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Facts & Description

Silver Comet Trail, GA

Length: The Silver Comet Trail is a 61.5 mile paved trail in Georgia. It meets the Chief Ladiga Trail at the Georgia-Alabama state line, which continues another 33 miles.
Surface: Asphalt in Cobb County, concrete in Paulding and Polk counties.


  • Trail is open to all non-motorized uses.
  • Stay on the trail surface.
  • Respect the privacy of adjacent land owners.
  • Travel in a consistent and predictable manner.
  • Keep right as you use the trail.
  • Pass on the left and give a courteous and audible signal of your intention to pass.
  • Stop, look, and yield to traffic at crossings.
  • Clean up your litter.
  • Keep pets leashed and clean up after them.
  • No alcohol, drugs or firearms (allowed with license).
  • Cyclists and skaters should wear helmets.
  • Use the buddy system.
  • Use the trail only during daylight hours.
  • Walkers have the right of way.
  • Climbing on bridges and railing is prohibited.
  • Use extreme caution while crossing bridges.

Maintained By:

The Silver Comet Trail is maintained by each county that it goes through. If you have a question about its maintenance, please contact these agencies/people

Cobb County – Cobb County Parks & Recreation
Paulding County – Paulding County Maintenance
Polk County: Georgia Rails Into Trails (GRITS)(a non-government group)

History of Trail:

The Silver Comet Trail is an converted Rail-Trail. Seaboard Air Lines (later CSX) operated a train on the line from Atlanta to Birmingham, for many years.

In approximately 1995, the PATH Foundation started promoting it as a multi-use trail. They coordinated County, State and Federal efforts to get the Trail done.


The Silver Comet Trail is open year-round. Snow is rare as you can see on the chart below. Best time to visit is May through October if you like mild weather. The current conditions shown on the right are for Smyrna, GA at the beginning of the trail.

High (°F) 50 55 64 72 79 85 88 87 81 72 63 54
Low (°F) 31 34 42 50 58 66 69 69 63 51 42 35
Average (°F) 41 45 54 62 69 76 79 78 73 62 53 45
Rain (inches) 4.8 4.8 5.8 4.3 4.3 3.6 5.0 3.7 3.4 3.1 3.9 4.3
Snow (inches) 0.0 0.6 0.4 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0.2