Silver Comet Trail
Crossing Pumpkinvine Creek on the Silver Comet Trail
While Georgia has lagged behind many other states in converting abandoned rail corridors to long multi-use trails, we do have one star in that regard. The old Atlanta-Birmingham route of Seaboard Air Line Railway now provides a 61-mile linear park across Cobb, Paulding, and Polk counties to the state line. Once in Alabama, it changes name, becoming the Chief Ladiga Trail, and continues 33 miles further.
Abandoned in the 1980s, the route was purchased by Georgia DOT to preserve the corridor for future transportation needs.
For train-watchers, the trail offers a bridge over Norfolk Southern's Rome-Atlanta line in a particularly scenic part of Paulding County. This line roughly parallels the trail for much of its length and NS trains can often be heard even when they can't be seen, adding to the charm of your bike ride. (Or just make your own train sounds as you roll on down the line.)
For more information, see silvercometga.com.
Advertisement from 1964 Seaboard Railroad timetable.
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