Tanglefoot Trail

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Tanglefoot Trail, Mississippi’s longest rail-trail, meanders 44.5 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area.

The trail preserves the abandoned railroad corridor assembled in part for the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad by Col. William C. Falkner beginning in 1871. He was the great-grandfather of Nobel-Prize-winning author William Faulkner.

As the trail winds through three counties—Chickasaw, Pontotoc, and Union—it offers views of mature hardwood forests; trees draped in the vines of kudzu; fields of cotton and soybeans; pastures; and wetlands. Along the way, the asphalt pathway connects six communities—New Albany, Ecru, Pontotoc, Algoma, New Houlka, and Houston—which offer pleasant places to rest, eat, and shop.

Parking and Trail Access

Tanglefoot Trail has four “whistle stop” facilities that provide parking, restrooms, water fountains, bike racks, benches, and picnic tables. From north to south, the whistle stops are located in Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma, and New Houlka.

Parking is also currently available at the locations of two future trailhead facilities: one at the north end of the trail in New Albany and the other at the trail’s southern end in Houston. A future gateway location located mid-trail in Pontotoc provides parking as well. When complete, these three trail access points will have pavilion areas with restrooms, water, benches, picnic tables, and informational kiosks. All are located in the downtown areas of each town.

Reviews

Great ride!!

   September, 2014 by robby.wadley

Started at the Houston end and rode the first 10 miles before turning back. Really enjoyable. Less hills than I expected for the area. Will definitely return when we have more time to ride the remaining portion!! read more

A Southern Gem

   August, 2014 by koldtoess

Last weekend, my son (age 21) and I (age 48) completed the Tanglefoot from New Albany to Houston and back to New Albany (NA) in two days. We are both novice distance “cyclist” and rode hybrid bikes. The trail was AWESOME! Even in the 100 degree weather, ...read more

July ride-Me and My Gal

   July, 2014 by rwetherbee

My wife and I drove over from Tupelo, MS to New Albany in search of the Tanglewood Trail. After a few twists and turns we ended up in the parking lot of the Union County library. My wife had some misgivings about whether or not the trail would be too ...read more