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Silver Comet Trail-Paulding County - Paulding County

13 miles northwest of Atlanta is the Silver Comet Trail. It travels west through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk counties and is 61.5 miles long. The Silver Comet starts in Smyrna, Georgia and ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line near Cedartown and the Esom Hill Trailhead. As the trail crosses into Alabama, it connects with the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail. The combined length of the Silver Comet and the Chief Ladiga Trails is approximately, 94.5 paved miles, which ends in Anniston, Alabama. Both trails are fully paved rail-trails, meaning they were built on abandoned railroad tracks.

The Silver Comet Trail is quiet, non-motorized, and paved for walkers, hikers, bikers, rollerblades, equestrians, and wheelchair accessibility. It runs along Highway 278 and has 21 Trailheads.

The Paulding County section of the Silver Comet Trail travels through Hiram, running behind the Paulding Chamber of Commerce in Dallas, through remote areas in the Paulding Wildlife Management Area, and then heads west near Braswell. At this point it crosses into Polk County.

The trail is open from dawn to dusk and is lightly patrolled. Be aware of your surroundings, the distance traveled on the trail, and follow common safety practices before and after entering the trail.

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