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cedartown to rockmart -highway!?
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Patty from Memphis on 09/21/2014 06:52 PM
my friend and i will be riding the CLT and the SCT starting on Oct 29. We will ride west to east and back. Do i understand correctly that the section between cedar town and rock mart is highway? not the trail? and.... very hilly? how busy is this highway, please? 12 miles of highway is a little bit disconcerting, to say the least. thanks

 
Anonymous on 09/21/2014 06:56 PM
also, sorry. where would i be able to leave my car in anniston for 2 days ?

 
Donna F. from Enterprise, AL on 09/23/2014 11:05 AM
It's been several years ago since my husband and I rode this trail, and I was not a regular cyclist. I had never cycled more than 15 miles at one time EVER. You will be on a trail the entire way, you will cross over roads, but I don't recall being on a highway at any point, beside a highway several times, but never on the highway always on a trail. The only area that's of major concern is between Grady Road and Cedar Town, it's about 6 miles. I actually had to walk up several hills and you're in a very remote area, you actually break away from the original rail trail and this is kind of a detour from society. Your cell phone won't work and there will be a few hills that you will wish you'd never met! If I were concerned, I'd try to somehow skip this section, but if you're not in a rush, do like I did and walk when you have to walk, jump on the bike, ride down the hills and go up as far as gravity will take you and then walk again if you have to! Completing the ride is an awesome feeling!!! I would certainly start in GA and end in AL. Enjoy your ride!

 
Donna F. from Enterprise, AL on 09/23/2014 11:11 AM
There is a small park at the end of the trail, but I don't know about the parking rules there.....there's also a SONIC just down the road, possible they'd let you park there if you let them know what you're doing....??

 
Anonymous on 09/23/2014 08:19 PM
thank you both for you input!!

 
TG from Douglasville, Ga. on 10/20/2014 10:53 AM
We did this trail several years ago and unless it's been re-routed, we were on an actual road for a little bit. Not a major highway, but on back roads going through little neighborhoods. Somewhere between Rockmart and Cedartown. One section was very sketchy, though. Make sure you go through that part in the daylight. Have a great time and enjoy!

 
TG from Douglasville, Ga. on 10/20/2014 11:50 AM
There is also a place where you are on the trail, but it's right next to a highway. That's in Rockmart. The other place is in Cedartown where you are on city streets for a little bit.


distance
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Barbara from Birmingham on 07/11/2014 08:29 AM
how far is it from the Chief Ladiga Campground to the State line please.

 
Danny from Weaver on 07/28/2014 04:26 PM
Its either 32 or 33 miles. I live in weaver. every year i ride from weaver to Ga state line and back. Its a 64 mile round trip


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Dawn G on 07/16/2014 08:15 AM
Hello, I am planning on riding the trails again. I am looking for groups that ride in the Dallas, GA area. Do you know of any groups that ride there?


Cedartown
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Dick from Rossville In. on 07/13/2014 06:08 PM
What kind of facalaties are at the comet campground


Anniston
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Scott Brightwell from Anniston, AL on 05/23/2014 03:48 PM
The Parker House Bed and Breakfast would love to pick you up from the Anniston trailhead when you arrive and bring you to the B&B overnight. You'll be well taken care of, rested, and breakfasted and ready to hit the return trip the next morning.

If you're up for an adventure, we can help arrange mountain bike rentals, and shuttle you to Coldwater Mountain, the south's premiere IMBA built mountain bike trail system! Start the Silver Comet on Friday, and we'll pick you up. Bike Coldwater on Saturday, and we'll shuttle you there. Return on the Chief Ladiga on Sunday... if you think you're legs can handle it! Otherwise make it a day of rest, and return ride on Monday!

We've been open for two years, and are the only lodging in Anniston with a five-star rating on TripAdvisor.com! Many of the reviewers were cyclists coming from Atlanta!!


Shuttle
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Sabine from Columbia, SC on 07/12/2013 09:14 AM
Hi there,
I am planning to ride the Silver comet Trail this year. Are there any shuttle services available to make this a one way trip.
Or can somebody tell me how long it takes to ride the entire trail round trip in a comfortable speed not race speed?

