We have here about 5 miles of 2 lane paved trail, almost flat. Then starting at Floyd Rd we have unpaved trail for 5 flat miles (which will be paved some day). Then we have more paved flat trail for many many miles. I have heard it continues past Rockmart, and goes through a mountain at one point.
From I 285, take exit 10 which is South Cobb Drive and head North. Drive a couple miles to the East West Connector and turn left. Drive a couple miles until you see a marked parking lot on the left side of the road, this is at an intersection with lights (sorry, can't remember the name of the road). This is one entrance to the trail, there are several. All have signs and designated parking areas.
Summary: I took the route from Silver Comet Connector by Publix in Smyrna to Anniston AL. 96 miles.
1) Start a little before daylight, use your lights so you don't hit people or critters, you want to get out around Dallas as soon as possible to avoid the people traffic that will ensue, be careful, and be prepared for Rangers or Police.
2) Once you're in the country, you will see a lake/pond on your left, at some point soon, that's coot's lake, take a left ahead and get ice, water, whatever you need. Let me repeat that, take a left up ahead and get your needed food and hydration, no time to rest yet.
3) Once you get to Rockmart, you can take a small rest, not much here and the park seems a little neglected.
4) Towrards Cedartown. Here is the hard part, beat these hills, keep moving. Have your essentials, there is no help out here. The uphill by the dump only beats you up for about a 3/4 of a mile or less, tough it out, and look forward to the easeness (way down).
5) You make it to cedar town. Go to reach the welcome depot. No time to shower, but it is time to rest if you are on a mountain bike. Just past the depot, cross the street, turn right, walk passed about 8 businesses and locate a store/restaurant called Southern Flavors. It's good, it's very friendly, bring your bike inside, it's big, fresh, cool. REST. Tip good here as the food is inexpensive and wonderful.
6) You must know this, it is VERY IMPORTANT!! From this trail head, by the depot, is the beginning of the end for a little while. In ten miles, you will be nowhere, LOL. Your cell phone will not work. Welcome to Chief Ladiga.
7) Welcome to Alabama. From Chief Ladiga start to Piedmont (about thirteen miles), you still have none to sketchy cell phone usage, be freakin' prepared. When you reach Piedmont, go to the welcome center, if it's open for ya', get hydration, even powerade, rest abit, don't shower yet, this isn't over. ;)
8) From Piedmont to Jacksonville the trail is bumpy in parts (the small bridges and asphalt is cracking due to roots and heat, not too bad, but noticeable. Keep moving.
9) From Jacksonville, keep following the trail, don't get sidetracked you will strive to reach Anniston. Go take your shower, have someone meet you and your bike. There will be a small sign saying, you have reached the end of the trail, the rest is private propert (what it is is a very busy street, "you're done, go get cold, fresh water!).
1) Don't look for much rescue in Rockmart, the town seems economically devastated in this immediate area, but, it is not at all isolated.
2) When you are in Cedartown, the locals 'will' notice your highend bicycle, be smart, keep it by your side.
3) When you leave Cedartown to Piedmont, keep moving, do not stop and chat with strangers, keep your wits about you, you are basically in the forest, don't let it get to you, think happy thoughts.
4) Stay hydrated, stay fed, do not get hungry. Put ice in your hydration pack to cool you off.
When you reach the end of the trail, try to have your 'ride' waiting for you, not much here to fight the sun that's beating down on you.
This is what I carry with me.
1) suntan lotion already on my person.
2) extra batteries
3) 2 cellphones, it's worth getting a disposable
4) over the counter, tylenol, diarrhea medicine, allergy medicine, bonine (to help with dizziness or panic attacks)
5) a small 'legal' pocket knife, folds under three inches
6a) know how to use your tools
7) chain lube
8) put electronics and wallet items in plastic baggies (rain)
9) extra tube
10) wear a helmet, it will help keep you head cool
11) wear gloves, have good grips
12) whatever else that comes to mind as an essential/necessity that I am not reminding 'YOU' of.
DO NOT DEHYDRATE
DO NOT DEHYDRATE
DO NOT DEHYDRATE
DO NOT DEHYDRATE
DO NOT DEHYDRATE
Please be a strong rider, and only go this distance for yourself, don't prove anything to anybody.
Yeah, I did this alone.
PS: don't let the road bikers get to ya', that's a different machine. Less road surface, less weight, blah blah blah. They mean well, but you've got the hard part. Be strong!!
