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)


New gateway at Ponotoc!

   September, 2016 by SoFlaKettwiesel

Our second time on the Tanglefoot trail found many improvements! The gateway at Ponotoc has restrooms, picnic tables under cover, beautiful landscaping to make this a first class Trail Head. Parking just to the north as before. New Albany gateway now ...read more

Awesome trail

   July, 2016 by mississippicacher

Just a fantastic trail ride , always lots of folks riding and almost always meet a deputy patrolling. read more

Smooth sailing

   March, 2016 by mkavkewitz_tl

Drove from Chattanooga to Houston, MS and biked to New Albany, stayed at nearby Hampton Inn and road back yesterday. The Houston Trailhead is not finished and the Sheriffs department discourages overnight parking. Thus, we parked at a nearby grocery store ...read more