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 preserves the abandoned railroad corridor assembled in part for the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad by Col. William C. Falkner beginning in 1871. 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.


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

Outstanding trail, but description inaccurate

   April, 2015 by jobtraklite

On a recent road trip between Western Illinois and Mobile, I detoured to check out the Tanglefoot Trail. Because of rain, I was only able to do New Albany to Ecru and back. In my opinion it is outstanding, the scenery a mixture of dense woods, attractive ...read more


   March, 2015 by grasshopper2204

I do lots of Handcycling due to me being Paraplegic. I have been going to the Long Leaf Trail in Hattiesburg, MS. On March 16, 2015 I met a friend from Moss Point, MS who is Paraplegic also at the Long Leaf Trail as we been HandCycling many years there. ...read more