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                                             Local vendors sell kaaks at the Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-off



September 3 marks 50th anniversary of Wilderness Act

The u.S. Forest Service will mark the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act with an event September 6 at the U.S.F.S. headquarters in Gainesville, Georgia.  All, or portions, of 14 wilderness areas are located in Georgia, the nearest to Rome being the Cohutta Wilderness near Chatsworth and the Rich Mountain Wildenrss. near Jasper.  Both are known for the black bear populations.  Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. i Hancock Park in Gainesville.

7 Hills 3 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Race in Rome September 20

The Coosa River Basin initiative will host it's annual 7 Hills 3 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Race which features a 20+ mile course for adults with a 7-mile mini course for kids and their parents.  The race is a paddle/swim, bike and run format which scales all seven of Rome's hills and include segments in each of the three rivers.   This year particiipants will slosh through the Silver Creek Swamp near downtown Rome, created when the creek was rerouted for the railroad years ago.

Etowah River trail fund raising event September 21

An Etowah River Trail Rodeo is set for Sunday September 21 on the river in Dawson County at Rock Creek Park. The Rome-based Coosa River Basin Initiative is taking the lead in planning for the river trail which will span some 163 miles from Lumpkin County to Floyd County.  Within the year, at least three more boat launches, two of them in Bartow County, are expected to be completed.  The rodeo event includes a 9-mile paddle on the river.  

Big Cat Quest returns to Rome

The Bass Pro Shops Big Cat Quest National Tournament Series returns to Rome August 30. The one-day catfish tournament is a qualifier for the Mational Championship in October.  Fishing will start at 6 a.m. and continue through 3 p.m. with weigh-ins at the Kroger on Turner McCall Blvd. by 4 p.m. The weigh-ins are open to the public.  Prizes wil be doled out for largest fish and most fish caught.  The last time the Big Cat Quest was held in Rome was May of 2011.

September 27 is free admission day at all state parks

In celebration of national Public Lands Day, always the last Saturday in September, the Georgia Department of Natural Reources will offer free admission to all state parks and historic sites.  Most parks will have special events both Saturday and Sunday, the 27th and 28th.

Upcoming Events

September 2 -  Wild Cave tours - Cloudland Canyon State Park

Tuesday morning event.  10 a.m. Call 706-913-7170 as reservations are required

September 20 - 7 Hills 3 Rivers Outdoor Adventure Race - Rome

Annual event hosted by Coosa River Basin Initiative touches all seven hills and three rivers.  Event includes a short course for kids.

September 27 - Outdoor Adventure Day - Sloppy Floyd State Park - Summerville

The Georgia DNR will host its annual Outdoor Adventure Day at Sloppy Floyd State Park off US South in Summerville. a great family event !

September 27-28 - Harvest at the Homestead - Red Top Mountain State Park - Cartersville

Activities Saturday and Sunday include lots of old time games, arts and crafts and much more.  10 a.m. - 4 p.m. each day

October 11 - Trout Unlimited Chili Cook-off

One of the great annual family-friendly events in Rome's Ridge Ferry Park annually  This event features close to 100 cookers with all kinds of chili.

October 25 - Georgia Bike Summit - Columbus, Ga

Roger Millar, VP os Smart Growth America will be a keynote speaker

Saturday November 1 - Bicycle Days  Cave Spring

Plans are still in the works for Cave Spring's first to be annual Bicycle Days event as the city embraces outdoor recreational tourism.

Rome, Georgia - Northwest Georgia's Natural Wonderland

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Our mission at is to promote the natural treasures of Rome and NW Georgia, have to offer. seeks to provide residents of Rome and visitors to our community with information and links to the natural splendor of the Georgia's Ridge and Valley region and help promote family-friendly outdoor activities. Our children are growing up with fantastic thumbs and index fingers, however we want them to enjoy full use of their complete arms, legs and eyes to love and enjoy all that nature has provided us with. We also want to promote healthier lifestyles in the process. Come - enjoy the spectacular local, state and federal parks, the rivers, lakes and mountain which hold a wealth of thrills and excitement.

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