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Silver Comet and Chief Ladiga Trails

Newly added to my bucket list of ‘Must Do’ rides is the longest paved trail in America.  Well, really it’s two trails that connect. 

The Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet travel over 100 miles when combined, and form the longest paved trail in America. Both trails are non-motorized and are great for walking, bicycling, rollerblading, hiking and dog walking. From east to west, Chief Ladiga passes through several cities in Alabama: Piedmont, Jacksonville, Weaver, and Anniston.

Here’s the link: SilverComet

It sounds as if the only challenge to this ride will be dodging dog walkers and roller bladers. The trail-head lies on the outskirts of Atlanta, and it just so happens that my wife has business in the city in March. I may hitch a ride.


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  1. January 30, 2011 at 12:01 pm

    Be aware Jack, on the website you referred to at the top under INFO and then GOOD IDEAS number 4 you are cautioned to never travel after dark or alone and to carry protection.


  2. The Velo Hobo
    January 30, 2011 at 1:32 pm

    I guess I should do a post on Ultralight Touring Pistols.

  3. January 30, 2011 at 11:15 pm

    At last year’s Blue Ridge Breakaway, I rode beside a dude from near Asheville. He was on a unicycle. We were riding in the rain on the final leg of the BRB from Clyde to Lake Junaluska. He was telling me about having ridden this 100 mile ride you listed on his unicycle. That fellow had one helluva set of abdominal muscles! Instead of a 6 pack, I think he had a full case! 🙂 Really, really nice guy to boot!

    – Zeke

    • The Velo Hobo
      January 31, 2011 at 5:38 pm

      Don’t ya hate that? I’ve done a couple of rides that I thought were pretty challenging and looked over and some guy on a unicycle is just tooling along. If I ever get passed by a unicycle, I’m giving up cycling.

      That guy didn’t do the Parkway section did he?

  4. David Tate
    January 31, 2011 at 7:11 am

    I did this ride in May 2010. We did it in two days, stopped for the night near Cedartown and stayed at a B&B in Cavesprings. There is on section, between Rockmart & Cedartown that has a few short steep climbs, the rest in on grade. Chief Ladiga from the state line to Piedmont was one of the most scenic sections.

    • The Velo Hobo
      January 31, 2011 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks for the info David. I was thinking of doing it in two days as well…a couple of back to back centuries and stealth camp somewhere along the way. I live about three hours North of Atlanta. Of couse this all depends on how fast I recover from my knee repair. Jack

      • David Tate
        February 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

        Steath camping may be somewhat difficult to do, except for the section around the state line. Much of the trail seems to be surrounded by development or is close to major roads. The section between Dallas & Rockmart has some nice wooded areas & between Rockmart & Cedartown, there is a designated bike camping area(although it was closed last May).
        I live in Canton, my wife and I have done some overnight light touring from home to Hot Springs & Sylva. A traditional January ride of our’s has been to ride from Balsam/or Sylva to Bryson City for lunch at Mountain Perks and back to celebrate mine and a friend’s January birthdays. (Birthday ride rule…you have to ride your years in miles for the ride to count as a birthday ride.

  5. The Velo Hobo
    February 5, 2011 at 10:10 am

    “designated bike camping area” sounds like the place to bed down. I’ve also googled a campground in Alabama with access to the trail.

    Mountain Perk is a nice place. We have a new coffee/wine shop, the Cork & Bean…also cool is our new brewery’s tasting room.

    Thanks for the info. Jack

  6. Michael King
    February 8, 2011 at 2:30 pm

    A friend and I did the GA to AL section in two days and loved it. We stayed at The Holiday Inn Express in Cedartown. It was a great two days. 🙂

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