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The 33-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama's premier rail-trail. It is located in Cleburne and Calhoun counties, in east-central Alabama. The smooth asphalt surface travels through the Tallegeda National Forest, and connects to Georgia's Silver Comet Trail to the east (near Cedartown and Esom Hill).

The Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet travel 94.5 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.

Currently Chief Ladiga ends in northern Anniston. Plans are underway to extend the trail an additional 7 miles into Anniston, allowing a possible train return route to Atlanta using Amtrak.

For the latest news, click on the Anniston Star Article Search link below, and enter Chief Ladiga Trail into the search box. The Anniston Star has good information on the Chief Ladiga.

Both the Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet are:
  • Free
  • Paved
  • Built on abandoned rail lines
  • Rail-trail projects
For additional information, please visit:
Mountain view from Chief Ladiga
Calhoun County, Alabama