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Chief Ladiga Trail (Piedmont Section)

Location Paved rail-trail within the city limits of Piedmont in east-central Alabama.
State(s) Alabama
Counties Calhoun, Cleburne
Type Greenway
Nature Trail
Rail Trail
Urban Trail
Length 3.80 Miles / 6.12 Km Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Wildlife Observation
Agency City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No Parking Fee? No




photo: Chief Ladiga Trail
Chief Ladiga Trail

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...)


Visitor Information

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.


Additional Information

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


Contact Information

Trail Management:
Tommy Allison
Trail Manager/City Planner
City of Piedmont
P.O. Box 112
Piedmont , AL 36272
(256) 447-3560


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