According to MenaArkansas.us, “the biggest reason to visit is for the great outdoors and the rich history. Mena is located in the west central portion of Arkansas, nestled with in the Ouachita National Mountains with cascading streams, bass-filled lakes and a million and a half acres of pristine forests”.
Links to some of our area attractions:
Local & Close By
Arkansas - The Natural State
Arkansas Destinations. Central, Lower Delta, North Central, Northwest, Southwest, Upper Delta. Use the map to learn more about each destination.
Crater of Diamonds State Park
One of the only places in the world where the public can search for real diamonds in their original volcanic source, Crater of Diamonds is a one-of-a-kind experience that brings people from all over the world to Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
Hot Springs – Magic Springs & Crystal Falls
Magic Springs Theme and Water Park is located in beautiful Hot Springs, Arkansas and offers the state’s only theme park, water park and concert amphitheater in one location for one low price.
Oaklawn Racing Casino Resort
Located in beautiful Hot Springs, AR, is one of the premier Thoroughbred racetracks in the country since 1904. With a hotel and plenty of meeting space in addition to racing, gaming, dining, sports betting and entertainment, Oaklawn is a world-class tourist destination where you can stay, play and get away.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Located atop Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest peak, Queen Wilhelmina offers some of the most breathtaking views in the state from the fully renovated lodge. Travel the Talimena National Scenic Byway to this park and its lofty setting. This site is as rich in history as it is in scenery.
Talimena National Scenic Byway
Explore the golden valleys of a majestic byway and discover historic towns along the way. The Talimena Scenic Drive offers you more than 50 miles of the most breathtaking vistas our states have to offer.
Let Mena be your basecamp for mountain adventures! Come and Visit Mena for hiking, biking, trail riding, shopping, great dining, and more!
Winding Stair Mountain National Recreation Area
The recreational area consists of 26,445 acres (107.02 km2), comprising the Winding Stair Mountains, several campgrounds, an 85 acres (340,000 m2) lake and many hiking trails. It lies mostly within LeFlore County, Oklahoma.
Ouachita Outdoor Activities
Blue Zip Line & Farm
Come experience the thrill of our zip line canopy tour located on a working cattle ranch just outside of Mena, Arkansas, in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains. Soar among 300 year old Oak trees on our zip line tour on the banks of the Irons Fork River.
Wolf Pen Gap ATV Rentals
Located at 1167 Polk Road 61 (Heath Valley Road), less than a mile from the north trail head of the Wolf Pen Gap trails. You can actually park here and pick up your ATV rental and ride out directly to the trails! No trailering required. We offer full day, multi-day, and half-day rentals.
Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area
This park-natural area extends for 12 miles along the National Wild and Scenic Cossatot River. The river forms Cossatot Falls, a rocky canyon with Class IV rapids for experienced kayakers and canoeists when local rainfall increases the watershed.
Hunting & Fishing
Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission’s mission is to conserve and enhance Arkansas’s fish and wildlife and their habitats while promoting sustainable use, public understanding and support.
A forum community dedicated to Arkansas hunters and enthusiasts. Come join the discussion about optics, trails, clubs, gunsmithing, styles, reviews, accessories, classifieds, and more!
Lake Ouachita State Park
Arkansas’s largest lake, Lake Ouachita offers 40,000 acres of clear, clean water surrounded by the scenic Ouachita National Forest. Swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, kayaking, and fishing are enjoyed here. Bream, crappie, catfish, striped bass, and largemouth bass can be caught in open waters or quiet coves.
Mt. Magazine State Park
At the peak of the state park experience is Mount Magazine, Arkansas’s highest point at 2,753 feet. People come for the sweeping views alone, but there is much to see and do from this unique spot. Mount Magazine State Park is a place of relaxation, exploration, nature study, and is within the Ozark-St. Francis National Forests.
Petit Jean State Park
Petit Jean State Park is a 3,471-acre park in Conway County, Arkansas managed by the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. It is located atop Petit Jean Mountain adjacent to the Arkansas River in the area between the Ouachita Mountains and Ozark Plateaus.
The Historic Depot!
Mena – Kansas City Southern Depot
Restored historic Kansas City Southern depot; serves as a museum of local history, including a room dedicated to Arkansas natives Lum n’ Abner; the Ouachitas series paintings by local renowned artist Monta Black Philpot which one hung in the national rotunda; and a restored 1939 Dodge police car; free tours available.
Local information can be found in the restored Mena Kansas City Southern Depot which also serves as a tourist information center.
The depot is located at 524 Sherwood Avenue, Mena, Arkansas 71953.
This building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, also houses local history exhibits and railroad memorabilia.