Mississippi’s longest Rails to Trails conversion is a paved ten foot wide biking and hiking trail that meanders through the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the Mississippi Hills National Heritage Area. The trail begins in historic downtown New Albany and continues 44 miles through scenic villages and countryside to its conclusion Houston, Mississippi. The trail is available for use free of charge every day of the year from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset. You can bring your own bike or rent one in town. Transportation services available.
100 E Bankhead | (662) 488-6979
HISTORIC DOWNTOWN NEW ALBANY
Listed on the National Register, New Albany’s thriving downtown area includes parks, specialty shops, eateries, antique stores and more.
Bankhead and Main Streets | (662) 534-3438
INGOMAR INDIAN MOUNDS
During what is known as the “Middle Woodland” period (100 B.C. - 400 A.D.) inhabitants of the area constructed mounds using simple tools and baskets. While individual Indian mounds can be found throughout the Southeast, the Ingomar Mounds was major mound complex consisting of a large flat-topped mound surrounded by 11 - 13 conical mounds. This ceremonial and burial complex has been one of considerable interest since first excavated in 1885 by the Smithsonian Institution. Evidence from from the construction and unearthed objects, including bones, pottery, arrowheads, beads, glass and silver, indicate that the complex was used for centuries. The complex is free and open to the public. Throughout the year the Union County Heritage Museum hosts events at the complex that include stargazing, drum circles, interpretive programs and more.
County Road 96, off Hwy 15 S | (662) 538-0014
UNION COUNTY HERITAGE MUSEUM
One of the best museums in the area that focuses on the Hill Country region of North Mississippi, and Union County in particular, the UCHM features an interpretive timeline of life in the area from prehistoric fossils up until the modern age. Included is information on the Chickasaws, the first European settlers, the Civil War, Reconstruction and New Albany’s most famous son, Pulitzer and Nobel Prize winning author, William Faulkner. An outdoor exhibit includes the award-winning Faulkner Garden (adjacent to the plot on which Faulkner’s childhood home stood) which features plants indigenous to the area and offers many interpretive events that explain the way of life of the settlers of the area. As well, the museum offers monthly events and excursions for varied interests.
The museum is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 - 5 and Saturdays from 10 - 3. Admission is by donation.
114 Cleveland Street | (662) 538-0014
PARK ALONG THE RIVER NEW ALBANY ARBORETUM
Just off downtown on Main Street, this popular nature trail along the Tallahatchie river includes a playground, picnic areas, a pavilion and paved walking paths. The paths cross the Tallahatchie river via footbridge and continue for approximately one mile through Freedom Park to the BNA Sportsplex.
217 Carter Ave. | (662) 534-4354
NEW ALBANY DISC GOLF COURSE
This is a medium level difficulty course that begins at Park Along the River and continues along the Tallahatchie Trail to the BNA Sportsplex. FREE.
217 Carter Ave. | (662) 534-4354
WOLF HOWL ANIMAL PRESERVE
The Wolf Howl Animal preserve features... you guessed it: wolves and wolf pups! Tours are offered at this preserve where you will get to view wolves and learn about habitat, behaviors and more. If you're lucky, you'll be able to witness scent rolling and howling demonstrations (the wolves are not trained, so they may not always perform). As well, your hosts will be happy to answer any questions you have about their wolves or the species in general. After hearing about our Wolves, you may visit our Log Cabin Gift Shop that features a great variety of Wolf and Wildlife related gift items. Afterwards, feel free to sit on a rocker on the gift shop porch and just simply watch the Wolves. $5 admission. School and Church Group discounts. Advanced reservations required.
1177 State Road 355, Etta, Mississippi | 662-534-8112
HIGH POINT COFFEE ROASTERS
High Point Coffee Roasters, Inc. was founded in 2004 with the goal of being the best specialty coffee roaster in Mississippi. We believe we have exceeded our goal, as our coffee can now be found in coffee shops from New Jersey to New Orleans and is enjoyed by the likes of Bill Cosby, John Grisham, and the Baltimore Ravens. And we, of course, continue to serve the folks in Mississippi the best specialty coffee you can buy. The highest quality coffee beans from 14 countries are imported and then transformed in original, distinctive roasts by our owner and Master Roaster, Dan Skinner, who was trained at the West Coast Specialty Coffee Institute in San Francisco. We sell just about anything a coffee shop needs to succeed, and we also sell retail from our roastery here in New Albany as well as from our website. If you’re looking for the ultimate coffee experience, please stop by! We love to have visitors. Watch us roast, and then try some freshly-brewed coffee. Our roasting hours are Monday-Thursday 8am-5pm and Friday 8am-4pm.
739 HWY 15 NORTH | (662) 534-9797
Cotton State League Baseball
The Cotton States College, High School and Junior High Leagues provide local players the opportunity to maintain and improve their baseball skills during the off-season in a competitive environment. Founded in 2009, the league has grown to include two (2) seasons and over twenty five (25) teams. The Cotton States Leagues operate at a single site located conveniently off of US 78 (future I-22) in New Albany, Mississippi on the renovated fields at the BNA Bank Park, the baseball home of the Cotton States Baseball League, the Blue Mountain College Toppers and New Albany High School.
The Cotton States Collegiate League has players enrolled from all over the country and from all classifications (Division I, II, III and NAIA). All the teams compete at BNA Park on newly renovated Legion Field.
High School and Jr. High Players typically come from a 150 mile radius and represent schools from all classifications, including private and public institutions. During the July season, games are played on the weekend and on weeknights, other than Wednesday night. During the Fall season, games are only played on Saturdays and Sundays and all attempts to avoid home SEC football games at MSU or Ole Miss are made.
(662) 534-9280 | www.mississippiselectsports.com