Bike along a fully paved rail-trail built along abandoned railway lines. You can even bike 61.5 miles of it, if you were so inclined. We, however, opted for an 8-mile bike ride.
The Silver Comet was a passenger train introduced by the Seaboard Air Line Railroad in 1947 and ran until 1969. By 1989 36 miles of the former Silver Comet route had been abandoned by the railway from Cobb County through Paulding and Polk. In 1998, Cobb County and the Georgia DOT turned the railway into a multi-use trail. At the Georgia/Alabama state line, the Silver Comet Trail connects to the 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail, creating 94.5 miles of paved trail perfect for runners, walkers, bikers, and rollerbladers .
We rented bikes at Silver Comet Cycles, near mile market 4 on the trail. From there, we biked east ending at the Mavell Road trailhead, the official start of the Silver Comet Trail, before doubling back. This is an easy bike through the back ends of neighborhoods, through the Cobb Covered Bridge Historic District, through a tunnel, and over bridges spanning the highway and creeks.
Along the 61.5 miles of trail are 17 wheelchair-accessible access points, 15 restrooms, 10 water fountains, and a variety of trail-side services.
Have you biked the Silver Comet Trail? Let me know in the comments!