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Silver Comet Trail, Georgia


Update to Closure of Sections of the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County (May 1, 2014)

All work on bridge repair and replacement on the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County has been completed by the Cobb County Department of Transportation (Cobb DOT).

However, the Cobb DOT is planning to resurface the entire Silver Comet Trail within Cobb County beginning in early June 2014.  The trail will be closed in 2-3 mile sections for two to three weeks and will not be accessible during the  week.  The entire Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County will be open during the repaving on WEEKENDS and HOLIDAYS.

Here is a statement by the Cobb DOT:

Summer Resurfacing on the Silver Comet Trail

After the Silver Comet bridge repair work is complete this April, Cobb DOT will be coordinating a resurfacing effort, funded by the 2011 SPLOST, which will affect the entire stretch of the Silver Comet Trail within Cobb County. Resurfacing is expected to begin in early June and is scheduled for completion before the Labor Day weekend.
The 12.8 mile trail will be repaired and resurfaced in 4 or 5 sections. Each 2 to 3 mile long section will be closed to all traffic for 2 to 3 weeks. Work will include pavement repair, resurfacing, restriping and shoulder restoration making the entire trail look like a brand new trail. Each section will be completely finished and opened before the next 2 to 3 mile section is started and closed. While the Silver Comet will be closed at these construction sites during this time frame, the entire Trail will be completely open on all weekends and Holidays. The final schedule and segmentation of the sections will be verified by the Contractor, after the successful bidder is determined.
Cobb DOT expects to confirm the resurfacing schedule by early May and will post it on our website.


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.
Come take a relaxing ride on the Silver Comet Trail!

Come take a relaxing ride on the Silver Comet Trail!

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!

The Silver Comet Trail Goes from Smyrna, Georgia to the Alabama Line

Overview of the Silver Comet Trail