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Silver Comet Trail

Average Rating:    (3.57 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 7

38 miles of trail along the Silver Comet rail bed.
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Latitude
33.99787605036319
Longitude
-85.05295515060425
Trail Directions
Along Hwy. 278 west from Atlanta to current trail end in Rockmart, Georgia. Begins (or ends) in Smyrna, Georgia and will eventually extend into Alabama and hook up with the Chief Ladiga Trail.
Trail Length
38 miles and building
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Paved Path
City/County
Rockmart
   


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Review Date
May 30, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: David Land II , from Atlanta, GA

Summary:
On the ride from Rockmart to Smyrna, the trail was very friendly, some odd bikes to be encountered, lots of friendly talk and motivation to keep pedaling. Now, if I would have ridden the trail at night, which I didn't, because it's closed at night, it probably would have been somthing like this, (I think):) ->->->->-> I started at 1;30 in the morning, my light system was modest but sufficient, there was mist and fog from the day cooling off. From the get go,darkness was pervassive, and the immediate directive which would dictate the length of the trail was pedal, pedal, pedal, and get used to pedaling. Don't look at the mile markers or you'll cry! Wait for the adrenaline rush then get off on the Georgia wooded night. Lots of rabbits and hares come out for quick jaunts. Big dear scatter away, and eventually some gnarly dogs that you have to stand up to. (Start smyrna to rockmart). The deeper you go , the darker it gets, and the feeling of isolation kicks in so your survival instinct just comes alive. The tunnels I eventually found were well lit, there is one large one where you can sit and eat your energy bar and maybe have a one on one with God-maybe. The nite will play tricks on your mind so stay sharp and focused. It takes a little over 3 hours and a moderate clip with breaks. If this would have happened, it would have been the most wonderful, exhillerating experience of my 37 years. You might even meet two huge farm animals in Hiram, pigs-yea, I guessed they'd been eating donuts, unusually, they were very territorial and acted somewhat like tolls, so, I was quite and inconspicuos at further crossings, it was odd thou, I seemed to have trouble with my lights at the crossings, they'd cut off! Snacks, water, excuses and explanations.

But, back to reality, the "actual" dayride that did take place!, I saw plenty of side trails, plenty!!

Recommended Route:
Smyrna to Rockmart or vice/versa. From smyrna, from 285 go to Cooperlake; or on bus, hook up at arts center station, take the 10 bus to cumberland mall and take the 20 bus to south cobb dr and turn left ( on your bike till you find cooper lake on your right. Becareful, Cobb County motorists are NOT watching out for you. Belive it or not, as a night rider, Atlanta motorists are much more accostumed to seeing cyclists (trust me).

Other recommended trails in the same area:
As you ride, look around you, do notice the no tresspassing signs in several spots, and your friendly law officer riding around on a golf car, (wave to him and smile).



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Review Date
May 26, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

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Reviewed by: Hacker Hellstorm , from Snellville, GA

Summary:
Only attempt this trail on a weekday! It is well worth the drive to start at the Rockmart end. Early in the morning it is very cool and there is lots of shade. Depending on how far you go, you get to ride through the Brushy Mt. Tunnel (pretty cool but had lots of muddy water inside...sweet!! ;) and over the Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle. Be prepared to pedal the entire time. I rode about 21 miles out and only saw one good downhill. This is an old railroad grade, so any uphill or downhill runs are very gradual. Make sure you bring plenty of water!! (there is a pipe spring near the brushy mt. tunnel, but that's about it)

Recommended Route:
Start at the Rockmart end.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Yellow River, Tallulah Gorge



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Review Date
April 7, 2003

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Bentrider , from Douglasville, GA

Summary:
I have been riding the paved trail on my recumbent for years now. I give it high regards. Now that I have a MTB, I have started to pay more attention to the "hidden" side trails. There are a few miles of horse trails along the side of the paved trail. There are a few miles of trail starting at Hiram. From what I can see, it is fairly steep, but not too technical. There appears to be a few illegally dumped trash piles (old washer & dryer) on part of the trail. Some of the trails are connected by the paved sections. I will post a comment once I get back on the trail on my MTB.

Recommended Route:
Anything west of Cobb County is free of most of the complaints written about the trail.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Clinton Nature Preserve (Douglas County)



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Review Date
March 24, 2003

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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5.00 of 5, 1.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Thomas , from Atlanta, GA

Summary:
Where does a bicyclist have the right away? Don't say on the roads because that is just plain stupid. The answer is nowhere. On the silver comet trail, and other trails like it, bicyclists should have the right away. Cars can have the roads, pedestrians can have the sidewalks and the bicyclists should have the trails like silver comet. I am speaking of right away, not sole use of.

Recommended Route:
Start your ride at about the 11 to 12 mile marker and head west. To start at the 0.0 mile mark is just an exercise in futility and frustration as you slow, dodge and weave through all the meandering cattle.



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Review Date
September 8, 2002

Overall Rating
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: Jen , from E. Cobb

Summary:
Too many strollers and tricycles and people who don't realize that you are supposed to stay to the RIGHT of the center line. If you're going to go, go EARLY in the morning. Then it's only the joggers that you have to contend with :-)

Recommended Route:
Start at Mavell Road (by Nickajack Elementary) if you want to ride the trail from start to finish.



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