Each year signals a reinvigoration to better ourselves, and 2018 is no different. By now we’re well into our New Year’s Resolutions, and here in Rome, Georgia we have a good list of fun reasons to visit – that will actually help you keep those resolutions!
Run or Walk, Bike or Hike Trails Around Floyd County
Explore the majesty of the world’s largest college campus (that also happens to be one of the most beautiful) through several miles of recreational trails to explore while enjoying the serenity of your surroundings.
This expansive campus is perfect for jogging, hiking, walking, cycling and horse back riding. With multi-purpose trails like the three-mile paved Viking Trail, to scenic wooded trails that wind up to the House of Dreams, everyone can access remote areas of the campus for outdoor fun.
Nature lovers will enjoy spotting wildlife throughout the campus and there is even an arboretum that features more than 40 different species of trees.
Historic Jackson Hill was the location of Fort Norton, an earthen fortification system which defended Rome during the Civil War. Today, winding trails provide a quiet getaway just blocks from Downtown Rome.
Check out the outdoor exhibits to include the Boswell Cabin Trailhead, a cotton gin, replicas of Civil War-era cannons, the Noble Brothers Foundry Lathe and a Corliss Steam Engine. Interpretive markers tell the story of the Civil War in Rome. Free parking is available in the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center parking lot.
Downtown Heritage Trail System
This downtown riverfront system has over 13.5 miles of trails along all three Rivers of Rome, with entrances at State Mutual Stadium, Ridge Ferry Park, Barron Stadium, Town Green, Heritage Park, Riverview Park, Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Bridgepoint Plaza, and several other downtown locations.
These lesser known trails give visitors an expansive look into the nature surrounding Rome, as well as an up close look at the Etowah river and creeks that break off of it.
Pinhoti Trail in Cave Spring
Being surrounded by gentle mountains, rolling farmland and spring-fed creeks, outdoor activities abound. The epicenter of the Pinhoti trail runs through Cave Spring and is great for hikers of all skill levels.
Parks and Other Locations
Ridge Ferry Park
Rome’s most popular park is perfect for staying active with plenty of open space for activities, a large playground for kids and easy access to the Heritage Trail System.
This park has river access for kayaking, paddleboarding and canoeing, so if you’re the kind of person who’s loves being on the water anytime of year, check out our blue trails.
Rome’s most iconic landmark sits on one steep hill, which is great exercise for walkers or runners with a rewarding view at the top. Why go the distance when you can climb to the top?
Explore our history while being active! Visitors can also tour the famous Myrtle Hill Cemetery and follow along with the guided tour, excellent for getting in those FitBit steps. Finally, for the nature lovers, check out the tree tour on Myrtle Hill and stop by the new Meditation Garden.
These trails and parks are also great for your furry companions! Download a trail map or pick one up at one of our visitor centers. Also, be sure to check out a list of all pet-friendly businesses and hotels.