Visitor Guide

John Wisdom Wagon Train Ride

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John Wisdom Wag Train

Saddle up for the final year of the John Wisdom Wagon Train ride! We celebrate 40 Years of revisiting the heroic path of John Wisdom, known as “Georgia’s Paul Revere” who warned Rome of impending attack by Union forces in May of 1863. The 23-mile round trip begins and ends in Rome, Georgia where participants will camp at the fairgrounds and enjoy an evening of entertainment.

Location: The Wagon Train ride begins and ends at the Coosa Valley Fairgrounds located at 1400 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Rome, GA 30161.

Ride Details: The ride begins Saturday at the fairgrounds at 8:30 a.m. and will cover a 23-mile round trip path with two breaks and a stop for lunch. The ride returns to the fairgrounds at 5 p.m. View Route Map

Coggins Test: Proof of current test must be provided in order to participate. Representatives from the Georgia Department of Agriculture will be at the entry gate.

Primitive Camping: The main gate opens on Friday, October 19 at noon. Camp sites will need to be cleared Sunday, October 21 by 11 a.m.

Wagon Train Admission: $10 for each adult participating, $5 for Children 12 and under. Participants will receive a collector button, which is to be worn at all times during the event as proof of paid admission. Participants must sign waivers of liability. Admission includes camping. Advance button purchase and advance lunch tickets are available at the Rome-Floyd Welcome Center located at 402 Civic Center Drive.

Lunch: Lunch will be provided by Shannon Mason Lodge for a reasonable price.

Scott Thompson & Friends

Scott Thompson & Friends

Cowboy Dance: The dance is open to the public. Tickets are $5 each and are available at the gate. Scott Thompson & Friends will perform in the Mather Payne Special Events Building at the fairgrounds from 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Please note: Admission to the dance is not included in your button price. Feel free to BYOB!

T-shirts: Commemorative T-shirts will be available for purchase at the fairgrounds.

Friendly Reminders: 
– Any public display of alcohol misuse is subject to Rome and Floyd County Police action.
– No littering on the roadways.
– Please wear shirts within city limits.
– Glass is not allowed at the fairgrounds; use paper or plastic cups.
– Do not leave horses tied to trees or fences.
– Clean up around your campsite before you leave.
– Extinguish all burning embers. Remove all burned and unburned wood.
– Do not use fire pits as trash receptacles.

Event Questions: Billy Puryear, 706-506-1989

Travel Information: Rome-Floyd Welcome Center, 706-295-5576, 800-444-1834