County Parks, Recreation, Cultural Affairs Department
Silver Comet Trail
Cobb’s first rails-to-trails project
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of Silver Comet Trail; Closures Planned
2011 Special Local Option Sales Tax provided funds being
used to make major improvements around Cobb County and its
six cities. For example, Cobb Department of Transportation
staff is coordinating a resurfacing effort for the entire
Cobb portion of the Silver Comet Trail, funded by SPLOST.
is expected to begin June 2nd and run through August 29th.
The 12.8 mile trail will be repaired and resurfaced in four
sections. Each two to four mile long section will be closed
to all traffic for approximately three weeks. Work will
included pavement repair, resurfacing, restriping and shoulder
restoration. All closure dates below are subject to change:
Section one, Monday, June 2-Friday,
June 20 (between Mavell Road and Floyd Road)
Section two, Monday June 23-Friday,
July 11 (between Floyd Rd and Anderson Farm Rd)
Section three, Monday, July 14-Friday,
August 1 (between Anderson Farm Road and Old Lost Mountain
Section four, Monday, August 4-Friday,
August 22 (between Old Lost Mountain Road and the Paulding
Resurfacing activities are only scheduled Mondays through
Fridays, and some work is scheduled at night. The entire trail
will be open for use on weekends and holidays. Each section
will be completely finished and opened before the next section
is started and closed. For more information about the project,
visit the DOT
. For more information on the 2011 SPLOST and its
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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