Located just outside of New Albany on the William Faulkner Scenic Highway, the Wolf Howl Animal Preserve is located on 33 acres of forests and fields. With six adult wolves on site (and oftentimes wolf puppies) the preserve is a great place to learn about this fascinating animal. Along with guided tours by the owners, there are also scent rolling and howling demonstrations. Since the wolves are ‘wild’ and not completely accustomed to humans, tours are for smaller groups only and are made by appointment from May 1st until October 31st.
The northernmost gateway to the 44-mile Tanglefoot Trail, a “rails-to-trails” that transformed William Faulkner’s great-grandfather’s railroad into Mississippi’s longest bike trail is located in the center of downtown New Albany. The trail runs from New Albany, through villages and towns to its terminus in Houston, Mississippi. The trail has become extremely popular with cyclists around the region due to the beauty of its surroundings, few crossings and relatively easy, flat terrain. Being downtown, the trailhead plaza offers close access to a coffee shop, restaurants and bike rentals as well as live, family-friendly weekend entertainment during the spring and fall, when the area is at its most beautiful.
Those who love coffee and have wondered about the process of roasting it will enjoy a visit to High Point Coffee Roasters. High Point imports coffee from 14 different countries and roasts it on site every day and then ships the coffee around the country. Customers include John Grisham and Bill Cosby and High Point is the official coffee of the Baltimore Ravens. Visitors are welcome to tour the facility to watch the process and sample the freshly roasted beans.
Roughly a mile off the Tanglefoot Trail (and also accessible by car) the adventurous will encounter the Ingomar Mounds. The mounds were created by Native Americans during what is known as the ‘Middle Woodland’ period which lasted between 100 B.C. and 400 A.D. While individual mounds can be found throughout the Southeast, the Ingomar Mounds was a major mound complex consisting of a single large flat-topped mound surrounded by twelve smaller conical mounds. First excavated by the Smithsonian in 1885, interest in the complex has endured now for over a century. The complex is free and open to the public and often plays host to events such as stargazing, drum circles, interpretive programs and more.