Tanglefoot Trail is a 43.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near New Albany, MS that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The Tanglefoot Trail is an easy point to point (44.53 miles total/43.6 miles paved) bike and pedestrian trail located in Northeast Mississippi. It is open year round and can be accessed from several points along the trail. The Tanglefoot Trail, located in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area preserves the abandoned 44.53 mile railroad corridor assembled in part for the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad by Col. William Clark Falkner beginning in 1871. With its storied past the Tanglefoot offers the historian a trek through time; the nature enthusiastviews of creeks, flora and fauna; and the recreational opportunist an asphalt trail that winds through seven communities New Albany, Ingomar, Ecru, Pontotoc, Algoma, New Houlka and Houston as well as three counties - Union, Pontotoc and Chickasaw. Along the way are mature hardwood forests; trees draping with kudzu; fields of cotton andsoybeans; pastures, and wetlands.First blazed by Native Americans, the trail was also traveled by early explorers, Hernando de Soto and later, Meriwether Lewis. The last Chickasaw King Ishtehotopah made his home near the creek, now known as King Creek, which the Tanglefoot Trail crosses. As Union troops made their way south, Col. Benjamin Grierson, alongwith his soldiers, followed the same kings pathway.When communities were reconstructed and others formed, Col. Falkner, began his quest to build a railroad. One engine, the Tanglefoot, a ten wheeler with driving wheels 36 inches in diameter, operated at a steam pressure of 60 psi. It performed admirably as the line was constructed through the area. It was a narrow gauge engine andretired when the line became standardized.In September 2013, over 125 years after first reaching the area, the Tanglefoot returned to open a new chapter in our history. Replacing rails with a trail, the Tanglefoot offers young and old; family and friends; neighbors and visitors opportunities to get outdoors. Have fun and enjoy yourselves!
Nice ride with really clean restrooms and picinic areas along the trail.
Have been to the Tanglefoot Trail several times. I just enjoy riding on the Tanglefoot trail. It is just like riding through the woods. I am from Memphis Tenn and like to come down to New Albany and ride. Mississippi is very lucky to have this trail All the peiople I have met at the whistle stops have been very nice. I stopped at the Aglloma Grocery store in Agloma Mississippi. Nice place to stop in for a refreshing drink or a snack. Talked to the owner of the store and he could have not been any nicer and welcomed us. I will definitely be back to ride the Tanflefoot Trail many many more times
Great, nearly brand-new trail with easy elevations. Well-maintained and long at over 40 miles. Haven't went the whole distance yet, but my daughter and I bike 6-10 miles of it nearly every day. Plenty of stops, lots of varied natural scenery. Grateful for this one.
Absolutely love the Tanglefoot - rode from New Houlka to Houston recently... The scenery is so peaceful and calming! Truly God's country....the trail is well paved and easy to manage...plenty of places to sit and linger a while!! Looking forward to biking the rest of the trail soon!
We experienced the Tanglefoot as a group - one in wheelchair, three on bicycles, two hikers, and one leashed dog...great paved trail - highly accessible. Lovely fall scenery. Brand new trail with many excited locals enjoying a Sunday afternoon outdoors. Grateful for the efforts to make this Rails-to-Trails conversion possible!
Good road biking trail not much elevation change. The Tanglefoot is paved so it's great for road biking and running. Plenty of country and scenic vistas to see along the way. The trail has plenty of rest areas and the asphalt surface is new and in great condition. The southern portion of the trail from Pontotoc to Houston runs through some nice forests and shaded much of the way. Take water, lunch and enjoy....