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Tanglefoot Trail opening postponed

North Mississippi’s Tanglefoot Trail has had its opening delayed.

The multi-use recreational trail was scheduled to be open to runners, walkers, bicyclists and those on horseback Aug. 17, but that has been delayed as contractors wrap up their work.

A newsletter the Pontotoc County Chamber of Commerce and Main Street Association issued Monday said the opening date has been pushed back “at least a few more weeks.”

A grand opening ceremony was set for Aug. 17 in Houston and New Albany, which represent the northern and southern ends of the 44-mile trail.

The trail is an old Gulf Mobile & Ohio railroad bed that has been paved. Whistle stops have been added in Houlka, Ecru, Algoma and Ingomar. A study conducted last year said the trail could draw 100,000 visitors annually, and have an economic impact of about $5 million in the seven towns it passes through.

Betsey Hamilton, chairperson of the GM&O Rails to Trails Recreational District, said in June that those numbers are preliminary, and are based on data from South Mississippi’s Longleaf Trace Recreational Trail. “I don’t know we’ll be that big” immediately, Hamilton said.

Tanglefoot was paid for with a $9.6 million federal transportation grant, to go with $450,000 in state and local money.

Construction started last year.

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