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The Silver Comet Trail
Looking for information about the Silver Comet Trail? This page should help! The Silver Comet Trail is a public paved running, biking and skating path that starts near South Cobb Drive (it is easy to find; on the west side of Atlanta, just off I-285, about 4 miles south of Cobb Parkway / Cumberland Mall area). You will find a map at the bottom of this page. It was made by tearing up an old railroad line and paving it. Cobb's section of the Silver Comet Trail is a scenic 12.8 mile paved multi-use trail that begins in Smyrna and travels west through southern parts of the County. The trail follows the abandoned railroad line once traveled by the Silver Comet passenger train.
The Silver Comet train was
introduced by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1947. Originally fitted with an
observation car and sleep lounge cars, it carried passengers through southern
cities like Atlanta and Birmingham to destinations in the north such as New
York, Philadelphia, and Washington.
In Cobb & Paulding Counties construction is complete on the Silver Comet Trail. Many sections in Polk county are now complete. Thanks go to many people including Senator Nathan Dean and Alicia Soriano but most of all to the PATH foundation. The once railroad line has become a first rate trail, although paved. Ultimately, it will extend 57 miles! Starting at Mavell Road It will connect Powder Springs, Dallas, Rockmart, Cedartown , and end at the Alabama border. This is an expensive but exciting proposition, $13.5 million.
Parking: Many places along the trial including; the trail head at Mavell Rd., Fontaine Rd. at East-West Connector, Cooper Lake Rd. north at Derby Lane (etc.).
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