Print-Friendly Version
Add this event to your calendar (Outlook, iCalendar)
Add REGISTRATION REMINDER to your calendar

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: Once you've reviewed the event details, and decided you'd like to join us, you MUST sign up at the bottom of this page.

Annual Autumn Bike Ride & Lunch @Frankies: Rambo to Rockmart via Silver Comet

The Basics:
Event Type:Bike
Event Location: Silver Comet Rambo Trailhead - 279 Tucker Blvd, Dallas GA 30157
Date(s) & Time:Sat, Oct 18 2014  11:00 am >> Sat, Oct 18 2014 4:00 pm
Registration Opens: Thu, Oct 2 2014 9:00 pm
Registration Cut Off: Fri, Oct 17 2014 11:59 pm
Event Duration:5 Hours
Difficulty Rating:D3: Moderate
Distance:30 Miles
Trip Leader(s):
Tom Jarosz (Juh'rose)
Email Trip Leader(s)
You must be logged in to get the Trip Leader contact information.
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: 16 / 0 (To see who's signed up, log in to the Member Area)
Are Dogs Permitted: No


 This is a thirty mile round trip bike ride that takes in many scenic and fall features of the Silver Comet.  The Silver Comet is a paved rails-to-trail bike trail from Smyrna to the Alabama line.

 Basically, we start at the Rambo Trailhead near Dallas, ride to Rockmart, have lunch at Frankies Restaurant, and then ride back. 

 The lunch will break up the ride a bit, so perhaps the thirty 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 lunch and breaks, expect to spend about five +/- 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.

 We will end up at Rockmart at the Riverwalk Park near downtown where Frankies Restaurant is located.  Once we fill up our bellies with a hearty lunch, we will meet outside the restaurant, take a group picture, and ride & roll back to where we started.


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
  • snacks
  • money for your Italian lunch
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 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.