County Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs Department
Silver Comet Trail
Cobb’s first rails-to-trails project
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Silver Comet Trail bridge sections closed to the public for
repair this winter
Six pedestrian bridges along Cobb County’s 12.8-mile Silver
Comet Trail will be closed to the public this winter while
Cobb County Department of Transportation (CCDOT) crews repair
or replace pedestrian bridge ends over Powder Springs Creek,
Lucille Creek, Noses Creek, Olley Creek, Nickajack Creek and
Cooper Lake Road. The repair work, funded by the 2011 SPLOST,
will result in consecutive closures of each pedestrian bridge
from Jan. to April 2014, resulting in NO ACCESS and NO DETOURS
across the bridges during construction. At the same time the
pedestrian bridge work is being conducted, additional crews
will be improving other areas along the Silver Comet Trail
by repairing fences, drainage systems and grading.
“The repairs will preserve the original historic pedestrian
bridges,” says Faye DiMassimo, Director of Cobb County Department
of Transportation. “Once the work is completed, the pedestrian
bridges will be reopened providing safe access to all who
enjoy using them.”
Cobb County officials strongly advise the public to pay close
attention to all warning signs and stay out of CLOSED construction
zones, as there will be severe drop offs, some as deep as
ten feet, which could cause serious injury or death to anyone
ignoring the posted warnings. Not every area under construction
will be completed closed off to the public. CCDOT officials
warn trail users to slow down when approaching all signs,
and in areas not completely closed, and for bike users, be
prepared to dismount and walk through.
More work will be conducted on the Trail next spring where
a rolling trail closure will occur as the entire Silver Comet
trail is resurfaced. The combined projects will result in
the Cobb County Silver Comet Trail looking like a new trail.
Built between 1890 and 1904, the 61.5-mile Silver Comet Trail
follows the abandoned railroad line once traveled by Silver
Comet train passengers traveling from Atlanta and Birmingham
to New York, Philadelphia and Washington. CCDOT converted
the trail into a scenic 12.8 mile paved multi-use trail in
the 1990’s. The County section of the trail begins in Smyrna
and travels west through southern parts of the County.
Information and project updates will be posted at www.cobbdot.org
or contact the project manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cobb’s section of the Silver Comet Trail is a scenic 12.8-mile
multi-use paved 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
The Silver Comet passenger train was introduced by 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.
As passengers traveled across the countryside, they were treated
to a variety of scenic vistas. Today the rail has been converted
by Cobb Department of Transportation into a multi-use trail
that is designed for use by all. Casual walkers, hikers, joggers,
bicyclists, inline skaters and people with disabilities can
all use the trail and enjoy the same sights once reserved
for the train’s passengers.
Traversing six trestles and bridges, the trail offers spectacular
views and direct access to Heritage Park, a natural park that
includes approximately 105 acres with 14.3 acres of wetland
in four separate sites. Visitors can follow the 1.7-mile walking
trail to the remains of a woolen mill.
The trail will ultimately extend 57 miles through Cobb, Paulding
and Polk counties, and current plans call for this section
to link with other trails and allow direct access between
Atlanta and Birmingham.
trailheads have been constructed offering parking, restrooms,
water fountains and related amenities. The trailheads are
excellent places to access the trail and begin your adventure.
They are open from dawn to dusk. For individuals who reside
close to the trail, it can also be accessed at numerous cross
streets. Nearby residents are encouraged to walk or cycle
to these locations. The trailheads are located:
In a building that used to serve as the old train depot, the
Silver Comet Depot now offers Bicycle/Skate
rentals, accessories and concessions. The Silver Comet Depot
is located at the Floyd Road Trailhead (4342 Floyd Road, Mableton).
Call the Silver Comet Depot at (770) 819-3279 for more information
Safety and Etiquitte
The Silver Comet Trail is one of the top trails in the country.
What was once was used for train travel is now utilized by
casual walkers, hikers, joggers, bicyclists, inline skaters
and people with disabilities. With such a diverse group sharing
the trail, please keep follow these safety tips so your use
of the Silver Comet Trail will be an enjoyable one:
- Be courteous and respectful to other
- Stay on the trail surface.
- Respect the privacy of adjacent landowners.
- Travel in a consistent and predictable
- Keep right as you use the trail.
Pass on the left and give a courteous and audible signal
of your intention to pass.
- Stop, look and yield to traffic at
- Clean up your litter - help keep
the trail clean for others.
- Keep pets leashed.
- No alcohol, or drugs.
- Cyclists and skaters should wear
- Use the buddy system.
- Use the trail only during daylight
a special bicycle unit of the Cobb County Police Department
enhances trail security, visitors are encouraged to use the
buddy system and ride, walk or jog in pairs or groups.
more information regarding the Silver Comet Trail, contact
John Purcell at
Enviromental Education Center
Enviromental Education Center
East Cobb Park
in Cobb Parks
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