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 →

Save Saturday, April 29, 2017 for the 27th annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal bike and trail ride.  Online registration is open: https://upthecreekwithoutapedal.itsyourrace.com/event.aspx?id=6484 Many thanks to Harbin Clinic for sponsoring and leading the Heritage Trail Family ride!Read More →

December 15, 2016 By Doug Walker Associate Editor DWalker@RN-T.com A group organizing biking and walking trails on land donated to the city of Rome by General Electric got some more help from the company Thursday. Rome GE executive Cody Platt presented Trails for Recreation and Economic Development officials with a check for $5,000. The money will be used for the advancement of walking and biking trails at the park being generated on the 123-acre tract. “A portion will likely be set aside for ongoing maintenance of the trails,” said TRED President Julie Smith. Some of the funds are also slated to be used for theRead More →

JULY 14, 2016 the rules of the road Lindsey ENFORCEMENT, SAFETY, TIPS 7 Comments It can be hard to figure out what the hell you should be doing out there in the vast wilderness of traffic. People get angry about pretty much every behavior. Someone will get mad at you for following the law precisely, while someone else gets mad that you harmlessly break the law. Car-driving commenters love to rail about how bikers break the law and use that as an argument for why we shouldn’t invest in bike infrastructure or encourage cycling. Bike-riding commenters complain about drivers parking in the bike lane or pedestrians walking on bike paths. It’s all a hot mess.Read More →

Seven TRED volunteers braved the early morning Georgia heat and humidity and begun marking the trails through the woods at the old GE site off Redmond Road Saturday. Now the property of the City of Rome, these future trails will give Romans a wonderful place to walk, run, or bike in nature along relatively flat terrain and when completed, there will be 4 miles of twisting routes for all ages to enjoy plus a 1-mile walking path along the perimeter. This public-private trail building partnership between the City of Rome government and TRED, is the second project to be undertaken with the first project beingRead More →

Back again, the 777 trail race will be on Thursday, July 7 at 7pm at Jackson Hill Trails. Registration is open at www.itsyourrace.com and will be open one hour prior to race time.Read More →

  Over 530 cyclists rode the beautiful roads in Rome and Floyd County on April 30 during the 26th annual Up the Creek Without a Pedal Century Ride, co-sponsored by TRED and Coosa Valley Cycling Association.  Ride options ranged from the 13 mile Heritage Trail ride upwards to the 109 century route that ventured into Walker County. For the second year in a row riders departed from the Town Green and were able to enjoy lunch at local restaurants, a favorite feature of the riders.  Also a favorite feature of the ride was the delicious homemade strawberry ice cream that awaited riders at the LCCLRead More →

TRED is also a stakeholder in this great project… Rome’s Heritage Trail signs offer bird sounds Rome’s Heritage Trail signs offer bird sounds Rome City Commissioner Wendy Davis (left) and Rome Mayor Jamie Doss cut the ribbon for the new respite area and interactive trail sign at the celebration ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015. (Sarah Lane/RN-T)   Posted on Nov 18, 2015 by Sarah Lane Recordings of native birdcalls played at the ceremony Tuesday marking completion of the rest areas and interactive signs on the Heritage Trail System in Rome. “It’s a great trail system and this just adds so much to the trail,”Read More →