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Mena, Arkansas

Mena was founded in 1896 as a railroad town at the eastern foot of Arkansas's second highest peak, Rich Mountain (elev. 2,681). It is the eastern terminus of the Talimena Scenic Drive, a 54-mile byway that travels the crests of Rich and Winding Stair mountains between Mena and Talihina, Okla. Thirteen miles northwest of Mena, the drive passes through Queen Wilhelmina State Park, which offers visitors a 38-room lodge, a restaurant, campsites and hiking trails. The byway and park provide impressive vistas of the Ouachita Mountains.

The Mena Depot Center, located in a restored 1920 railroad depot, greets the town's visitors with tourism information, art and local history exhibits and railroad memorabilia. In Janssen Park, stands an 1851 log cabin still on its original site. Located east of Mena in the Pine Ridge community, the Lum & Abner Jot 'Em Down Store & Museum houses memorabilia related to the popular 1940s radio comedy team of Lum and Abner. The late Norris Goff of Mena portrayed Abner.

Among numerous outdoor recreational opportunities in the Mena area are fishing on Lake Wilhelmina and area streams; challenging whitewater in the Cossatot River State Park/Natural Area and more peaceful float trips on the Ouachita River; hiking on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail; and riding on the Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trail. Among the many recreational assets of the Ouachita National Forest is the popular Shady Lake Recreation Area.

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Shady Lake

Food Service/Picnic Area Available Directions: Five miles southwest of Glenwood on U.S. 70; west 23 miles on Hwy. 84 to Athens, then 2 miles west on Hwy. 246. Then north at sign for 3 miles on Forest Road 38. A 25

Mena, AR Recreation

Janssen Park

Features an 1800

Mena, AR Parks

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Food Service/Picnic Area Available # of Units/Rooms: 38 Non-Smoking Rooms Available Restaurant on site/nearby Recreation Directions: 13 miles east of Mena on Hwy 88 Thirty-eight room lodge; two Queen's Rooms with fireplaces; two Regent's Rooms with whirlpool tubs, multi-spray showers;

Mena, AR State Parks

Talimena Scenic Byway

The Talimena Scenic Drive became in 2005 Arkansas's third and newest national scenic byway. The 54-mile route on Ark. 88 and Okla. 1 rides the ridges of Rich and Winding Stair mountains through the Ouachita (pronounced Wash-i-tah)

Mena, AR Scenic Byways

Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails

Directions: From U.S. 71 at Mena, take Ark. 8 east for one mile to Ark 375; turn onto Ark. 375 and go for eight miles; trail head will be near County Road 277 For all-terrain vehicles and dirt bikes, more than 40 miles of loop trails at varied levels of difficulty in the Ouachita National Forest;

Mena, AR Trails

Things to do near Mena, AR

Nashville Country Club

Course Access: PrivateHoles: 18Reserve Advance Tee Times: Yes...

Ouachita National Forest

Established in 1907, the South's oldest and one of the largest (1.6 million acres) national forest. Recreation areas such as ...

Hot Springs Golf & Country Club -Pineview

Course Access: Semi-PrivateHoles: 9Reserve Advance Tee Times: 2 days...

Gillham Lake

Directions: 16 miles north of DeQueen and six miles northeast of Gillham Called "The Bright Spot on the Cossatot," Gillham...

Clinton Sites

Visit the sites related to President Bill Clinton: his boyhood homes, high school, favorite hamburger hangout; self-guided dr...