Tanglefoot Trail

EASY 18 reviews

Tanglefoot Trail is a 43.5 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near New Albany, Mississippi 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.

43.5 miles
695 feet
Point to Point

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly


mountain biking

road biking

trail running





wild flowers

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!

5 days ago

We loved this trail. We rode 31 miles from New Albany almost to Pontotoc and back. The trail is set up nice every little town had a rest area with rest rooms and water fountains and rest areas in between. The people we met who lives close by seem to take pride in their trail I can’t wait to go back.

road biking
1 month ago

Took a group of about 15 scouts to The Tanglefoot in February. Great safe ride for a group of varying skill levels. There are a surprising number of hills. Some of them are fairly long. We rode from Algoma to Houston and took a side trip to the courthouse in Houston. Getting from the trail to the Courthouse was a little dicey, but worth the photo opp. Well maintained trail, but bring your own water in the off season.

road biking
2 months ago

The trail is great, well marked with lots of rest areas-particularly in Pontotoc which had USB Charging stations and a nice picnic area. I did the lower section 1st and the Houston to New Houlka 10mi area was not maintained well, the path was covered in dead limbs and branches. The 2nd day I did the New Albany to Houlka and the reason I rate it 3 stars is the unchained, mean and aggressive dogs on this trail. I had 2 different packs chase me until I was eventually able to outrun them & another group who didn't leave their yard but barked so aggressively that I was concerned. After the 3rd encounter I turned around and cancelled the rest of my stay as I did not feel safe riding here. I found a trail ranger and told him about my experience and he told me has reported the dogs @ mile 18 but they don't do anything about it. The others were @ mile 15 and mile 6-7. If you stay in the upper portion of the trail you should be fine. I have ridden a lot of rail trails all over the country and have never encountered this situation. So beware!

5 months ago

We are bless to have this trail. It is safe place to ride well maitained.

mountain biking
Thursday, November 17, 2016

Nice day for a ride. This trail was busy but other than that it was a nice ride.

mountain biking
Thursday, November 17, 2016

We made it an all day adventure on mountain bikes. Really enjoyed the little (bike) rest areas.

road biking
Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Nice ride with really clean restrooms and picinic areas along the trail.

road biking
Saturday, August 01, 2015

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

road biking
Thursday, May 15, 2014

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.

Friday, October 18, 2013

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!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

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!

road biking
Tuesday, October 15, 2013

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....

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Sunday, January 12, 2014