Tanglefoot Trail

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

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)


A Great Ride!

   September, 2015 by caroljeicher

My husband and I rode half of the trail out and back last week starting in New Albany. Great trail. Well kept and very clean. Love how the trail supporters were recognized on markers along the way. We stayed at the Bridges-Hall Manor (a trail supporter)in ...read more

Tanglefoot, up and back

   September, 2015 by tslaw

My brother-in-law and I rode Houston to New Albany and back on Sunday, September 20, 2015. I found the trail to be just as much fun as the Long Leaf Trace for riding. There is not as much scenery if you want to sightsee on your ride, but I found it to ...read more

A true gem in Mississippi

   September, 2015 by bentrider4life

My wife and I rode from the trailhead in New Albany to Pontotoc 9/19/15. Plenty of parking was available. The surface of the trail was fantastic, the right of ways very well kept, all the facilities were clean. After two years you can tell the trail if ...read more