Silver Comet Trail, Atlanta, Georgia
The Silver Comet Trail runs along the bed of old Seaboard Air Line. Nowadays, Silver Comet follows from Smyrna to Esom Hill. The eastern section passes several residential areas, including housing developments with private trail access. The western section is more connected to countryside, a combination of pine stands and farmland creates a pretty scenery. At dusk, animal sounds make the countryside more alive.
You can find numerous access points and parking lots along the route.
This is a well-maintained 61 miles trail which is 12-foot wide and paved. Long, flat, and easy-accessed, Silver Comet Trail is suitable for all skills levels.
Food and Drink
There is plenty of access to food and water. Several restaurants and café are also provided along the trail.
Silver Comet Trail is one of the most popular trail in Atlanta. It is suitable for cyclists who are expecting a pretty flat, long, beautiful ride. You will bike on a trail that is on a former rail line running more than 60 miles from Smyrna to Alabama border. You will have a chance to pedal though forest and farmland, connected by some narrow rock valleys and extremely high train trestles, while enjoy fantastic views. Since there are multiple trailheads along the road, you may customize your ride’s length as you want to, make it a short friendly trip or turn it into a long adventure. Otherwise, you can challenge yourself with an even farther ride by keep going at Alabama border. This will bring you to Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail, giving another 34-mile stretch of pavement into Alabama.
Silver Comet Trail’s highlights include some relics from its rail line in the past. At Mile Marker 23, the Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle stands 100 feet high and 700 feet long. And at Mile Marker 30.8, the Brushy Mountain Tunnel sounds a spooky note with 700 feet of damp, dark corridor. You can find a trailside bike rental shop named Silver Comet Depot on Floyd Road in Mableton.
Fortunately, about 16 wheelchair-accessible access points, 15 restrooms, 10 water fountains, and a variety of trailside services are available along the stretch.
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