The Tanglefoot Trail

Mississippi's longest Rails-to-Trails conversion, it is a ten-foot wide asphalt multi-use trail meandering 43.5 miles through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. Experience a bit of our history as you pass through fields, forests, meadows and wetlands while you travel down the path of the Chickasaws and Meriwether Lewis, or the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner.

photo: Photo Type: Rail Trail
Length: 43.50 miles
Loop Trail? No
Allowed Uses: Bicycling (on pavement)
Dogs - On leash
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running
Roller/Inline Skating
Agency: City, Town, or County
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

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Directions

Location: From Houston, Mississippi to New Albany, Mississippi
States: Mississippi
Counties: Chickasaw, Pontotoc, Union
Latitude: 34.17624   Longitude: -89.03074

Houston Trailhead (Coming Soon) – 583 West Church Street, Houston, MS
From the east or west, on State Highway 8 (West Madison Street), turn south onto Pontotoc Street. At the 2nd intersection, turn right onto West Church street. Travel 3 blocks for parking at the future Trailhead on the right.
From the north or south on State Highway 15 Bypass (Grenada/Houston exit), turn east onto State Highway 8 (West Madison Street). Travel approximately 2 miles. Turn right onto Pontotoc Street. At the 2nd intersection, turn right onto West Church Street. Travel 3 blocks for parking at the future Trailhead on the right.
From the Natchez Trace Parkway, exit at the Houston/Aberdeen exit. Turn left toward Houston onto State Highway 8. Travel approximately 3.5 miles to Pinson (Couthouse) Square. Continue West. Turn left onto Pontotoc Street. At the 2nd intersection turn right on to West Church street. Travel 3 blocks to the Trailhead on the left.
New Houlka Whistle Stop – 205 West Front Street, New Houlka, MS
From the north or south on State Highway 15, turn west onto State Highway 32. Travel 1 mile into town. Cross the Tanglefoot Trail. Turn South (left) onto West Front Street. Proceed to the Whistle Stop on the left.
Algoma Whistle Stop – 24 Weeks Street, Pontotoc, MS
From the north or south on State Highway 15, turn west onto Pontotoc County Road 123 (Algoma Road). Travel 1.5 miles to the Tanglefoot Trail. Turn south (left) onto Front Street. Proceed to the Whistle Stop on Weeks Street.
Pontotoc Gateway (Coming Soon)
From the north or south on State Highway 15 follow signs into Pontotoc. Turn East onto West Reynolds Street. Parking for Trail access is at 140 West Reynolds Street, Pontotoc gas system Warehouse.
From the north or south on I-55, take exit 243A onto East US Highway 278 (State Highway 6). Travel 52 miles to Pontotoc. Exit south onto State Highway 15. Follow signs into Pontotoc. Turn East onto West Reynolds Street. Parking for Trail access is at 140 West Reynolds Street, Pontotoc Gas System Warehouse.
From east or west US Highway 78 (Future I-22) at Sherman, MS, exit west onto State Highway 9 to Pontotoc. Travel 11 miles. Cross US Highway 278 (State Highway 6). Continue straight as Highway 9 becomes North Main Street. Cross West Oxford Street; turn right onto West Reynolds Street. Cross the Trail for available parking at 140 West Reynolds Street, Pontotoc Gas System Warehouse.
Ecru Whistle Stop – 279 South Railroad Avenue, Ecru, MS
From north or south on State Highway 15, turn east onto State Highway 345 (Main Street). Travel .5 miles. Turn right onto Railroad Avenue. Proceed to the Whistle Stop on the left.
Ingomar Whistle Stop – 1103 County Road 90, New Albany, MS
From north or south on State Highway 15, turn west onto Union County Road 101. Travel 1.5 miles. Turn right onto County Road 90. Proceed to Whistle Stop on left.
New Albany Trailhead (Coming Soon) – Carter Avenue, New Albany, MS
From east or west on US Highway 78 (Future I-22), take the Downtown New Albany exit. Turn north onto Carter Avenue. Travel 1 mile. Turn right into City Parking Lot at the Union County Library.
From north or south State Highway 15, exit onto US Highway 78 west. Travel .3 mile. Take the Downtown New Albany exit. Turn north onto Carter Avenue. Travel 1 mile. Turn right into City Parking Lot at the Union County Library.

Description

Long Description of The Tanglefoot Trail

The Tanglefoot Trail (TM), owned and operated by the GM&O Recreational District of North Mississippi, consists of 43.5 miles of asphalt trail ten feet wide. The Trail extends from Houston to New Albany, Mississippi. The Trail runs through or near Houston, New Houlka, Algoma, Pontotoc, Ecru, Ingomar and New Albany.

