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.


Riding the Tanglefoot Trail

   July, 2014 by jr1crow

Our riding group went over to Mississippi from Atlanta in Mid June. There were 12 of us. We began in New Albany early Saturday Morning and rode to Houston. We easily arrived by early afternoon. The Tanglefoot Trail is just about as straight as a trail ...read more

One of the BEST!

   July, 2014 by bikesnmotion

We divided the trail into 2 days of riding. We started at the Algoma Whistle Stop and went to Houston and back our first day. The second day we started at New Albany and rode to Algoma and back. Each day we explored the towns along the trail. This trail ...read more

Group from Huntsville, AL rides Tanglefoot

   June, 2014 by peony

A group of 16 of us from Huntsville rode Tanglefoot Trail, staying in Pontotoc, the middle of the trail and riding the trail in two days, back & forth to New Albany the first day and to Houston the 2nd day. Everyone arrived at the "luxurious" Days Inn ...read more