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Silver Comet Trail-Polk County - Silver Comet Trail-Polk 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 original rail line dates to 1897, and the trail’s namesake – the  Silver Comet Passenger service – ran  from 1947 to 1969. Abandoned in 1989, the rail line was purchased by the Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT). Construction started in 1998, and the trail was completed in 2008.

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