This quiet, non-motorized, paved trail is for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, horses, dog walkers and is wheelchair accessible..
The Trail holds many scenic surprises around its bends. Sit back on a bench and contemplate its stunning views. For the hard core traveler, you can spend more than a day on the trail, either primitive camping or setting up at a trailside campsite. Sleeping under the stars along the Silver Comet is about as good as life gets.
Enjoy the restaurants, shops and recreational facilities of the cities and towns through which the Trail passes: Smyrna, Powder Springs, Hiram, Dallas, Van Wert, Fish Creek, Rockmart, Cedartown, Esom Hill. Or pack a lunch and make a day of it, filling your water bottle at each water stop along the way. Trailside parks with picnic areas dot the 6-mile path from Smyrna to the Georgia/Alabama state line.
Be on the lookout for deer and other wildlife as you make your way through silent forests on this smooth ribbon of 12-foot wide pavement. When the forest gives way to open pasture, delight at the beauty of the green rolling hills, punctuated by small farms and a few curious cows that may watch you pass by.
Two of my favorites - the tunnel at Brushy Mountain Tunnel which stays a cool 67 degrees all summer long and the view from the Pumpkinvine Trestle 126 feet above Pumpkinvine Creek (pictured here).
The Silver Comet Trail is 61.5 miles long and starts at the Mavell Road Trailhead in Smyrna, Georgia and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line near Cedartown and the Esom Hill Trailhead.
At the Georgia/Alabama state line, the Silver Comet Trail connects to the Chief Ladiga Trail. Both the Silver Comet Trail and the Chief Ladiga Trail are fully paved rail-trails built on abandoned railroad lines. Did you know that the Silver Comet once carried train passengers from the northeastern US to Birmingham?
Click here for a link to the Silver Comet Trail map!