 
Kyle Stanbro from Providence Forge on 11/25/2013 02:49 PM
I have the opportunity to ride the trail the first week of Dec 2013 and have the same question. If I had another rider we could work a shuttle between us. Any info would be good

 
Amber Trantham from Alexandria, AL on 02/17/2014 08:21 AM
My son and I are athletes but not bike riders. We biked both trails in a weekend. We live in Anniston. So I had my husband drop us off in Smyrna and we biked home. I pulled a trailer with our camping gear. I suggest riding Smyrna to mm 34 and camping at The Rock campground. Then biking Rockmart to Piedmont, AL and camping at chief Ladiga campground mm 7. That puts you at about 35 miles each day. If my 10 year old and me pulling a trailer can do it-anyone can!

 
Scott Brightwell from Anniston, AL on 05/23/2014 03:42 PM
My wife and I own the Parker House Bed and Breakfast in Anniston. www.parkerbnb.com

We offer the service of picking you up at the trailhead in Anniston, and bringing you to the B&B overnight, putting you back on the trail the next day.

If you don't think you can do the entire trail in a day, my advise is to stay the night in Cedartown (and break it into 4 days), or put in at Cedartown (or nearby) and come to Anniston, and back the next day.

We've been open for two years, and are the only lodging in Anniston with a five-star rating on TripAdvisor.com! Many of the reviewers were cyclists coming from Atlanta!!


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Anonymous on 04/20/2014 09:41 AM
What are the prevailing winds on the Silver Comet/Chief Ladiga in early May? Should I ride east to west or west to east?

 
Esdraelon from Marietta, GA on 05/21/2014 03:50 PM
Depends, you need to watch the weather a few days before your ride but normally you'll want to ride west to east. Just remember before a front arrives, the wind backs to the northeast which signifies a falling barometer and generally rain.


Rental Bikes
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Pastor Jim on 03/01/2014 01:14 PM
I have a friend coming in a month or two and would like to go cycling and would need to rent bike for my friend.

 
Matt from Ball Ground on 04/11/2014 10:22 PM
Floyd Rd trail head bike shop.


Rockmart
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Putput from Aragon on 03/10/2014 03:50 PM
Great Place to Shop go by Frankie's and get some of their Honey Straws for energy on the trail.


State Line Parking
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Shelly Johnson from Hoover, AL on 02/19/2014 02:16 PM
Can someone give me directions? I can't seem to find a good address to plug into a GPS. Last time we went, we had a hard time finding a parking place. I think we ended up at Esom Hill-Isn't there a State Line Park? Coming from Birmingham.

 
Steve from Huntsville on 03/01/2014 06:47 AM
Yes there is a parking lot near Esom. Sorry I can't give directions but I know it's there.


 - 
R on 02/19/2014 09:03 AM
Did the recent ice storms cause any damage to the trail in Georgia or Alabama? Are any sections closed and if so is there an estimate on when the trail will be completely open?


Biked the entire trail!
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Amber Trantham from Alexandria, AL on 02/17/2014 08:15 AM
My son and I spent the weekend biking the entire trail. My husband dropped us off in Smyrna, GA and we planned to bike home to Anniston, AL. My fist bit of advise is to be sure you have an actual map of both these trails. The locations on this website (and all the others) needs to be updated and in some areas is just wrong. Call ahead to all your stops (which I did ) and be sure to ask specific directions and distances from the trail ( learned that the hard way after stop 1). The amenities at several of the stops are permanently closed. Not only that but between Smyrna and Dallas segments of the trail were closed. And I mean CLOSED. The construction workers threatened to have us arrested if we didn't get off the trail. I explained to them I was 80 miles from home and was pulling a heavy trailer and had my 10 year old son with me. And asked very politely if they could tell me were to go around, how far the trail was closed, where did it open up again, where could we re-enter the trail. They claimed they didn't know and again threatened to call the cops, looking back I wish I had let them. I bet the police would have at least directed us to the safest rout around the construction areas. We went around to next entry only to be booted off the trail again, but at least I found a someone who knew where it re-opened at and how to get there. This segment was a nightmare! And there were additional closings posted for end of Feb. early March.


