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Silver Comet Trail, Georgia
As of February 8, 2013
The PATH Foundation will be doing some needed maintenance on the Silver Comet Trail in the coming weeks. Here is there announcement:
The PATH Foundation will be performing considerable maintenance on the Silver Comet Trail between mile 13-52 beginning next week [editor note: likely starting February 11th] and continuing through February. Work will include replacing broken pavement, signs, fencing; backfilling soil along the edge of the trail, and restriping the centerline. Although we do not anticipate detours or delays there will be equipment and workers on the trail.
OVERVIEW OF SILVER COMET TRAIL
The Silver Comet Trail is a 61.5 mile-long, converted rail-trail going from Smyrna, about 15 miles Northwest of Atlanta, to the Georgia-Alabama state line; there it meets the Chief Ladiga Trail, the continuation of the old Seaboard Air Line train route.
Officially, the Silver Comet Trail starts and goes westward from the Mavell Road Trailhead (mile zero). There is an eastward extension of the Silver Comet Trail, called the Cumberland Connector. The Cumberland Connector goes east to Cumberland Mall, near the I-75 and I-285 intersection, for 4.9 miles.
The Silver Comet Trail is Georgia’s most ambitious rails-to-trails project. It was named for a train that used the identical route from 1947 to 1968. The Silver Comet originated in Boston and ran through Atlanta on the way to its final destination in Birmingham. Rails-to-trails projects, the conversions of abandoned railroads to recreational trails, are very popular across the country.
The Silver Comet Trail allows you to bike, run, walk or skate 60 miles from Smyrna GA to the Georgia/Alabama Line. You don’t have to share the trail with cars or trucks. No motorized vehicles are allowed! Along the way you’ll see wildlife and beautiful scenery. Crossing the Silver Comet Trail are two very scenic side trails, the Wildhorse Creek Trail at mile marker 8.60 and the Lucille Creek Trail at mile marker 10.0.
One of the trail highlights is crossing the Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle, a 750 foot long, 126 foot high bridge. A little farther west is the 800 foot Brushy Mountain tunnel – fun for children of all ages to bike, run or walk through.
A little further West, you pass Ma White’s Bottom Land, a beautiful stretch of farmland. Stop and sit on a bench and view it, or look at the historic marker.
From there, you pass through scenic northwest Georgia fields and forests. You’ll pass through the towns of Rockmart and Cedartown, both great places to stop and sightsee or enjoy a local restaurant.
The Silver Comet Trail officially ends at the Georgia-Alabama line. It actually continues on from there as the Chief Ladiga Trail, for continued Trail adventure. Combined, the Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga Trail is the longest paved rail-trail in the United States!
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