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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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Smyrna Security
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
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
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

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Soli's Soups, Salads & Sandwiches in Rockmart
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 678-685-6265. Tom & Myra

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Parking security
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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Bike from downtown Atlanta to Smyrna Trailhead
Ginger Lyon from Atlanta on 04/12/2021 10:24 PM
I want to ride my bike from downtown Atlanta to the Trailhead in Smyrna. Bike friendly routes, please. May include MARTA. Thanks.

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Places to stay/shuttle setvice
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 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 .

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Milling of Chief Ladiga Trail (CLT)
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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You can email me at:

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

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

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

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

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

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