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Piedmont, Alabama, United States

Chief Ladiga Trail

"Sweet Home Alabama" is home to this charming southern trail that connects to Georgia's Silver Comet Trail.

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Difficulty: Easy
Length: 33 miles / 52 km
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly • Dog Friendly
 
Overview: The 33 mile, paved Chief Ladiga (pronounce w/ a long i) Trail is wonderful. The 100 mile combination of the Silver Comet Trail and Chief Ladiga Trail is reputed to be the longest continual non-motorized path in the country.
It's amazing how much is packed into this 33 mile trail as it wanders through forests, wetlands, hills, a university campus, and Alabama towns. Very few other trails jam so much diversity into such a short distance. And it is so easy to take it all in.
For example, the trail itself is nicely paved from the trailhead near Anniston to the Alabama/Georgia state line. It is an inviting trail for travelers of all types including inline skaters, bikers, recumbent riders, wheelchair users, hikers, and even equestrians (in the Cleburn County section).
Although most people explore the trail for its own natural beauty, others use it as a way to reach the Pinhota (hiker) Trail, to view the beautiful Jacksonville State University campus, or as a way to reach Georgia's Silver Comet Trail and eventually all the way to Atlanta Georgia.
As with all trails, the Chief Ladiga is populated with friendly, happy people. But the Chief Ladiga has a big advantage, and it's called the Eubanks Welcome Center. Located in Piedmont, Alabama, the Welcome Center is your one-stop location for trail maps, souvenir t-shirts, trail information, and the camaraderie of the staff and other trail users. It is one of the friendliest, most helpful trail centers in the United States.
Enjoy the southern climate, the laid-back pace, the fresh air, the refreshing exercise, or the trail companionship. But don't miss an opportunity to experience Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail.


Tips: - By combining the Chief Ladiga and Silver Comet Trails, you get nearly 100 miles of paved trail from Atlanta, Georgia to Anniston, Alabama.
- Horses permitted in Cleburn County portion of trail only.
- Walkers have the right of way on the trail.
- Safety helmets are required for all bikers and skaters.
- All pets must be on a leash, under control, and cleaned up after.

Points of Interest

Junction
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Georgia/Alabama State Line

This is where Georgia's Silver Comet Trail ends and Alabama's Chief Ladiga Trail begins. Or is it the other way around?
It depends where you start.
Animals/Wildlife
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Equestrian trail

A horse trail is available from the state line to the Cleburn County line.
Junction
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Trail intersections

In this portion of the Chief Ladiga rail-trail, you will also find the Chief Ladiga Walking Trail and the Pinhoti Trail. These are hiking trails that come off of the main trail.
The Pinhoti Trail (see picture) junction is 1/10 of a mile before mile marker 7.0.
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Piedmont and Eubanks Welcome Center

If they're open, you have to stop at the Eubanks Welcome Center/Trail Office. Finally, there's a place for trail lovers to congregate, get trail information, & buy a souvenir trail t-shirt. And the people that work/volunteer at the center are incredibly helpful & friendly.
It's easy to find because it's right beside the trail, it has a clear sign, & there are usually a plethora of bikers gathered around outside.
I recommend you stop here, buy a t-shirt, make a donation, and chat with like-minded folks.
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Helpful Information Signs

Near this point on the trail, you will see a sign that tells you about Dugger Mountain. There are numerous such helpful and informative signs along the Chief Ladiga Trail.
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Jacksonville State University

The Chief Ladiga Trail runs right beside Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama. It is a pretty campus and has a side trail that allows trail users to make a short detour onto an open area on the university grounds. Be careful as you cross Nisbet St. NW as it is a fairly busy road during some parts of the day.
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trailhead

You will find a large parking area with restrooms at this spot. If you are starting your Chief Ladiga/Silver Comet journey from the Alabama (western) terminus, this is it, for now. There is talk of extending the trail westward from here, but for now...
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beautiful trail

This trail is a beautiful trail that is family friendly, wheelchair accessible, and quite useful for all sorts of human-powered transportation.
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