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Hop On And Ride The Silver Comet: Rockmart And Back

The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Silver Comet Rambo Trailhead   Bike: Hop On And Ride The Silver Comet: Rockmart And Back  National Weather Service Forecast
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Jul 1 2023  9:00 am >> Sat, Jul 1 2023 12:30 pm
Registration Opens: Wed, Jun 14 2023 12:01 am
Registration Cut Off: Sat, Jul 1 2023 8:45 am
Event Duration:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:30 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tom Jarosz (Yah-rosz)
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Member Cost:None

Participant Info:
Who's Invited: Members Only, 21 And Older Only
Maximum Group Size:9
Minimum Group Size:4
Number Registered So Far: 14 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No





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



  This is a  very popular thirty 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. 

 Basically, we will start at the Rambo Trailhead near Dallas, ride to Rockmart and back.

 We will pedal at a moderate pace of around 10-15 mph or faster (You can pick and choose your own riding pace - fast, casual, leisurely, etc.), so with breaks and some pics, expect to spend about  3-3.5 +/- hours of pedaling fun and healthy exercise on this biking event. You will feel great you did it!



 Early on after we start our ride,  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 green pasture till we get to Rockmart. 

We will pass the sparkling reflective Coot's Lake and reach our destination of Rockmart (Popular rider destination & turn-around point), and then pedal back to our starting point.



2. Electric or electric assist bicycles not permitted on this ride.

3.  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.

4. You will need to check out with the Trip Leader at the end of the ride to receive AOC credit for this event.

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:
Event Directions:
  • You can also check< /a> 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

    Directions (GPS: 33.9151946235719, -84.86834529830784)

    • 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

Notes: map/silver-comet- map.shtml


Silver Comet Trail - Rambo Road:

* 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.