Paulding County is known for its extensive opportunities for recreation and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Our diverse environment offers an ideal playground no matter what kind of experience you prefer. In addition to our parks, trails and forest, those seeking a more refined outdoor lifestyle can enjoy golf, swimming and tennis.
Paulding Forest Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
The WMA property covers more than 26,000 acres and consists of both state-owned land and land leased from private owners. It offers opportunities for hunting deer, bear, turkey and small game, and it contains one of the southernmost trout fishing opportunities at Raccoon Creek. Recreational uses include camping, hiking, picnicking, canoeing, bird watching and pre-season scouting.
Paulding County has over 1,000 acres of parkland, including one of the best-preserved civil war battlefields in the nation. Between its city and county-owned properties, our parks have amenities like playgrounds, picnic areas and ball courts, as well as natural resources like lakes, walking paths and mountain biking trails. Paulding has several parks with athletic fields, restrooms and concessions, perfect for youth sports like basketball, tennis, volleyball and soccer.
Silver Comet Trail
The Silver Comet Trail is a paved 61.5-mile trail that runs from Smyrna in Cobb County to central Alabama. There, it connects to the 33-mile Chief Ladiga Trail, forming the longest length of multi-use trail in the country.
The Silver Comet Trail was built over the abandoned tracks for Seaboard Air Line Railroad, whose Silver Comet passenger train ran from 1947-1969. Today, the Silver Comet Trail integrates that history into the surrounding scenery, beautiful communities and modern trailside services. It has become a popular destination for walking, biking and horseback riding, generating nearly 2 million users and $100 million for the region each year.
The Paulding County section of the Silver Comet Trail is 20 miles long and travels through Hiram, Dallas and remote areas in the Paulding Wildlife Management Area. Visitors can access it from the trailheads at the Hiram Caboose, Paulding Chamber of Commerce, Tara Drummond Park, Rambo Road Nursery and Coot’s Lake, which is just inside Polk County.
To the west, trail users can connect to Rockmart’s historic downtown and Riverwalk Park, in addition to Cedartown and the State Line Gateway section of the trail. And to the east, exciting plans are in place to build a trail extension—the Silver Comet Connector. It will integrate into existing trails in Cobb and Fulton Counties and connect the eastern end of the Silver Comet Trail in Smyrna to downtown Atlanta and the Atlanta Beltline.
Brushy Mountain Tunnel
Around mile marker 30, the forests and fields give way to rocky hillsides until visitors reach this massive, abandoned railway tunnel. Originally built in 1912, the tunnel under Brushy Mountain Road is nearly three stories high and 800-feet long. Closest trailhead: Coot’s Lake.
Pumpkinvine Creek Trestle
This turn-of-the-century rail trestle was built in 1901 and restored in 1999. At 126-feet high and 750-feet long, the trestle crosses over Pumpkinvine Creek and offers staggering views of the trail’s transition to the more remote section in the Paulding Wildlife Management Area. Closest trailhead: Rambo Road.
Homer Leggett Park
Not far from the original train caboose that marks the Hiram trailhead, Homer Leggett Park offers amenities such as restrooms, water fountains and covered picnic tables. It boasts a playground and walking trails, as well as the 27,000 sq. ft. Hiram Hounds Dog Park.