Days Inn - Dallas in Dallas
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Amber Trantham from Alexandria, AL on 02/17/2014 07:59 AM
Now Sunshine Inn. My 10 year old son and I spent the weekend biking the entire SC/CL trails this weekend. We started at the beginning of the trail in Smyrna and Dallas was to be our first stop. It was snowing/raining so we planned on staying at this hotel which the web site states is at MM 19.3 and only one mile from the trail. There is no exit at Old Harris Road, the road the hotel is on as far as I know and according to those we talked to in town. If there was ( and again there might be- maybe someone familiar with the area can fill is in) it would be a safe easy ride and only 1 mile. BUT if you exit at MM 19.3 you will have to go up the side of HWY 278 for 1.5 miles. I was pulling a trailer with our camping gear and had my son with me. SCARY. That being said, the hotel was the perfect place to stay once we got there. The cost was about $66 and had a kitchenette. We were able to bring our bikes and trailer into the room for the night. Walking distance from a Subway, minimart, house of Chen and a Mexican restaurant. The precious family who owns the Inn... I can't say enough wonderful things about them!! The wife insisted on taking my son and I to the trail the next morning so we wouldn't have to go down HWY 278 again.


Cedartown
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Amber Trantham from Alexandria, AL on 02/17/2014 07:40 AM
Almost all of the resources at this location are closed down permanently. And ALL of them are closed on Sunday including the Depot which locals told me is almost never open anymore. I was biking through with my son and had planned to stop there to eat. NOT the best part of town.


Chief Ladiga Trail Campground in Piedmont
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Moonster from Tuscaloosa, AL on 02/07/2012 11:14 PM
How much are the camp sites per night and are they open year round?

 
Amber Trantham from Alexandria, AL on 02/17/2014 07:36 AM
I stayed the result last night. It is one of the most beautiful locations on the trail. The cost is $15 a night and the location is mile marker 7 off Chiefl Ladiga trail. The caretaker , Terri was so friendly and kind. Just choose your site when you arrive and he'll come and check on you. Plenty of firewood and nice restrooms. I never heard or saw a car the entire time we were there.


Cobb County Trail Construction
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Greg Forrester on 12/25/2013 07:28 PM
I saw in doing a "Google" search on the Silver Comet Trail that Cobb County (eastern 13 miles of the trail) plans on doing construction work that will periodically close parts of the trail in Cobb County in winter and spring 2014. Please check http://prca.cobbcountyga.gov/silvercomet.htm
for updates.


Annual Summer Solstice Challenge
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Richard C. Beck from Conyers, GA on 12/24/2013 09:14 PM
AudaxAtlanta,com a randonneuring group sponsors a 300K ride on Solstice weekend in June. Challenge is round trip from Cedartown dawn to dusk. Official challenge is do it in less than 20 hrs. This is for registered randonneurs. See RUSA,org for membership.


helmets
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Anonymous on 05/30/2013 11:36 PM
I realize helmets are always a good idea...but are they required?

 
Richard C Beck from Conyers, GA on 12/24/2013 07:59 PM
No, see CODE OF GEORGIA TITLE 40.40-6-296 (e) (1) unless you are under age sixteen. Soooooo, when a club or weekend event requires everyone to wear brain buckets on Public Right of Ways they are contrary to State Law. Hummm.


Esom Hill
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Darryl from Ashville,al on 11/28/2013 04:58 PM
This is a good spot to stop. Big parking lot, also a store near by with great Americans running it. Get supplies, beverages, lottery tickets, and by all means get a hunk of hoop cheese to take with you for snacking. signs are in place to direct you to slaughter grocery. Good People!!!


