Tanglefoot Trail opens for public use Saturday, Sept. 21

The Board of Directors of the GM&O Rails-to-Trails Recreational District of North Mississippi announced Monday the public the official opening of the “Rails to Trails” project known as the Tanglefoot Trail. The Trail, which begins at Houston (at milepost 281.0) and ends at New Albany, (at milepost 325.53), approximately 44.53 miles, will open for public use on Saturday, Sept. 21, 30 minutes prior to sunrise (approximately 6:43 a.m.). However, the public is advised to take note that a short section of the trail will remain closed, until further notice, from mile marker 42.55 to mile marker 42.69 in New Albany. The closed section is defined by a visible construction area, and with road closed barricades, located at a south closure point of 400 feet south of Highway 78 (Interstate 22 Designated) overpass and a north closure point just north of the Carter Avenue North Trail crossing.
“We’re excited to officially open this trail for the public’s enjoyment and look forward to the continued development and additional enhancements. We are grateful to all entities that made this possible,” said Betsey Hamilton, chairman of the GM&O Board of Directors. Vice-Chairman Joyce East said, “It’s been a long diligent process and on behalf of the board we’re excited to achieve this momentous day and eagerly anticipate further developments for our citizens as well as recreational and tourism opportunities for North Mississippi.”
The public is reminded that upon official opening of the trail on Sept. 21, 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 as afforded by Mississippi Code of 1972, as amended, under Section 55-25-6. The trail rules and regulations were published on Aug. 7 and 14 in the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, Pontotoc Progress, and New Albany Gazette, on Aug. 8 and 15 in the New Albany News Exchange and on Aug. 14 and 21 in the Chickasaw Journal. Copies of the trail brochure guide that contains official rules and regulations are available upon request from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday at the Three Rivers Planning & Development District, Pontotoc. Trail brochure guides are also available at Union County Development Association, New Albany; Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce, Pontotoc; and Chickasaw Development Foundation, Houston.
This project is partially funded by a Transportation Enhancement grant administered by MDOT, Recreational Trails Program grant from Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks, Appalachian Regional Commission grant, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation grant, private donors and the participating member counties and municipalities.
For questions about the Trail opening or other Trail related issues please contact Three Rivers Planning & Development District at (662) 489-2415.