Chief Ladiga Trail

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Chief Ladiga Trail
A view from the Chief Ladiga Trail.jpg
Trail section in Cleburne County
Length33 mi (53 km)
LocationCalhoun / Cleburne counties, Alabama, USA
DesignationPiedmont and Jacksonville sections are National Recreation Trail designated[1]
TrailheadsAlabama-Georgia state line (33°57′1″N 85°23′46″W / 33.95028°N 85.39611°W / 33.95028; -85.39611); Anniston, Alabama (33°44′16″N 85°49′5″W / 33.73778°N 85.81806°W / 33.73778; -85.81806)
UseHiking, biking
Highest pointAbout 950 ft (290 m) near the Alabama-Georgia state line [2]
Lowest pointAbout 650 ft (198 m) in Jacksonville[2]

The Chief Ladiga Trail /ləˈdɡə/ is a rail trail in Alabama that stretches for 33 miles (53 km) from Anniston to the Alabama-Georgia state line. It is the state's first rail trail project.

History[edit]

Trail background[edit]

The Chief Ladiga is on the same rail corridor as the Silver Comet Trail in Georgia as far as Piedmont, Alabama. From there it parallels an abandoned Southern Railway line for a few miles west of town until it leaves the old Seaboard rail line, heading south on the Norfolk Southern Railway route until the trail ends just north of Anniston. In 2008, the Ladiga and Silver Comet trail were connected.[3] A new gateway marks the connecting point at the state line. Now that the Chief Ladiga and the Silver Comet trails are connected, there is a 90-mile (145 km) paved corridor for non-motorized travel from just west of Atlanta, Georgia to Anniston, making it the 2nd longest paved trail in the U.S (the longest being the Paul Bunyan State Trail in Minnesota).[4]

Chief Ladiga[edit]

Chief Ladiga was a Muscogee chief who relinquished his tribe's lands when he signed the Treaty of Cusseta in 1832. The Treaty was part of a broader policy of indian removal perpetrated by the Jackson Administration. Ladiga sold half his land (which would later become Jacksonville) to speculators for $2000.

Route[edit]

The Chief Ladiga Trail starts at the Alabama-Georgia state line. At about mile marker 7.0, the trail crosses the Pinhoti National Recreation Trail.[5] It travels west to Piedmont, the direction changes to southwest then on to Jacksonville and going through the Jacksonville State University campus. Then, the trail goes to Weaver and finally ending at Michael Tucker Park in north Anniston. It travels through wetlands, across streams, through forests and farmlands, and includes a horizon view of the Talladega Mountains. There are several bridges and both new and restored railroad trestles.

There is proposal to extend the trail 7.2 miles (11.6 km) from Michael Tucker Park southward to 4th street in downtown Anniston. [6] As of May 2022, the City of Anniston hired an engineering firm to inspect bridges and design the 6.5-mile (10.5 km) trail extension.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chief Ladiga National Recreation Trail. American Trails. June 2, 2011 Accessed March 14, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Blalock, Clarence. Chief Ladiga Trail Map. Trail Elevation Profile. 2005. Hosted on the Jacksonville State University website. Accesses 2011-06-15.
  3. ^ "Chief Ladiga Trail". Jacksonville State University, Environmental Policy and Information Center. 2019-01-19. Archived from the original on 2010-11-06. Retrieved 2010-12-28.
  4. ^ "Longest Trails: Longest Paved Trail and Longest Ice Skating Trail". American Trails. 2022-05-06.
  5. ^ Chief Ladiga Trail. TrailsNet. Picture caption. Image date: 2008-01-28. While riding the Chief Ladiga Trail in Alabama, you will come to junction for the Pinhoti Trail, an Alabama hiking trail. The turnoff is located between two river/bridge crossings very near mile marker 7.0. Accessed 2011-06-14.
  6. ^ Phillips, Ashley (2020-07-10). "City, riders looking forward to trail's extension". The Anniston Star. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  7. ^ Wilson, Bill (2022-05-04). "Anniston mayor announces engineering firm for final stretch of Ladiga bike trail". The Anniston Star. Retrieved 2021-05-06.

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