The Tanglefoot Trail®, at a length of 43.6 miles, is Mississippi's longest Rails to Trails conversion.

Opened in September 2013, the trail follows the abandoned Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad line from Houston, MS to New Albany, MS and is managed by the GM&O Rails to Trails Recreational District.

Experience the history of the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area as you travel down the path of the Chickasaws, Meriwether Lewis and the railroad built by Col. William C. Falkner, great-grandfather of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. The southern 19 miles of the trail parallels the path of the original Natchez Trace.

Trail facilities include four whistle stops (with bathrooms) in Ingomar, Ecru, Algoma, and New Houlka. Public parking is available at each of the whistle stops as well as in New Albany, Pontotoc, and Houston.

Rules, Regulations, Trail Etiquette and Safety

  • Petroleum-propelled vehicles (cars, trucks, ATV’s, motorcycles, etc) are not permitted on the trail.
  • Entrance to the Trail is authorized only at public roads, Whistle Stops and other points of access designated by the District.
  • Trail users shall not leave District property to access private property along the Trail without the consent of the private property owner. Trail users shall not access streams, ponds or lakes along or beneath the Trail for any purpose.
  • Please note the Tanglefoot Trail crosses county roads and private drives in a variety of places. Public crossings are marked with signage in both directions and please be observant when you approach these locations.
  • Everyone is encouraged to carry a cell phone when using the trail.
  • Bicyclists ride single file when meeting or being overtaken by other Trail users.
  • Pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
  • Keep dogs under control. Use a leash. Remove waste droppings from the Trail.
  • For a complete list of Rules & Regulations and Etiquette and Safety - see:

Trailheads & Whistle Stops

Houston Trailhead (facility coming soon) - milepost 0
583 W Church Street
Houston, MS

New Houlka Whistlestop - milepost 9.9
205 West Front Street
New Houlka, MS

Algoma Whistlestop - milepost 19.3
24 Weeks Street
Algoma, MS

Pontotoc Gateway - milepost 25.1
121 South College Street
Parking available:
Parking available: Pontotoc System Warehouse and north end of Reeder’s Farm Supply parking lot.

Ecru Whistlestop - milepost 32.6
279 S. Railroad Avenue
Ecru, MS

Ingomar Whistlestop - milepost 37.1
1103 County Road 90
Ingomar, MS

New Albany Trailhead (facility coming soon) - milepost 43.6

Parking available:
Union County Library, W. Main Street and King Street

Tanglefoot Trail® Photo Gallery

For more information about Tanglefoot Trail®, see:

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