I've contacted the authorities about that. ", "Our very first ride on 'The Chief' was great. I've ridden a number of rail trails and the Chief Ladiga is the best yet. Can't wait until the Silver Comet's open all the way to HOTLANTA!!! We started at Piedmont trailhead the first day and spent the night at the campground. The trail only has slight inclines, so no big hills to climb and overall the trail is well kept. I thought the Silver Comet was complete, but it wasn't. Some vistas could be improved by clearing underbrush which would allow viewing of surrounding area. Definately glad I picked up that riding buddy on the way back! Completely safe. On our 50th wedding anniversary trip from Michigan to Gulf Shores we stopped at Piedmont and rode the Chief Ladiga trail The trails were very well maintained and until we got very close to Smyrna, we pretty much had the trail to ourselves. We seem to impress all the cyclists we encounter out there as we match or even exceed their speeds. Then just down the street we found Struts where we celebrated completing our trails with great wings and beer. Enjoy the push. My two boys and I will remember the experience for the rest of our lives. If you prefer your walk in solitude, then this trail is not what you're looking for. With 33 miles ahead of us an early start was necessary to allow enough time (10-11 hrs) to finish the trail before sunset that evening. Just north of Piedmont, Alabama it intersects with the Pinhoti Trail which is a spur of the longest walking path in America - the famous Appalachian Trail. Quickly cleaned up and drove to Frankies in Rockmart for lunch. Starting out was cool and slightly breezy heading through Weaver and into Jacksonville. Trail map of the Chief Ladiga Trail from Holley Farm Road and Weaver Road (Anniston) to Alabama/Georgia state line. The section from Piedmont on is really beautiful, lots of water and trees, etc., and very few people (though the Georgia riders coming the other way started passing by). The two are expected to be joined after the Cleburne County section is completed. We loaded up the car and headed back to Coot's Lake Beach trailhead made some pics at the trailhead said our goodbyes to our driver and headed toward Smyrna, GA since we had not made our destination the day before we had approximately 33 miles to ride to reach our destination. more. ), Drove to Jacksonville a few weeks ago and parked at community center, then biked to Piedmont - a lovely ride with plenty of shade on a warm Saturday. Also, if you wish to go further, the trail becomes the Silver Comet Trail at the state line, extending on into Georgia. Then you pass over a beautiful bridge with Terrapin Creek below, great place to take pictures. And best of all, the entire valley is surrounded by the Talladega National Forest. The kids were out of school so we went on a Tuesday. Started in Piedmont AL and the parking was the best; clearly marked lot right behind the police station! These bumps are difficult to see in the shaded portions of the trail. A paved recreational trail, it follows the bed of the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad. Great trail for first time long distance bikers like myself. Benches are few and far between. The Chief Ladiga Trail is a rails to trails greenway that extends 32.5 miles the Georgia state line to Weaver, Alabama. The scenery is great and smooth surface. 21 about 8 miles and then turn left on Weaver Rd. Even though it is some distance from where I live, Ladiga/Silver comet is now my favorite riding place. No cars to share the road with here. Concrete has been poured and guardrails are starting to be installed. If you are a resident of another country or region, please select the appropriate version of Tripadvisor for your country or region in the drop-down menu. The trail was well kept and a pleasure to ride. The Eubanks Wecome Center is a gem, the volunteers are very helpful, nice rest facility and actually got a Ladiga trail map that was very complete, maybeTrailLink can post it. The countryside is very beautiful and makes for a pleasant ride. The Piedmont/Eubanks Welcome Center is a must stop, get a cool bottle of water or coke, T-shirt, map, use the restroom and even shower. Northern Terminus 32.5 / 0.0 ~ State Line / Gateway Park 25.9 / 6.6 ~ PINHOTI TRAIL / Section 12 ~ Mile 7.9 18.9 / 13.6 ~ Eubanks Welcome Center The entire trail is paved and follows the bed of the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad. The trail to Jacksonville is less woodsy, hillier and more populated but still very nice. It is wonderful! "If you use the Hardees as a reference point to turn off of H'way 21, as I used to, it's closed. ( some chief ladiga trail roots have rumpled the ashphalt in places ), but my... 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