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The Silver Comet Trail

The Silver Comet Trail is a paved 61.5-mile trail that runs from Smyrna in Cobb County to central Alabama. There, it connects to the 33-mile Chief Ladiga Trail, forming the longest length of multi-use trail in the country.

The Silver Comet Trail was built over the abandoned tracks for Seaboard Air Line Railroad, whose Silver Comet passenger train ran from 1947-1969. Today, the Silver Comet Trail integrates that history into the surrounding scenery, beautiful communities and modern trailside services. It has become a popular destination for walking, biking and horseback riding, generating nearly 2 million users and $100 million for the region each year.

The Paulding County section of the Silver Comet Trail is 20 miles long and travels through Hiram, Dallas and remote areas in the Paulding Wildlife Management Area. Visitors can access it from the trailheads at the Hiram Caboose, Paulding Chamber of Commerce, Tara Drummond Park, Rambo Road Nursery and Coot’s Lake, which is just inside Polk County.

To the west, trail users can connect to Rockmart’s historic downtown and Riverwalk Park, in addition to Cedartown and the State Line Gateway section of the trail. And to the east, exciting plans are in place to build a trail extension—the Silver Comet Connector. It will integrate into existing trails in Cobb and Fulton Counties and connect the eastern end of the Silver Comet Trail in Smyrna to downtown Atlanta and the Atlanta Beltline.

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