Recommended Route: Just start, just peddle, just go........
Review Date July 28, 2012
Overall Rating 5 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 5 of 5
Technical Difficulty 2 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a year
Reviewed by: loner's woes
Cross Country Rider
Summary: from atlanta to cedartown:
raw information -
1) start at silvercomet at southcobb drive (bicycle paths from atlanta to the trail can be hazardous, trust me)
2) use urban friendly tires, i use haro twin rails, you might prefer going smoother/slimmer still.
3) the bike shop near the beginning of the trail doesn't open until 10:30 am (it will be the only game in town, so bring what you need, tools/supplies/know how. Rockmart does not have a bike shop, the local hardware store may have something you can use, otherwise walmart is about 2.5 miles away. Cedartown has a mobile bike guy, Wayne Davis, really cool unusual sort, he may have some supplies, some know how. He runs a makeshift bike rental business).
4) from mansell rd (south cobb drive) to rockmart is easy, just peddle and occasionally say hello to people.
5)THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! From Rockmart to Cedartown. Welcome to hills, hills, and more hills! I am not kidding. Don't be spent before leaving Rockmart. Be rested or rejuvinated, have water, have food/snacks, emergency measures (cell phone - charged), you have made it to the country. (I had five miles to go, left rockmart starving and found myself in a bit of trouble. I made it thru. but I was exhausted).
6) If you want a hotel, go about 3 miles to the Holiday Inn Express, Mtn Bikers get charged less. It's still expensive but very nice diggs (I say). It cost 92 dollars total, it was worth it to me. There was another hotel nearby, but it wasn't for me, it's 30 dollars less. I would avoid the 'cheapie' motel, 'don't look good'.
I pulled 67 miles total on my lil mtb. The last five were terrible due to hunger that moved on to 'troubles'. "Don't get stuck out here, it's just you and beautiful country. No water, no food, no maintenance. So.......
I had intended round trip to Anniston but my bike fell and killed my rear hydraullic brake, and I was exhausted because I did not eat when I was very, very hungry and was unfamiliar with what was NOT ahead (restaurant, any convenience store - I asked a lady hanging laundry if she would sell me a sandwich for 10 bucks, LOL, it was that bad...).
Just don't stop peddling and you should be good, and please be prepared!!!
Recommended Route: South Cobb Drive Entry to Cedartown
Other recommended trails in the same area: Stone Mountain, from the city, paved trail available, intermittent with roads. Nice.
Summary: I am adding to my previous review. We have extended our work from the Florence Road Trailhead to the 23 mile marker. Of this 12 mile stretch, over 10 miles is in the dirt. The farther West you go, the tougher the hills get. Several will require a Spiderman position on the bike. Be careful on the downhills until you are familiar with the trails, several of the creek bottoms require some technical skills. More updates later
Recommended Route: Start at Rambo's Nursery, ride to the Pumkinvine Tressel on the SCT then exit left onto the MTB sextion of the trail. An out and back will be 25 miles in about 3 hours.
Summary: The Silver Comet starts at Smyrna and Runs past Rockmart then is adjoined to hwy278 via a bike lane that takes you to Cedartown to resume the railtrail section then on to Alabama. Counting the hwy section, this puts the trail at 61 miles long.
The GOOD news is that the Pathfoundation is letting some local cyclists develop the equestrian trail that runs along side of the Silver Comet as single track. The sections that we are working on will start at the 13 mile marker to the 23 mile marker. Of this 10 mile section, 8 or more of it will be in the dirt. There are technical sections, mainly near creek bottoms. As far as climbing, it ranges from easy to impossible. There is one Hike a Bike so far near the treatment plant, you will know it when you get to it. We will have 90% of the work done by the end of February, 2006.
If they eventually allow us to develop a single track on the northside, this will be great out and back.
Review Date January 4, 2004
Overall Rating 4 of 5
Aerobic Difficulty 2 of 5
Technical Difficulty 2 of 5
Ridden Trail: Once a week
Reviewed by: preyden
Summary: This ride is great for myself and my 11 year old son. We've experienced a good crew of walkers, riders and bladers that observe etiquette and respect eachother on the trail. The trail itself is quite true and even, with gentle inclines. It is well sign posted, clean & maintained, has sufficient breakstops, restrooms, and the depot is well placed for hire and repairs.
I would like to see more water outlets onlong the trail.
We travelled from Dekalb county to ride this excellent trail, so thanks to all the rate payers in Cobb !!!!