Camp Comet in Cedartown
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Comet Rider from Suwanee, GA on 10/22/2013 12:56 PM
July 2012, I camped at Camp Comet with a group of Boys Scouts. While I am thankful for a camping spot that is half way between Smyrna and Anniston. The lack of water, picnic tables and road access, severely limit the usefulness of the campsite. Water for drinking and washing is an absolute necessity after a day of biking.
This summer I biked the Montour / Great Allegheny Passage / C & I Canal trails in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Those trails have campsites with water (old fashioned hand pump), picnic tables and porti-johns every 10 miles or so.


Lost Keys
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That Hiker Guy on 10/20/2013 05:43 PM
I think I accidentally dropped my spare key in the Smyrna (Nickajack) parking lot. It has a black plastic handle, which has a Toyota emblem on it. The lock/unlock clicker is also on the key ring. If anyone sees it, please reply to this thread. Thanks!


Lost glasses found
 - 
Linda from Birmingham on 10/05/2013 08:08 PM
I found a pair of sunglasses at the state line if you can describe them I will return them.


Hiram
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Anonymous on 07/29/2013 07:59 AM
A new bike shop is opening near to the Seaboard Ave trail head in Hiram (1/2 mile). It's called Cycology Bike Shop.


Germania Springs Park in Jacksonville
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Anonymous from Jacksonville on 07/24/2013 09:06 PM
This is a great park. It would be nice to see grills with the pavilions. It would make a nice picnic area for the family.


dogs
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Anonymous on 05/29/2013 09:52 AM
Are dogs allowed. My dog would be heart broken and so would I if she couldn't go.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 05/30/2013 06:36 AM
Yes dogs are allowed, as long as they are kept under control and on a short leash. You also must clean up after your pet.

Enjoy the trail (both of you!)


parking
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anonymous from Adamsville Al on 05/26/2013 08:29 AM
Are there parking lots available for trail riders for out and back trips? If not, where is a good place to leave vehicle starting at Peidmont?

 
Old Ed from Huntsville, AL on 05/26/2013 09:56 PM
Try Walmart. We just did Anniston to Smyrna and back and left our vehicles at Walmart in Anniston with no problems. 200 Miles of sweet smelling honey suckle! Woderful.

 
anonymous from Adamsville on 05/28/2013 03:06 PM
Thanks a lot. Good suggestion. I didn't know the Anniston section was finished yet...but i am just learning and getting started.


events on the silver comet
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JLH from Louisville on 05/14/2013 03:55 PM
We are planning a bike trip on the Silver Comet & Chief Ladiga Trails Oct 8-12. Are there any events scheduled like a mini marathon bike race etc.


flooding?
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Quentin from Rome on 04/28/2013 07:12 AM
Anyone know the condition of the silver comet trail. I heard parts of it were flooded recently.

 
Anonymous from Stockbridge, GA on 04/30/2013 08:52 PM
Today we rode from Van Wert to GA/AL line and no problems. Just a little run off in some places but nothing over our tires


camping
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dstarr from Stockbridge GA on 07/02/2010 10:43 AM
I am interested in hiking end to end. Are there any private land owners that accomodate campers. Are there areas to just bed down for the night. I assume that campfires would be out of the question, but does anyone know of hikers that just found a spot just off the trail to camp for the night.

 
Old Rider from Pensacola, Fl on 10/13/2012 10:05 AM
It's called stealth camping. All you need is a stove to boil water for ramen, no camp fire.

 
Kirk Otterman from Alto on 04/19/2013 11:17 PM
There is camping 1/4 mile from Rockmart trailhead, The Rock campground, $10.00 nightly for tent camping with electric and water.


Camping facilities
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Rick from Minneapolis on 03/03/2011 12:10 AM
Could someone please tell me if there are many camping facilities along the trail or within a mile of the trail? I am looking for tent camping and the more options the better. When biking with a 4 and 6 year old you never know how far you will get in a day. Also what is the weather usually like in late March, early April?

Thank you.

 
Kirk Otterman from Alto on 04/19/2013 11:13 PM
The Rock campground in Rockmart, Ga. It is 1/4 mile from the trail. It is $10.00 nightly for tent camping. Hope this helps.


