The Tanglefoot Trail is Mississippi’s longest (and latest) Rail-Trail. It is reported officially as 43.6 miles in length, but has been measured by users at 44.5 miles. It wanders through the foothills in of the Appalachian Mountains through forests, fields, meadows and wetlands. It goes through an area with a colorful history.
It is on an old rail-line, of the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad and is paved. It is very suitable for walking, running, cycling and skating.
It is located in north central Missisippi. The official start is in Houston, Mississippi, about 25 miles from Tupelo, Mississippi. Here are the towns along the way, south to north:
o Houston (0.0 Mile Marker (MM))
o New Houlka (9.9 MM)
o Algoma (19.3 MM)
o Pontotoc (25.8 MM)
o Ecru (32.6 MM)
o Ingomar 37.1 (MM)
o New Albany (43.6 MM)
Each town that it goes through has its own unique history and charm.
There are three Trailheads planned to be established for the Tanglefoot Trail, one at the Southern terminus at Houston, one in the middle (called a gateway)in Pontotoc and one at the Northern Terminus in New Albany. These Trailheads will, once completed, will provide parking, pavilion areas with restrooms, water, benches, picnic tables, and informational kiosks. Along the way, in Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma, and New Houlka, there are four ‘Whistle Stops’. Whistle Stops are facilities with parking, restrooms, water fountains, bike racks, benches and picnic tables.