About the

Silver Comet Trail

Extending the Silver Comet Trail in Cobb County to the Chattahoochee River

The Cobb County

Silver Comet Rail Trail Extension

Map of the Cobb County Silver Comet Extension pdf

The Vision

The Silver Comet -Atlanta BeltLine Trail Connection

Rail bridge

The Silver Comet is a regionally significant, nationally recognized trail built on abandoned CSX rail with acquisition in 1992, and construction from 1998-2008. Some sections opened as early as 1998 and others later.

It runs 61.5 miles from Smyrna to the Alabama border through beautiful communities and Georgia countryside. Combined with the Chief Ladiga trail in Alabama, it is the longest length of multi-use trail in the country. It accounts for a huge economic impact and is heavily utilized.

Where Railroad meets Comet Trail

According to a recent 2013 study, the existing Silver Comet Trail generates $100 million a year, directly supports 750 jobs, and indirectly creates at least 550 more jobs. Those jobs earn a combined $37 million a year. The study also confirmed that real estate values close to the trail are 4% to 7% higher than the surrounding area, on average, and sometimes as high as 10% higher.

Smyrna residents account for 434,000 uses of the Silver Comet Trail per year – or around 1/4 of the total usage statewide – and therefore a significant amount of the economic impact. We believe that the proposed connection between the Atlanta Beltline and the existing Silver Comet Trail would see even more use than the trail currently experiences in Smyrna.


The Numbers

Miles of Silver Comet Trail
Miles Between the Comet and Beltline
Miles of Atlanta Beltline Trail
What's in

the news

Catch up on the latest updates and find in depth information.

Big Update!! We are back!

The last time you heard from us, we had submitted the petition to the state to complete Connect the Comet and CSX had given the state a portion of the …

Marietta Daily Journal

Work To Begin On The Silver Comet

The Marietta Daily Journal announced that work set to begin on the Silver Comet Trail, connecting it to Atlanta! Work begins November 1. If you recall, the  James M. Cox Foundation …