This past weekend we took the boys to the Silver Comet Trail to ride bikes. The Silver Comet Trail is located 13 miles northwest of Atlanta. It’s free of charge, and travels west through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk counties. This quiet, non-motorized trail is for walkers, hikers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, dog walkers, and is wheelchair accessible – which means it’s perfect for strollers too.
The Trail is over 61 miles long, and starts near Mavell Road in Smyrna, Georgia. It ends at the Georgia/Alabama state line, near Cedartown and Esom.
At the Georgia/Alabama state line, the Silver Comet connects to the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail. Both the Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga are fully paved rail-trails built on abandoned railroad lines. The combined Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga trail length is estimated to be over 100 paved miles from Smyrna, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama.
Silver Comet Trail: Floyd Road Trail Head
We went to the Floyd Road trail head because they have a bike rental shop. There is ample free parking and the ride is wooded providing shade from the sun. If you go south, you’ll hit a covered bridge and a couple of other bridges that take you over the highway, which is kinda fun.
Concord Covered Bridge District
A few hundred years south of the Silver Comet Trail is the historic Concord Covered Bridge. This bridge is open to vehicular traffic and has the highest traffic count of all the covered bridge in the state combined. For that reason alone, I wouldn’t recommend biking or walking through it, you can enjoy going through a covered bridge along the Silver Comet Trail a lot more safely. However, it may be worth getting off your bike and just taking a look from a safe distance.
The Concord Bridge was built in 1872 and goes over Nickajack Creek. While you are taking a break from Silver Comet Trail, this area also has remnants of Ruff’s Mill, the site of a Civil War battle. The ruins of the dam can still be seen upstream from the bridge, as well as parts of the grist mill.