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Using Amtrak for a return trip
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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.

Terrapin Creek Lodge in Piedmont
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
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
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
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?
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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