Located in Cleburne and Calhoun counties in east-central Alabama, the 34-mile long Chief Ladiga Trail is Alabama's premier rail-trail. Heading east, it connects to the Silver Comet Trail at the Georgia state line near the Esom Hill Trailhead. Heading west, the smooth asphalt surface winds its way deep into the lush Tallegeda National Forest and travels through several cities in Alabama including Piedmont, Jacksonville, Weaver, and Anniston.
When combined, the Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet are impressive. They provide over 95-miles of continuous, non-motorized, paved surface that is great for walking, bicycling, rollerblading, and dog walking. Together, both trails form one of the longest paved trails in the United States.
The Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet are:
- Built on abandoned rail lines
- Rail-trail projects
Currently, the Chief Ladiga ends in northern Anniston at Mike Tucker Park, but work is underway to extend the trail an additional 6.5 miles to the Amtrak station located in Anniston. The tentative completion date is in October 2024.
Plans are progressing to expand the facilities at Mike Tucker Park and make the Amtrak station bike friendly. Amtrak plans to allow a return train route to Atlanta and other cities along the Amtrak line. Before using Amtrak, check first to confirm that both the departure and destination Amtrak stations accommodate bicycles. The Amtrak station will be near both the Coldwater Mountain Bike Trail and future Chief Ladiga trailheads.
For the latest news, click on the Anniston Star link below and enter Chief Ladiga Trail into the search box (search icon top right).
For additional information, please visit:
- Anniston Star - Enter Chief Ladiga into the search box
- Chief Ladiga - TrailLink.com, with an interactive trailhead Google map and user reviews
- Piedmont Alabama - Eubanks Welcome Center on the Chief Ladiga, friendly, can call, lodging info
- Chief Ladiga Trail Map and Silver Comet, useful interactive Google Map
- Chief Ladiga Trail Campground, near Piedmont,AL 256-282-2370