7 Landmarks on the Silver Comet Trail

Explore one of the longest paved paths in America, keeping an eye out for these surprising sights.

A rails-to-trails success, Georgia's Silver Comet Trail follows an old rail line for 61 miles from just outside of Atlanta to the Georgia-Alabama state line and continues as the Chief Ladiga Trail. One of the longest paved pathways in the United States, the Silver Comet Trail cuts a scenic route through preserved forests, rural countrysides and historic downtowns. Here are seven Silver Comet Trail sights you don't want to miss!

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    The Silver Comet Trail in Rockmart, Georgia

Highlights along the 61-mile path

Heritage Park – Mableton

Heritage Park in Mableton, Georgia. Photo by Candy Cook

Stop at this park in Mableton to explore an extensive native plant garden, vibrant wetlands and historic mill ruins near Smyrna's Concord Covered Bridge. The Heritage Park boardwalks and trails wind through more than 100 acres of nature preserve along Nickajack Creek.

Wildhorse Trail - Powder Springs

Seven Springs Water Park in Powder Springs, Georgia

A two-mile wooded spur, Wildhorse Trail in Powder Springs leads to a fun Cobb County park that includes Seven Springs Water Park and a BMX bike track. Wildhorse Trail features the largest red maple tree in Georgia and a wildlife observation tower overlooking wetlands, before arriving at Wild Horse Creek Park.

Silver Comet Side Trails – Hiram

Hiram Caboose Trailhead in Hiram, Georgia

Enjoy 18 miles of mountain biking trail, following alongside the Silver Comet Trail, beginning at the Hiram "Caboose" Trailhead. The multi-segmented trail, considered intermediate skill level, features some challenging climbs and technical obstacles.

Pumpkinvine Trestle – Dallas

Pumpkinvine Trestle on the Silver Comet Trail in Dallas, Georgia

This 1901 train trestle, restored in 1999, rises 126 feet and crosses 750 feet over Pumpkinvine Creek in Dallas, Georgia. Less than a mile west of the Rambo Road Trailhead, the trestle marks the gateway to remote areas of the Silver Comet Trail, traversing the 25,000-acre Paulding Wildlife Management Area.

Historic Brushy Mountain Tunnel – Rockmart

Brushy Mountain Tunnel on the Silver Comet Trail in Rockmart, Georgia

At mile marker 33.5, Coot's Lake Beach Trailhead near Rockmart marks the closest parking to historic Brushy Mountain Tunnel. Built in 1912, the massive tunnel runs for 800 feet. This section of trail winds through forest and fields, cutting through hillsides to expose interesting rock formations.

Historic Downtown Rockmart & Riverwalk Park – Rockmart

Silver Comet Trail in Rockmart, Georgia

As the Silver Comet Trail approaches mile marker 37.6, it combines with downtown Rockmart's Riverwalk Park. This curvy section of trail features historic sites, interesting buildings and places to eat.

State Line Gateway

Silver Comet Trail Gateway

Heading west from Cedartown, the Silver Comet Trail travels through its most scenic and rural areas. This quiet stretch reaches State Line Gateway Park near mile marker 61.5. The park's arches highlight the Georgia-Alabama state line, and the trail continues west toward Talledega National Forest as the Chief Ladiga Trail.

Candy Cook is Georgia’s official Outdoor Explorer and the author of the blog “Happy Trails Wild Tales.” Click here for more Outdoor content from Candy.

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