In what is believed to be a first for Rome, city leaders are recommending that Rome withdraw from a 2012 Transportation Enhancement grant for trail work along the rivers.  The Rome Public Works, Traffic committee agreed to pull out of the grant because the cost to the city to comply with all of the federal regulations tied to the grant was too high. Read the full story courtesy of Rome News-TribuneRead More →

Rome's Clocktower in the evening

Community grant given to bring Rome together through outdoor recreation ROME, Ga. – February 19, 2018 – Saturday morning, local nonprofit Trails for Recreation and Economic Development of Rome/Floyd County (TRED), was awarded a $5000 community grant by the Heart of the Community, a local foundation that raises money for heart-centered projects. Money from the grant given to TRED will be providing trail amenities for the General Electric (GE) Trails at Garrard Park including a grill and picnic tables. TRED hopes that these new features will encourage more people in Rome to use the trails. “It’s really exciting that we were chosen from a lotRead More →

GE Trails Kid's Skills Area

The next time you’re at the GE Trails at Garrard Park, please sign the new log book attached to the kiosk to let us know you were there.  Several people have already signed the trail book and commented on the incredible trails and wonderful volunteers. Thanks to our awesome trail builders for the kid’s skills area to test their bike handling ability before they hit the GE Trails.Read More →

Bob Moore Bridge

Courtesy Sarasota Herald-Tribune Bill and Sue Newbegin looked for homes to buy here before moving down from Boston. In showing a Venice house, one real estate agent mentioned that it was only a half hour away from the Legacy Trail. The Newbegins moved down in March and bought bicycles. “We’ve always thought about biking,” said Bill Newbegin, a 64-year-old retired New England newspaper journalist, adding that he hadn’t ridden one in years. That’s not all that unusual. Advertisements for rental and for-sale homes promote their proximity to bicycle and pedestrian trails for sound reasons, as the Newbegins demonstrate. As Sarasota County embarks on two northernRead More →

Berry Service Day - maintaining GE Trails

GE Trails at Garrard Park was the beneficiary of Berry freshmen this past Saturday as 20 students participated in the Berry First Year Service Day by working on the trails.  They provided sweat equity by mulching the trails, spreading gravel along low lying spots, and using hand tools to clean and maintain the mountain bike and walking trails in West Rome. Thanks to dedicated volunteers who worked alongside the students, teaching them the work it takes to keep trails in riding condition, Billy Nicholson, Harry Brock, Steve Kight, Logan Boss, Mike Rousseau, Derek Walck, and to Chris Jenkins and City of Rome Public Works Department for providing mulch.Read More →

Cartoon boy on bike logo

Monday, May 29, 2017 Congregational Holiness Church 323 Furnace Street Cedartown, GA 30125 Looking for a great family or youth group activity on Memorial Day? The 4th annual Miles of Hope ride is a fun way for riders and walkers to give back to Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center. There will be a fun walk or ride along the Polk County portion of the Silver Comet Trail or a 10, 20, 30, or NEW 55 mile road option for long distance cyclists. A celebratory post-ride lunch will be at Congregational Holiness Church. Registration fee is a donation of your choice with 100% of the proceeds used toRead More →

Up the Creek without a pedal logo

There’s no place like Rome for the 27th annual Up the Creek Trail and Century Ride on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ride leaves from The Forum in downtown Rome and heads north to the scenic roads and hills of NW Georgia. For those who want a shorter distance, enjoy a 5-mile family scavenger hunt ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trail system (multi-use paved path), sponsored by Harbin Clinic. Ride distances: 5-mile family trail ride, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 road options. Proceeds benefit TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) efforts to build and maintain trails in Rome and Floyd County. Up the CreekRead More →

Ribbon cutting for the new GE Trails

Light rain Saturday didn’t stop a large crowd from taking part in the dedication of the new GE Trails at Garrard Park. Well over a hundred hiking and biking enthusiasts along with descendants of Dr. John L. Garrard huddled under tents near the trailhead, at the east end of the old General Electric parking lot, to dedicate the recreation area (map). The 123 acres are named for the doctor who originally owned the land and sold it to General Electric in July 1952 for $118,350. His youngest son, Bobby Garrard, who still lives in Rome, snipped the ribbon to officially open the recreational complex. Dr.Read More →

There’s no place like Rome for the 27th annual Up the Creek Trail and Century Ride on Saturday, April 29, 2017. The ride leaves from The Forum in downtown Rome and heads north to the scenic roads and hills of NW Georgia. For those who want a shorter distance, enjoy a 5-mile family scavenger hunt ride along Rome’s scenic Heritage Trail system (multi-use paved path), sponsored by Harbin Clinic. Ride distances: 5-mile family trail ride, 32, 53, 71, 81, 104, 109 road options. Proceeds benefit TRED (Trails for Recreation and Economic Development) efforts to build and maintain trails in Rome and Floyd County. Up the CreekRead More →