Thursday, September 11, 2008

Silver Comet Trail Completed

A dream that began more than a decade ago has been realized with the pouring of the last yards of concrete to join sections of the Silver Comet Trail between Rockmart and Cedartown, linking Smyrna with Anniston on a 95.5 mile trail.

A grand opening will take place at the Georgia-Alabama state line on Sept. 27.

The idea for the trail began almost two decades ago. Soon after a rail line 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.

The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) purchased the right-of-way as a potential commuter rail corridor and agreed to its use as a trail. which is 17 miles longer than the next longest bike path in the country, which is in Idaho.

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