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Georgia’s Rome: Three Rivers, a Cave, and a Cemetery

Rome, Georgia is a rare treasure with three rivers, a cave, a spring-fed swimming pool/lake, registered bicycle routes, and a plethora of trails.

Rome, Georgia is a rare treasure with three rivers, a cave, a spring-fed swimming pool/lake, registered bicycle routes, and a plethora of trails.

Who knew Georgia had caves? Believe it or not, Cave Springs is located in Rolater Park just off the town square in Rome. This natural limestone, ¼-mile deep cave features beautiful stalagmites. Closed during the winter, the entrance features a beautiful stone building that usually has a wheelbarrow leaning on the front. Locals and tourists alike use the wheelbarrow to help them fill and transport their jugs of water filled from the crystal clear spring water that flows year round, producing 2 million gallons a day. Just below the spring is a little pond that is stocked with trout, but don’t grab your fishing pole – this hole is reserved for an annual kid’s fishing tournament. Rounding out the quintessential Georgia experience there is a 1.5-acre swimming pool built from stone (called Rolater Lake) that captures the cold spring water and turns into a lively gathering place in the summer.

In few other places would an outdoors adventure send you to a college campus, but Berry College is an exceptional destination. Berry has 26,000 acres of protected land that hosts trails accessible to walkers, runners, cyclists, rollerbladers, runners, and parents with strollers. The Viking Trail, a three-mile paved trail, is one of the most popular trails. There are even trails for horseback riders with Trail Ride Permits. Gunby Equine Center, conveniently located on campus, offers rides with a two-week advance notice.

Berry College was established around agriculture and today it boasts a gorgeous Arboretum and Tree Walk that is recommended anytime, but if you are there in the fall or spring the experience will be unforgettable. Don’t forget to visit Oak Hill, founder Martha Berry’s Greek Revival home surrounded by beautiful, carefully landscaped gardens.

Continuing Rome’s outdoor adventures, the Myrtle Hill Cemetery has a self-guided tour of more than 35 different species of trees placed on the Historic Tree Register. Many of these trees are rare and not native to the Northwest Georgia area.

For the serious bicyclist, U.S. Bicycle Route 21 is Georgia’s first USBR designation. The stunning route takes the bikers primarily on a two-lane country road past Cave Spring, the rivers and the mountains in Rome and Northwest Georgia. For bicyclists who prefer a designated trail, Rome’s downtown riverfront system has more than 13.5 miles of fabulous trails all along the three rivers of Rome. Mountain bikers can experience a thrill at three loop trails totaling four miles at Garrard Park.

If you are looking for a touch of history, visit Historic Jackson Hill, an earthen fortification used during the Civil War. Replicas of Civil War cannons, a Corliss Steam Engine and a cotton gin add to the experience. Winding trails weave throughout the property and parking is easily accessible in the Rome-Floyd Visitor Center parking lot.

Marshall Forest was once part of the Cherokee Nation’s lands and today preserves 301 acres of historic forest with more than 300 species of plants including the endangered large-flowered skullcap. Two nature trails that take about 30 minutes to walk include plant identification tags and 20 plaque stations that include Braille for the sight impaired.

For those who have to include a golf game, Callier Springs Country Club allows public play on weekdays.

Lock and Dam Park offer camping including RV spaces, fishing, recreation, and light shopping.

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