Lost USB Battery Backup Devices Floyd rd Trail hea
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Robert from Atlanta on 03/12/2013 04:00 PM
On Saturday March 9, 2013 in the parking lot on the Floyd Road trailhead in Mableton. I lost two USB Battery power backup devices one Black and one White. Thanks, you can email me at rachtenb at gmail dot com

Bob


Lost front wheel
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lane.outz13 from Warner Robins, GA on 03/06/2013 04:07 PM
Did anyone find a front wheel to a road bike at the Mavell Road trailhead between Friday March 1 and today March 6? I took it off to load my bike into my car Friday night and apparently forgot to also put the wheel in my car. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


New Rockmart Restaurants on the Trail
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peachesforsale from Rockmart on 02/24/2013 02:51 PM
There are two new restaurants right off the trail in downtown Rockmart. The Bricks on South Marble has lunch, dinner and live music. The Rock Ice Cream Shop serves old fashioned ice cream, sandwiches and more. So glad to finally have OPEN places to eat at my favorite trail stop!


Holiday Inn Express in Cedartown
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Debbie Love from Lilburn GA on 11/10/2012 01:23 PM
This is a great place to stay! They really welcome bikers and serve a decent breakfast. It is actually 1.5 miles from the trail (train depot), but you can ride on sidewalks all the way. Another plus, this Holiday Inn is walking distance to Zorba's, which is a yummy, reasonably priced place to eat.

 
Anonymous on 01/11/2013 03:14 AM
Thanks for this information. The more of this information the better as far as I am concerned (especially for those of us not from the area who only get a chance to get over and ride once or maybe twice) a year. Thanks again.


Relatives from Rockmart.
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Steve Popham from Detroit, Mi on 12/30/2012 01:07 AM
I am looking for my dads (Gene Popham) relatives that lived on a hwy along the Silver Comet train tracks near Rockmart during the 1970's. I don't recall there last name but there first names were ED and Ruth (Popham) and they had two sons and a daughter who would be in there 50's now. Ed once owned a gas station in the area. Sons might be named Gunther and Michael.

If anybody can help me either email me or call me at 586-6681503.

Thanks


Surprise Hill
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Sore legs on 10/15/2012 02:55 PM
Does anyone know the % grade of the first big hill heading west? Also known as Garbage Hill or the Polk County Pyrenees.

 
MH from South AL on 11/11/2012 01:06 PM
Been told by a friend it's around 17%-all I know is its a challenge!!


Where to eat in Piedmont AL
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Sallyrider from John'screek on 08/28/2011 03:09 PM
Found a great place to eat in Piedmont at The Solid ROck Cafe, wasn't on Yelp! or Aroundme apps. Great clean food and delicious fruit smoothies, really hit the spot on our long ride, they even refilled out water bottles. 2 blocks from trail- 105 center st. Piedmont AL Highly recommend.

 
Old Rider from Pensacola, Fl on 10/13/2012 09:35 AM
Having ridden the Cheaha Challenge several times I have found the people in Piedmont to be very friendly and accomodating.

 
Steve H from Pelham, AL on 11/01/2012 01:00 PM
I agree about the Solid Rock- cool place to refresh yourself.


Shuttle
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Anonymous on 10/27/2012 07:28 AM
Does anyone know of any shuttle service that will transport riders and their bikes/gear from one section of the trail to another?


Piedmont to Cedartown
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Doccus from Decatur, al on 10/21/2012 07:36 AM
Great flat section. Not many bathrooms Esom's trail head is marked as having a bathroom but does not at least right now. Moore's in Cedartown is closed. Pirkle's Deli is a few blocks off of the trail on Main Street is wonderful. In Cedartown, go to old depot (right on trail) to find Main Street. All in all a wonderful ride. Trail is very wide and smooth in Georgia. It is asphalt and slightly more narrow in Alabama but still in great shape.


Frankie's Italian Restaurant in Rockmart
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Brooke from Atlanta on 10/08/2012 08:39 PM
Good, speedy food, with smaller portioned lunch specials good for sharing if you're just passing through and don't want to get loaded down with food. TONS of cyclists stop here on the weekends. The waitresses and owners know that bikers are their primary market, so they're good to us, offer to fill our water bottles before we head out, etc. Definitely a must during your trip.


