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Hours
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
https://www.silvercometga.com/silver-comet-polk-county/silver-comet-cedartown.shtml

 
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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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: bcoyle@paulding.gov

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

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Camping Along the Route
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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
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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
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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?
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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
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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.

Thanks!

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

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Shuttle needed from Smyrna to state line
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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 bcoyle@paulding.gov.

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

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

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

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

Thanks,
Pat

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

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

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

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

 
Jim from Carrollton Texas on 04/27/2021 02:30 PM
Hi,
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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Smyrna Security
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Ric from Warm Springs on 04/16/2021 06:20 AM
Hoping to do an out and back this June. How secure is the parking at the Eastern terminus?

 
Bruce from Marietta on 04/19/2021 03:13 PM
The Cobb County DOT web site says NO overnight parking at the Trail Parking lots. FYI

 
Ric from Warm Springs on 04/20/2021 06:17 AM
Thanks Bruce. I'll also look into the Publix parking.

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Highland Station Shopping Center in Smyrna
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mala from bainbridge, ga on 04/17/2021 06:00 PM
I will be bike/camping the trail, will be out there 3 nights. Will my old car be okay in the shopping center for 3 days? I don't want it to be towed.

 
Bruce from Marietta on 04/19/2021 03:12 PM
I have known of one person leaving a car for one night without problem. Maybe you should talk with the Publix manager about multiple nights.

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Don Williams Trailhead in Fish Creek
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The Manor at Becks Lake from Rockmart, Georgia, USA on 04/15/2021 07:01 AM
Don Williams trail head also offers disk golf, so much fun to play. The Manor at Becks Lake Bed & Breakfast is only 3/4 mile from trail head. The road is easily biked. We also will shuttle you to a local restaurant in Rockmart or Cedartown for dinner. Please arrange at booking. Our web is themanoratbeckslake.com

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Soli's Soups, Salads & Sandwiches in Rockmart
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The Manor at Becks Lake from Rockmart, Georgia, USA on 04/15/2021 06:41 AM
Many of our Bed & Breakfast guest her at The Manor at Becks Lake and ourselves have eaten with Soli. Soli's is very good food & friendly service. Eat with Soli and stay with us themanoratbeckslake.com 678-685-6265. Tom & Myra

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Parking security
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Ric from Warm Springs on 04/13/2021 07:06 AM
Hoping to do a round trip tour on the Comet and was wondering how secure the parking situation is at the Smyrna trailhead?

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

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

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

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

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

Hope this helps! Enjoy the ride as we plan to

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

bcoyle@paulding.gov

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Is it safe to pitch a tent and camp there?

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

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

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

WPD, 500 Anniston St, Weaver, AL 36277

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