You don’t often think of a city like Atlanta as having decent cycling, especially when the traffic is, to say the least, terrible. The Silver Comet Trail breaks the mold. The 61.5-mile paved trail leads from Smyrna, GA to Cedartown, AL. Once you get past the first 10 miles of road crossings, which are generally in low-traffic areas, you can get some uninterrupted pedal time.
You can also take off from downtown Atlanta on a low-traffic ride on the Stone Mountain Trail Path. This 19-mile PATH Foundation trail leads to Stone Mountain Park via the Freedom Parkway Trail.
Cobb County’s Big Creek Greenway ribbons through 8.3 miles of Alpharetta and Roswell, leading you alongside the Big Creek and taking you over bridges, past meadows, ponds, and nature trails. This is more of a leisurely cycling route, because your maximum speed cannot exceed 15 miles per hour. You’ll find more S-shaped curves and bridge crossings on this path, which break up your speed.
One particularly memorable road ride is Atlanta Cycling’s Vinings shop ride, which leads you on a 20-mile ride through Buckhead. You’ll definitely get some major house envy.