Leaving car near Anniston
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Scott on 08/27/2012 11:23 AM
is there any place that is safe to leave a car for a couple of nights near Anniston where it will be left alone and not get towed? Thanks.


Pirkle's Deli in Cedartown
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bhake from Huntsville on 10/03/2011 10:48 AM
This is a wonderful little deli. I highly recommend it. The broccoli salad is out of sight and the toasted sandwiches are mouth watering good. We stopped there on the way there and back.

 
camille from alpharetta, ga on 08/27/2012 11:03 AM
I tried the grilled Chicken Salad sandwich and I am still dreaming about it ! Simply the best sandwich ever.....


Southern Express SAG
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Camille from Alpharetta on 07/09/2012 04:27 PM
I am trying to find any reviews on this new company for the weekend trip down the silver comet. Does anyone know anything? It sounds just wonderful but would love to know more if anyone can share.

 
Camille from Alpharetta on 08/26/2012 04:08 PM
Just wanted to let folks know my husband and I did the weekend trip with Sourhern Express Sag They are the nicest people that are very knowledgable. They provided snacks evey 20 miles. Dinner and a nights stay at Hampton Inn. Check them out at www.southernexpresssag.com


University Inn in Jacksonville
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HW from Henry County on 07/12/2012 11:29 PM
I stayed here after my century ride on July 11, 2012 because The campground was closed and the Hampton Inn was full.

The room was better than I expected for the price. Seemed clean and the bed was comfortable enough. I wouldn't stay here if I had the choice to stay elsewhere but given the circumstances it wasn't too bad.


Where Cheif Ladiga Trail End?
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BobbyG from Mint Hill, NC on 03/15/2012 11:44 AM
I'm trying to determine where the trail currently starts/ends on the Eastern end. I'm planning a trip in June and had planned to stay in Anniston but it appears the trail stops in Weaver. If it does not end in Anniston, how far and how dangerous are the roads into Anniston from the trail end?

 
GaryP from Anniston on 04/30/2012 10:32 AM
The trail does end in Weaver which is about 5 or 6 miles north of Anniston. Lots of traffic on Highway 21 going into Anniston from Weaver so it wouldn't be a good ride on bikes. There are a couple of hotels closer to Weaver and a nice lodge at the former Fort McClellan. There is also a new Hampton Inn at Jacksonville.

 
BobbyG from Mint Hill, NC on 04/30/2012 03:52 PM
Thanks for the help!

 
GaryP from Anniston on 05/01/2012 03:11 PM
The few hotels close to Weaver are the economy type like Super 8. If it were me I'd stay at the Hampton Inn in Jacksonville or the Long Leaf Lodge at McClellan. You may just want to check them all out online before you come. Hope you are able to make the trip!


Bridges on the trail
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CS from Auburn, Al on 04/29/2012 12:35 PM
I have been riding the trail for many years. Never had
An incident until today, 4/29/12. The bridge just north of
Germania Springs is a HAZARD!! Since the boards were
Replaced on it they have become rough, bucked up,
And virtually impossible to cross at any speed!
Today as I was crossing it I hit the bridge railing and ended up
Chewed up by the wood and iron! Something needs to be done
To correct this dangerous bridge!


shuttles
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glendons from manistique mi on 03/18/2012 06:46 PM
we would like to ride the entire trail west to east in early April.
Are there any shuttle services available for hire at the Smyrna end to get us back to Weaver or Piedmont/


Chief Ladiga Trail Campground in Piedmont
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Getnmotion from Huntsville, AL on 12/05/2011 08:36 PM
12/4/11 – Stayed in the campground. Set up a tent by the river and all you could hear was the sound of running water. This is a very remote location and extremely quiet. The campground is so big that you should have no problem finding a site well away from the crowd. Some sites have picnic tables and really nice fire rings. The bath house has the biggest private showers I have ever seen; they even have their own light for each shower. The people operating the place were real nice. I would gladly stay here again.


