldn't locate a water fountain. Is there water there? I assumed there was, based on other info on the Silver Comet trail

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