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)


Very nice trail

   October, 2015 by pauldowney

We usually ride out from the New Albany trail head at the north end of the Tanglefoot Trail. Nice, easy trail to ride, level and well-maintained. There's several good shops near the New Albany trail head, notably Trails-n-Treads Bike Shop, AC's Coffee ...read more

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