The Chief Ladiga Trail 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).
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 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.
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.
Accessibility: There is a large parking lot off Weaver Road at the south end of the trail. Its surface is unknown and it does not appear to have any designated handicapped-accessible parking spaces or striped access aisles.
The trail surface is paved asphalt/concrete and typically at least five feet wide. The grade is mostly gentle (all estimated under 5%) so most wheelchair and stroller users will likely be able to traverse the trail.