There are plans for Trailheads to be located in the cities of New Albany, Pontotoc and Houston, . These buildings will be larger than the Whistle Stops in Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma and New Houlka. They will provide for Trail orientation, maps, logo sales, bike rentals, restrooms, etc. The Whistle Stops along the Trail will provide rest areas for users which will include restrooms, a water fountain, bike rack, benches, picnic table, vending area, waste receptacles and parking and serve as an entrance to the Trail between the larger municipalities. Interpretive signage for historic sites along the Trail are being developed.

Planning for the conversion of the abandoned rail line to a recreational trail began in the Spring of 2004 and was opened in September, 2013. Funding is provided from both public and private funds. Each town and county through which the Trail passes contributes ¼ mill of their tax base to support the Trail and over 100 private Sponsors provide a significant portion of the total budget. The Tanglefoot Trail meanders through the rural countryside of Northeast Mississippi, offering multi-use recreational opportunities for many area individuals and travelers. The benefits to the communities in the area, to the region and state include: environmental, education, health, transportation, recreation, social, economic, and tourism. This trail first blazed by Indians was again followed by early explorers, Hernando De Soto and later, Meriwether Lewis. Ishtehotopah, the last Chickasaw king, built his home nearby. As Union troops made their way south, Col. Benjamin Grierson followed the same King’s Highway. As communities were reconstructed and others formed, Col. W.C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner, began his quest to build a railroad. One engine, the “Tanglefoot”, performed admirably as the line was constructed. In a new century, the Tanglefoot will offer opportunities for young and old; walkers, runners, skaters, cyclists, and local citizens and visitors to experience the history of this area in the hills of Mississippi.

RULES AND REGULATIONS

County and municipal law enforcement officials in Chickasaw, Pontotoc and Union counties are authorized to patrol and enforce local laws as well as the GM&O Rails-to-Trails Recreational District rules and regulations. Violations shall be punishable as provided by state law. The following lists the rules and regulations adopted by the GM&O Rails-to-Trails District with an effective date of August 17, 2013:

• Unless otherwise posted, the Trail and other District property shall open daily thirty (30) minutes prior to sunrise and close thirty (30) minutes after sunset each day.
• Entrance to the Trail is authorized only at public roads, Whistle Stops and other points of entrance designated by the District. Trail users shall not leave District property and access private property along the Trail without the consent of the private property owner.
• Parking facilities are provided at Whistle Stops and other points of entrance designated by the District. Parking facilities shall be designated by appropriate signage posted by the District.
• Trail users shall obey all Federal, State and Local laws and trail signage.
• Trail users shall not access streams, ponds or lakes along or beneath the Trail for any purpose.
• No person under 12 years of age shall be allowed on District property unless accompanied by an adult.
• Petroleum-propelled vehicles (cars, trucks, ATV’s, motorcycles, etc.) are not permitted on the Trail except those emergency, maintenance and patrol vehicles authorized by the District.
• Electric “golf-type” carts are permitted on the Trail only after application & receipt of a “special-use permit & decal” issued annually by the Trail Manager.
• No dog(s) shall be allowed on District property unless confined by a leash and accompanied by the owner. Waste deposited by dog(s) on District property shall be immediately removed by the owner of the dog(s).
• Horses or equestrian riders shall not be allowed on District property until such time as the District is able to identify & develop an “equestrian trail” on designated areas owned by the District.
• Camping on District property is prohibited.
• Fires are prohibited on District property.
• No person shall dispose of litter on District property except in waste containers provided by the District.
• Vandalism of any building, structure, plant, sign or other District property is prohibited.
• Moving, removing or re-arranging of any District sign, marker or other District property is prohibited.
• Disturbing vegetation and the handling or feeding of wildlife on/along the Trail or other District property is prohibited.
• No glass containers shall be permitted on District property.
• Explosives or fireworks shall be prohibited on District property.
• Firearms of any kind are prohibited on District property except for authorized District personnel, law enforcement officers or by appropriate permit.
• Shooting a firearm on, over, across or down the Trail or other District property is prohibited.
• Hunting or fishing is prohibited on or from District property.
• Possession or use of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs on District property is prohibited.
• Disorderly conduct, including but not limited to abusive language, intoxication, disturbance of other persons and breach of peace, are prohibited on District property.
• Any and all Trail advertising, exhibitions, solicitations and contributions are prohibited except by special permit authorized and issued by the District.

Violations of the rules and regulations listed above shall be punishable as provided by state law. Individuals guilty of multiple violations of the aforementioned rules and regulations may be banned from use or access of the Trail or other District property.

Additional Details

Width: 120 inches.
Primary Surface: Asphalt
Secondary Surface: None
Average Grade: 1%
Elevation Low Point: 319
Elevation High Point: 441
Year Designated: 2015

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Brochure: Brochure
Map: Map
Website: Tanglefoot Trail

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Public Contact:
Don Locke
Trail Manager
GM&O Rails to Trails Recreational District of N MS
Three Rivers Planning & Development District
P.O. Box 690
Pontotoc , MS 38863
(662) 489-2415
dlocke@trpdd.com

 

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