NEW HOULKA, Miss. (WTVA) -- New Houlka leaders are excited about the paving of the Tanglefoot Trail in town almost being completed.
They say it puts them closer to when the trail will be open to the public.
"Everyone's excited because we're hoping that it'll bring in people, industry....We've lost several of our industries here. We've lost our bank, and we're hoping that this Tanglefoot Trail will bring in a lot of new people. We hear that bike groups come from miles around," said Janie Tutor, the town's deputy city clerk.
The Tanglefoot Trail is part of the Mississippi Rails to Trails program. It converts old rail lines into recreational tracks for walkers and cyclists.
The trail will run from New Albany to Houston.
Tutor says the town plans to add signs along the trail to give visitors a chance to see some of the landmarks in town.
She adds the trail should be finished by next year.