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)


Great cruiser trail

   August, 2015 by wdmexpedite

We received the email about Tanglefoot's trail of the month honor just days before we were to depart with our son to Ole Miss from Georgia. We loaded the bikes and after dropping him at Oxford we came back the 35 miles to Pontotoc. We planned an overnight ...read more

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