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Silver Comet Intermediate to Advanced Bike Ride to Rockmart & Back - A Winter Spin

The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Silver Comet Tara Drummond Trailhead - 820 Seaboard Dr, Dallas GA 30157
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jan 28 2023  11:00 am >> Sat, Jan 28 2023 3:00 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jan 25 2023 6:00 am
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Jan 27 2023 10:00 pm
Event Duration:4 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D4: Moderate to Difficult
Distance:35 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Colin S
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:10
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 5 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No




Event is subject to cancellation or rescheduling based on weather conditions & temperatures.


“Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike.” — John F. Kennedy.



  This is a  very popular thirty-five mile round trip bike ride that takes in many scenic, and shady green covered features of the Silver Comet. The Silver Comet is a paved rails-to-trail bike trail from Smyrna to the Alabama line. 

 Our ride will begin at Tara Drummond Trailhead near Dallas, ride to Rockmart and back. Breaks can vary from 10-15 minutes.

 We will pedal at a moderate pace of around 14-17 mph or faster (You can pick and choose your own riding pace - fast, casual, etc.), so with some breaks and some pics, expect to spend about  4 +/- hours of pedaling fun and healthy exercise on this biking event. You will feel great you did it!

Please arrive a little early to prepare for the ride and make introductions before we hit the trail at 11:00AM. We look forward to seeing you for a great ride!



 We will ride out an dback for a total of 35 miles.  This section of the Silver Comet includes the Pumpkinvine Trestle bridge, the Bushy Mountain tunnel, Paullding Forest and Coots Lake.  This section should be less crowded than the more commonly used parts of the Silver Comet.  We will regroup in Rockmart where there are bathrooms and take a short break before pedaling back to Tara Drummond.




2.  You are responsible for your bike maintenance and repairs on the trail. Be sure to inspect your bike the night before our ride and air up your bike tires.

 Reminder:  If you're a Garmin user, please join our 'Atlanta Outdoor Club (AOC) Garmin Users' group to connect with other  AOC Garmin users and track your activity.  Join us at: htt ps://

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

-cell phone for emergencies and contact during the ridespare inner tube

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

-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:
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  • Tara Drummond Trailhead is near the city of Dallas in Paulding County, Georgia
  • It's just west of the Hwy-278/Villa Rica Hwy(SR 61) intersection
  • Hwy-278 is northwest of Atlanta, and runs east to west towards Alabama
  • Directions

    • Note: Highway-278 mile markers start over in every county
    • Take Highway 278 West
    • Look for a QuikTrip (on the Right) and Chick-fil-A (on the Left)
      • This is Villa Ricca Hwy (SR 61)
    • Continue past the Paulding Chamber Silver Comet Trailhead (on the Left)
    • Turn Left at the next light, this Seaboard Dr
    • The Trailhead parking lot will be immediately on the left after passing under the trail bridge

Notes: map/silver-comet- map.shtml 

Bicycle Hand Signals: htt ps:// content/uploads/2018/08/bicyclehandsignals.jpg

How to fix a flat tire:

5 Essential Skills Every Cyclist Should Learn:

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* 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.