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New trail becomes regional attraction

November 18, 2013

James Wiginton, 88, of Corinth, at right, and his son Jim near completion of their walk through Tanglefoot Trail, a recently opened Rails-to-Trails Conservancy project stretching from Houston to New Albany. The Wigintons walked the entire 43.5 miles of the Tanglefoot Trail. They walked from New Albany to Ecru on Oct. 11; Ecru to Algoma on Oct. 12; Algoma to New Houlka on Nov. 7 and New Houlka to Houston on Nov. 8. (Submitted Photo)

In 2003, Mississippi Tennessee Railroad, LLC gave notice of abandonment of a stretch of railroad between Houston and New Albany. Ten years later, the former railroad is seeing traffic again, with walkers, bicyclists, and skaters treading where trains once traveled.

The 43.5-mile Tanglefoot Trail is now open, giving northeast Mississippi residents a new locale to exercise and enjoy nature.

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