Tanglefoot Trail, Mississippi’s longest rail-trail, meanders 43.6 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. The trail follows the abandoned railroad line once lead by Col. William C. Falkner in the late 1800s. 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.
The Tanglefoot Trail has four “whistle stop” facilities that provide parking, restrooms, water fountains, bike racks and picnic tables, from south (mile marker 0) to north:
- New Houlka (205 West Front Street; milepost 9.9)
- Algoma (24 Weeks Street; milepost 19.3)
- Ecru (279 South Railroad Avenue; milepost 32.6)
- Ingomar (1103 County Road 90; milepost 37.1)