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Hike, Bike, Or Skate To The Alabama Border On Atlanta’s Epic Silver Comet Trail

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Hike, Bike, Or Skate To The Alabama Border On Atlanta’s Epic Silver Comet Trail

This monumental hike from Atlanta will lead you all the way to Alabama!

There are so many incredible hiking trails in Atlanta and its surrounding areas. One that stands out above the rest is the Silver Comet Trail.

Soon after it was abandoned in 1989, various advocacy groups, elected officials, and individuals developed the concept of converting the railroad through Cobb, Paulding, and Polk Counties into a biking and jogging trail.

Credit: Kmvl11, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Thankfully, the PATH Foundation helped formulate a partnership between GDOT, Georgia State Parks, and all three counties that encompass the trail. PATH help maintain and trails across Atlanta. The trails enhance community spirit and bring neighborhoods together. Each day, thousands of joggers, walkers, bikers and skaters from all walks of life escape the roads and hit the trails for travel and recreation.

Their Silver Comet trail is a gorgeous option if you’re looking for an epic hiking vacation, or just a day out in nature! The trail is now complete to the Georgia/Alabama state line, providing a 95.5-mile-long continuous trail from Atlanta to Anniston.

Credit: Billy F Blume Jr via Shutterstock

Local roller skating icon Josh [ @therollergay ] believes that the SCT is a great asset to Atlantans. He told us it’s “amazing because it extends all the way to Alabama. It’s got a pretty flat terrain for skating and other rolling activities. It’s surrounded by canopies of trees and little nature gems.”

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He also confirmed that the parking spots at various mile markers on the trail make it super convenient to escape the hustle and bustle of Atlanta. He added. “The fresh air and gorgeous views benefit my mental health the most, while getting some physical exercise, or just a stroll with the dogs.”

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Imagine taking a family bike ride through the north Georgian countryside, crossing a 500-foot-long trestle above a rushing river. You could skate with your friends through the enchanting forestland, escaping the noise of the city, even if it’s for a couple of hours.

So what are you waiting for Atlanta? If the sun is shining and you fancy experiencing some stunning nature scenes in Georgia, then the Silver Comet Trail is definitely worth checking out.

[Featured Image: PATH Foundation]