Econo Lodge Inn & Suites in Rockmart
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JTS from Tennessee on 10/19/2011 12:29 PM
A great place to stay. Clean and comfortable with a helpful, friendly staff. Restaurants and Silver Comet Trail nearby.


Two day out and back
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Brian from LaGrange GA on 09/13/2011 02:14 PM
Looking to do an overnight trip with two out and back rides. Thought about staying in dallas and riding east one day, and west the other day. Out to Rockmart or Fish Creek, and the other day, maybe down to Smyrna Trail head. Two Questions: 1. Does anyone have a thought, or better recommendation for this type trip? I have about 4-6 guys riding, and we are looking to do about 40 miles per day. and 2. Staying in Dallas or Hiram is an option it seems. Preferences, and good eats in both?
Also, would the beginning of October be a good time to do this trip? Weather is starting to cool off a bit, but not too cold.


Smyrna/Anniston/Smyrna - 2 days
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Paul from Anna Maria Island, FL on 07/31/2011 07:38 PM
I am in ATL visiting my father and am planning an end to end ride with a stay in Anniston for the night then back the next day. Any thoughts about getting a hotel in Anniston?, Trail conditions? Weather this time of the year? Safety and any tips for first time solo trail rider? I am scheduled for the FL IM in 2011 so this should be a good primer. Any thoughts would be welcome. Thanks
Paul

Thanks

 
Scott from Atlanta on 08/22/2011 01:02 PM
Paul,

Trail conditions are great. It can certainly be hot this time of year so get out early.I would also watch for late afternoon storms if you get a late jump.Smooth riding after about 10 miles from Symerna. Gets a bit crowded with families. I have only been to the AL line and back and did not stay. The SCT is really fantastic!~ Enjoy


Using Amtrak for a return trip
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Nelson Binggeli from Atlanta GA on 02/24/2011 10:19 PM
The Amtrak Crescent runs between Atlanta and Anniston, which in theory could provide a return option for cyclists wishing to ride the entire 100 miles. However, Amtrak does not provide bicycle racks on the Crescent (as they do on some other routes). Please consider contacting Amtrak to request that they provide bicycle racks on this route.

 
Paulie from Knoxville on 04/21/2011 10:33 AM
Nelson, I've contacted Amtrak on this very issue. Its like talking to a brick wall. I bike the Katy via Amtrak and its great way to expereince the trail.


Terrapin Creek Lodge in Piedmont
 - 
neverknow from gadsden on 02/26/2011 02:57 AM
Extremely warm and inviting place to have a event or stay. Nice place to have class reunion. the owners are very nice people and seem to be interested in helping you if they can. However, their manager who also runs a food place at a trade day on Sundays is not concern about renting the place are helping you out at all. she will not return your calls. she has very poor communication skills and does not care how inconvient she makes your experience. The place is like a little second job that she does not want to be bothered with.


Trail Conditions after 2011 Storm
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Nicole from Atlanta on 01/13/2011 02:37 PM
Has anyone ventured out to the trail this week?? Is it iced over like everything else in Atlanta? Want to know trail conditions for my long run on Sat Jan 15. Starting at zero mile marker to mile marker 6. Many thanks!

 
denton from jonesboro, ar on 01/18/2011 01:53 PM
How was your 1-15-11 trip? What kink of trail conditions from Annison to Atlanta, paved for a road bike? What hotels or motels or B&B close to the trail in Annison?


chief ladiga PAVED?
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martha from taos,nm on 08/12/2010 06:27 PM
Is the entire Chief Ladiga trail paved now, or not the eastern 12 miles? Is it suitable for road bikes 25 c tires?


Overnighting in Hiram or Smyrna
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Steve from Huntsville on 08/09/2010 10:57 AM
Planning on starting in either Piedmont or Cedartown and riding east. Are the motels easier to get to by bike in Hiram or Smyrna? Which is the better town overall to stay in? Can you safely get from the trailhead to downtown Atlanta by bike? I'm thinking not, so are there cabs or shuttles that will get you there? Any guidance will be helpful, thanks.


