The Silver Comet Trail is built on an abandoned rail line, once owned by Seaboard Airline Railroad. The Trail is proudly named after the shiny, silver passenger train which traveled along this route from May, 1947 until April, 1969, carrying passengers and mail between New York and Birmingham.
The eastbound Comet ran from Atlanta, making stops at Rockmart and Cedartown, before reaching Birmingham. Many west Georgians remember the excitement of embarking on a journey to the big city aboard the sleek, silver train. The Silver Comet was the link to sophistication for many small southern towns for over twenty years.
This spirit is alive today as the Silver Comet Trail provides thrills and excitement for cyclists and hikers who venture between these same cities.
The goal for the Silver Comet Trail is to start at Mount Paran Road in Atlanta and continue to the Alabama state line where it will connect with the Chief Ladiga Trail and Anniston, Alabama. The resulting trail will be over 101 miles long.