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Old 07-24-09, 09:13 AM   #1
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Silver Comet & Chief Ladiga Trails

I am looking at doing a round trip down the Silver Comet & Chief Ladiga Trails. I will be starting in Atlanta. My question is does any one have any suggestions for where to stay overnight? I was thinking about Rockmart, GA and Anniston, AL.

I would perfer camping over hotel/motel/b&b.

I didn't find anything near the Chief Ladiga Trail without adding too many miles.

I did find the Rock campground in Rockmart.

I did notice Coleman Lake in Taladaga National Forest. If I went this way I would head south just east of Piedmont.

Thanks for any suggestions.

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I haven't done this yet myself, but http://www.neabc.org/ is very involved. There have been a few BF threads on the trail, so a search might be of benefit.
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There may be some helpful info here --> http://www.trailexpress.com/sections.php?trail_id=1
or here --> http://www.trailexpress.com/index.php?trail_id=4
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I am looking at doing a round trip down the Silver Comet & Chief Ladiga Trails. I will be starting in Atlanta. My question is does any one have any suggestions for where to stay overnight? I was thinking about Rockmart, GA and Anniston, AL.

I would perfer camping over hotel/motel/b&b.

I didn't find anything near the Chief Ladiga Trail without adding too many miles.

I did find the Rock campground in Rockmart.

I did notice Coleman Lake in Taladaga National Forest. If I went this way I would head south just east of Piedmont.

Thanks for any suggestions.

Jeff
If memory serves me, to get to Coleman Lake you will have to do some mountain biking. It's a really nice area but you'll need fat tires since the surface is dirt/gravel. It's also very hilly (real mountains) if you go to Coleman Lake from Piedmont.

I think you can camp anywhere in the Talladega National Forest (free) but you only have facilities in the designated camping areas. Here's a number for the forest ranger: 256-463-2272.
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4 day tour

I am planning a 4 day tour this fall, but will be traveling light and staying in motels. Cedartown is about dead center on the route and has lots of motels and restaurants. Planning on staying at the University Inn in Jacksonville, AL just a few miles before the end of the trail at Weaver.

Camping at the Rock is a pretty good midpoint location. If you plan to trailside camp in the Talladaga National Forest, be sure you have a good map of the National Forest so you know for sure you are not camping on private land. National Forest and private land boundaries can be pretty convoluted. Make sure you carry enough water for your overnight.

If you camp, you could stash your outfit, or set up camp and then do any evening ride to the end of the trail and back if you are intent on riding the whole thing.

The other option might be camping at the Rock out and back and staying one night in Jacksonville.

Somebody needs to open up a bicycle oriented campground/hostel with a bike shop in Cedartown. If believe such a business might thrive.
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