Terrapin Creek Lodge in Piedmont
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wendy from atlanta on 08/05/2010 10:07 PM
We went with our family a couple of summers ago and had a great time. the main house was very comfortable and all the outdoor seating gave so many great views of the creek and beautiful surroundings. it was a great adventure for us and our daughter. she loved riding in a boat with her dad!


Buckled pavement west of the Martin trailhead
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Webmaster on 07/31/2010 12:02 AM
Be alert for buckled pavement just west of the Martin trailhead


Thanks Kitty!

 
Webmaster on 07/31/2010 06:18 AM
That's by Cedartown, in the area of mile 53 to 54 - just to clarify.


Frankie's Italian Restaurant in Rockmart
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steve from atlanta on 06/11/2010 07:52 AM
Fankies is <1/10 from the comet, not 8 miles. Great food and people


Parking-East End
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Paulie from Knoxville on 05/23/2010 01:44 PM
I would like to do an end to end out and back and would need to leave my car from early one morn until the next afternoon. Any suggetions on overnight parking near the east end of the SC ?

Thanks, Paulie

 
Anonymous from smyrna on 06/08/2010 04:37 PM
Im looking for someone to do and end to end ride with. I live on the comet at mile 0.0 an have space in my driveway. Shoot me an email with your plans.
thanks
Stephen
suba706@yahoo.com


Terrapin Creek Lodge in Piedmont
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Alicia from Tahlequah on 05/21/2010 12:22 AM
WHAT A GREAT PLACE TO STAY! Having recently stayed a week at Terrapin Creek Lodge, I can HIGHLY recommend it. It is a WONDERFUL PLACE and GREAT VALUE. It is on a beautiful 5-acre property with magnificent views of the creek & mountains. The home is very well and lovingly done and high quality – with hand made furniture, art & accents. It has an extremely well equipped, large kitchen and a gorgeous huge dining room overlooking the creek. We watched canoers and wildlife sitting in the dining room and on the decks. We cooked hotdogs and s’mores on the fireplaces... It was a lot of fun to float Terrapin Creek – a real, secret treasure. We also took trips to Little River Canyon (just 30 minutes away) that was fun. We really enjoyed having old-fashioned fun – swinging on the swings over the creek, playing games at night.and spending quality time together. Terrapin Creek Lodge has to be one of THE best places to stay in Alabama or the South, hands down. What fun we had! We look forward to another stay at Terrapin Creek Lodge...


motels in Cedartown and Rockmart
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Steve on 05/12/2010 08:38 AM
there are several motels in Cedartown and Rockmart, but you don't list them. Was this an oversight or a conscious decision? I am thinking about doing an out and back section from Jacksonville to Cedartown with my family and would like to have a good place to stay overnight. Thanks.

 
Ray (webmaster) on 05/13/2010 05:32 AM
Sorry, technical problem, which is now fixed. You will now see lodging listings on both the Rockmart and Cedartown pages.


Does anyone know the hours for the Cedartown Depot
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Jigsawdiva on 05/05/2010 07:02 AM
Or the phone number? I can't find the number anywhere on the net. Thanks

 
Ray (webmaster) on 05/05/2010 10:19 AM
Yes, the phone is 770-748-2090. The hours are:
Mon-Fri 9-5
Saturday 9-3
Sunday 1-5
Closed occasionally for a one-hour lunch break, sometime between 11 and 2. Also closed sometimes on holidays.
I'll update the website listing to include this information.


Spring is here
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Me on 04/05/2010 07:46 PM
and the trail is calling

 
Anonymous on 04/05/2010 09:37 PM
Good time to ride - before the mosquitos get too big & mean!


trail open?
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Psychlist on 03/12/2010 07:03 AM
Is the trail fully open now (no longer closed from last fall's floods)?

 
Ray (webmaster) on 03/13/2010 09:26 AM
Yes, the whole trail is open. However, there is still damage on the sides of the trail around mile 16 (between Hiram and Dallas) and cyclists are asked to keep their speed under 10MPH in that area.

Keep an eye on the "Trail Conditions" section, about halfway down the home page of this website.

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