|Location||Paved rail-trail within the city limits of Piedmont in east-central Alabama.|
|Length||3.80 Miles / 6.12 Km||Loop Trail?||No|
|Allowed Uses||Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
|Agency||City, Town, or County|
|Entry Fee?||No||Parking Fee?||No|
Piedmont is home to the Chief Ladiga Trail. The Chief Ladiga Trail is a recreational trail where the former Seaboard/CSX Railroad was the first “Rails to Trails” in Alabama and the 500th nationally converted into a recreational bike and walking trail and goes through 4 cities and 2 counties before reaching the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia. The Chief Ladiga Trail and the Silver Comet Trail stretching more than 100 miles from Anniston, AL to Atlanta, GA marks it as being the longest paved trail in the United States.
The Chief Ladiga Trail began in 1990 when the Calhoun County Commission and the City of Piedmont purchased the first 22 miles of corridor using a grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). In 1993, the City of Piedmont received an Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA) enhancement grant, through the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT), to fund construction of the first 8.9 mile section of the trail. The project continued to develop when in 1994, the cities of Piedmont and Jacksonville and the Calhoun County Commission were awarded ISTEA grants.
In 1997, the cities of Jacksonville, Weaver and Anniston were awarded grants from the National Recreational Trails Fund (NRTF) to construct trail access facilities. Also in 1997, the city of Weaver received an ISTEA grant to construct its 2.5 mile section of the trail. In 1998, both Weaver and Jacksonville opened their respective sectio (Continued...)
Date Opens: 1/1 - Date Closes: 12/31
Time Opens: dawn - Time Closes: dusk
From Montgomery, AL: Take State Hwy 21 north into Piedmont. Turn right onto Dailey Street. After you cross over the Trail, turn left into the parking lot of the Eubanks Welcome Center.
Width: 96 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: Concrete
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 693
Elevation High Point: 730
Year Designated: 2011
Date Last Updated: 09/10/2015
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