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 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

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.


Absolutely Perfect

   July, 2015 by wcosby

I have family that live in Houston, MS, so when we travel home, I always make a point to ride this trail. I love cycling, but far from an expert. This trail offers gorgeous scenic views, while riding over a smoothly paved surface. Along the trail, one ...read more

Great trail

   July, 2015 by matticusbellius

Rode the whole way! read more

Railroad History on the Tanglefoot Trail

   May, 2015 by tanglefoottrail

A link below is from the Tanglefoot Trail website. It contains quite a bit of detail, including references to the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio RR which was mentioned in comments regarding history. Scroll through information to find more detail about railroad ...read more