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Summer Bike Ride to Rockmart Riverwalk Park via Silver Comet

The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Silver Comet Rambo Trailhead - 279 Tucker Blvd, Dallas GA 30157
Date(s) & Time:Sun, Aug 21 2016  7:30 am >> Sun, Aug 21 2016 11:30 am
Registration Opens: Mon, Aug 8 2016 4:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Aug 20 2016 4:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:33 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Stacey Johnson
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:16
Minimum Group Size:6
Number Registered So Far: 17 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


This is a thirty mile round trip scenic bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail.  The Silver Comet is a paved rails-to-trail bike trail from Smyrna to the Alabama line.

We will start at the Rambo Trailhead near Dallas, ride to Rockmart have breakfast at Waffle House  in Rockmart, and then ride back. 

The breakfast will break up the ride a bit, so perhaps the thirty three miles will not be so daunting to the less experienced cyclist.  We will go at a moderate pace of around 10-15 mph or faster (You can pick and choose your own riding pace - fast, leisure, etc.), so with breakfast, expect to spend about  4 +/- hours on the trail.

 Here is our trip:

 Early on we will cross the Pumpkinvine Trestle, which is 750 feet long and 126 feet high.

Then for the next eight miles, we pass thru Paulding Forest, which is basically a hilly pine woods.  The hills will not affect us however, since we will be on the old rail bed, with all its cuts and fills.

 Before we emerge from the forest, we go thru the 800 foot long Brushy Mountain Tunnel - definitely stop to take your picture here!

 Then it's mostly open pasture till we get to Rockmart.  We will pass Coot's Lake on the way also.


IMPORTANT NOTE: You are responsible for your bike maintenance or repairs on the trail.

Required Items to Bring:
  • any bike will do as long as you provide the pedaling and energy
  • helmet (Required to be worn during the ride - no helmet, no ride)
  • water/gatorade or whatever quenches your thirst
  • money for breakfast or snacks if you do not wish to eat at Waffle House



Recommended Items to Bring:
Use our Event Checklists to make sure you have everything you need.

4-maintenance items you might need (spare tube, patches, air pump)

-bike gloves and bike carry pouch or light backpack

-dress according to weather



How to Get There:
Event Directions:
  • You can also check and click on Paulding and then Rambo to see a map and directions

    Directions - Overview

    • Rambo Rd Trailhead is near the city of Dallas in Paulding County, Georgia
    • It's just west of the Hwy-278/Buchanan Hwy intersection
    • Hwy-278 is northwest of Atlanta, and runs east to west towards Alabama


    • Note: Highway-278 mile markers start over in every county
    • Go to mile marker 8 on Hwy-278, in Paulding County
      (just west of the Hwy-278/Buchanan Hwy intersection)
    • Near mile marker 8, you'll find the intersection of Hwy-278 and Bonnie Lane/West memorial Drive
      • There is no red light at this intersection
      • Bonnie Lane is on the east-bound lane of Hwy-278; you'll see the sign for Rambo Nursery
      • West Memorial Drive is on the west-bound lane of Hwy-278
    • Turn on Bonnie Lane (east side of Hwy- 278)
    • Take the next left onto Tucker Road
    • Tucker Rd will dead-end (short distance) at The Rambo Rd Trailhead parking lot, The Silver Comet Trail, and Rambo Nursery




* We encourage all members to follow our Etiquette Guidelines while participating in AOC events.

Cancellation/Partial Attendance:   Please review the AOC cancellation policy.

You MUST be able to perform your own bike maintenance should you have any mechanical issues.