An hour south of Memphis, nestled between the rolling hills of North Mississippi and the banks of the Tallahatchie River, is the charming town of New Albany. Here, perhaps, the only thing more alluring than the vibrant, historic downtown is the dynamic, outdoor-inspired quality of life.
Known for its impressive collection of locally-owned antique stores, specialty shops, galleries and independent clothiers, New Albany is not only bursting with unique shopping opportunities but also teeming with seasonal festivals, farmer’s markets and community events. Voted “Best Southern Small Town” by USA Today in 2017 and “Most Beautiful Small Town in Mississippi” by House Beautiful in 2020, New Albany offers visitors a brick-and-mortar experience that is second only to its environmental one.
Most notably is the Tanglefoot Trail, a 44-mile hiking and biking trail that originates in downtown New Albany and concludes in Houston, Miss. The state’s longest Rails-to-Trails corridor, the Tanglefoot Trail weaves its way through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, while along the way winding past picturesque towns and countryside. In the late-nineteenth century, the historic trail was part of a railway constructed by author William Faulkner’s great grandfather, and prior to that, the trail was traversed by Chickasaw King Ishtehotopah and the explorers Hernando de Soto and Meriwether Lewis.