|When Norfolk Southern took up about 15 miles of former Central of Georgia track between Rome and Lyerly in 1993, the Rome-Floyd Parks and Recreation Authority saw an opportunity to preserve the corridor and create a linear park similar to those found in many other forward-looking communities. Partnering with Georgia DNR and others, the RFPRA acquired the property and developed the Simms Mountain Trail, named for the long ridge that the railroad had to curve around to get from Rome to points north.
The 12-mile gravel-surface trail is open to hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians. Access points include GA Hwy. 100 and Huffaker Road.