While every community in Northeastern Mississippi is a gem, we wanted to take some time to put the spotlight on a special place: Union County.
Home to the bustling city of New Albany — named the winner of USA Today’s Best Southern Small Town by reader’s choice last year — residents of Union County never run out of things to see, do, and experience. Read on to find out more about this unique community, and find your new home here today!
Discover Stunning Parks
Have you ever wanted to explore Mississippi’s longest Rails to Trails journey? The 43.6 mile-long Tanglefoot Trail starts its winding journey in New Albany and stretches through the length of Union County and beyond. Taking hikers through meadows, forests, and riversides, the Tanglefoot Trail is an equally scenic and historic adventure.
Much of Union County — including Myrtle, New Albany, and Ingomar — is tucked right on the edge of the Holly Springs National Forest. The forest is filled with miles of luscious trails, thousands of acres of vegetation, and sparkling lakes.
Explore Local History
Did you know that Union County actually played a significant role in US history? The site of several Civil War sites, the Union County Heritage Museum is dedicated to educating residents about and preserving artifacts from hundreds of years ago. Plus, they have tons of pieces from New Albany’s most famous residents, William Faulkner!
Dated at nearly 2,200 years old, the man-made Ingomar Mounds are a testament to the ingenuity of the ancestors of Union County. Smithsonian archeologists have even excavated the ruins! Some of the unearthed artifacts are on display in both the Smithsonian and the Union County Heritage Museum.
Enjoy Local Flavors
You might think that the smaller size of Union County prevents any sort of five-star or unique dining experiences. But Downtown New Albany is home to a host of delicious and diverse dining options!
Get your share of authentic Italian food — pastas, tortellinis, ravioli, you name it — at Ciao Chow. The owners even visit Italy regularly to learn new recipes and practice their skills! Reminisce on the good old times with a trip to the Vintage Market, an old-time soda fountain that serves tasty sandwiches, ice cream treats, and classic candies. Lastly, for a more upscale choice, try out the innovative Rainey Restaurant. Ushering in a new era of Southern cuisine, the Rainey specializes in using local flavors to create iconic dishes.
Shop ‘Til You Drop
If you love antiques and local goods, then New Albany is the perfect shopping destination for you. In Downtown New Albany alone, there are four different antique shops — ReDesigning Women, Just Karma, Bab’s Something Different, and Riverside Antiques & Flea Market. Find clothing, furniture, art, electronics, and more as you browse through their selection of treasures.
Are you passionate about supporting local businesses? The Calico Mushroom is a gift shop filled with a mixture of local wares and handmade pieces, perfect for finding an accent piece for your home or a gift for a friend of family member.
Find Your Home in Union County
With so much to do and see, it’s no wonder that Union County residents love to call their communities home. Union County offers expansive state and national parks and some of the best restaurants in the Northern Mississippi region. Explore what your life could be like in Union County, and find your new home here.