Things To See And Do

Mena, Arkansas and Nearby Area Attractions

Mena, Arkansas is located in Polk County and is surrounded by the beautiful Ouachita Mountains in western Arkansas. Mena and the surrounding areas boast some of the most beautiful scenery and offer outdoor activities including ATV riding, fishing, hiking, hunting and river rafting, as well as local “small town” cultural experiences and events.

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Below Is A Collection Of Our Favorite Resources

Wolf Pen Gap Trails
The Epic 50+ mile trail system closes periodically in the winter, but there are over 200 miles of trails open year-round and accessible, right from your campsite.

Ouachita National Forest - Wolf Pen Gap

Official website providing area information including area status, current conditions, and map of the Wolf Pen Gap trail system.

Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex | RiderPlanet USA

Free trail maps, driving directions, regulations, fees and camping information for Wolf Pen Gap Trail Complex in Arkansas. (AR trails and MX tracks)

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ATV Rental
Be sure your vacation is full of fun and adventure. Check out an ATV rental service for your on-road or off-road trail experience.

Trailhead ATV Rentals

We are a rental company in the Mena area based at 115 Polk Road 55 in Nunley, just off Highway 8. We are here to provide ATV/UTV rentals for exploring the nearby trails and National Forest. We are less than three miles from Wolf Pen Gap.

Wolf Pen Gap ATV Rentals

ATV Rentals and Guided Tours for Wolf Pen Gap Riding Trails Ouachita Mountains Mena Arkansas

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Gen. Information
Our small town atmosphere offers many events and attractions that are scheduled throughout the year. To acquire about activities through the year contact the Mena/Polk county Chamber of Commerce. (479) 394-2912

Arkansas Game & Fish Commission

The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission handles habitat management, fish stocking, hunting and fishing regulations, and a host of other programs.

Arkansas State Parks

Visit Arkansas’s state parks and experience our unique blend of outdoor adventure. Find a state park near you and discover trails, events, lodging and activities.

City of Mena, AR - Official Site

Mena, Arkansas is home to picturesque fall colors, outdoor destinations attracting tourists from all over the world, antique shops, and a friendly hometown feeling.

Mena Weather Information

Weather alerts, real-time weather conditions, accurate hourly forecasts & 10-day forecasts, over a dozen weather maps including Doppler radar, satellite, lightning alerts, precipitation, local temperature, local pressure, local radar, wind chill, heat index, humid, wind, pollen, UV and much more!

Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce

The Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce is the oldest & largest business organization in Polk County. Business directory, tourism information, calendar of events.

Ouachita ATV Club

Ouachita ATV Club is based in Mena Arkansas, surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest.There are several ATV trail systems within an hour’s drive of Mena, the Wolfpen Gap Trail system being the closest and largest with access only 7 miles from town. We are a club that is family oriented, Promoting ATV safety & responsible “Tread Lightly” riding habits.

Places To Shop In Mena

Souvenirs, gifts, groceries, and more. You can find pretty much anything you need in Mena.

The Mena Star

Local news source covering Polk County since 1896.

USDA - Ouachita National Forest Information

The Ouachita National Forest covers 1.8 million acres in central Arkansas and southeastern Oklahoma. Enjoy camping, hiking, biking, scenic driving, trail riding, water recreation, fishing, hunting, and more!

Visit Mena

We may not be the ‘big city’, but our hospitality is big and our land, forest and mountain range is known as God’s Country for a reason.

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Area Attractions
Mena and the surrounding area are probably best known for its Outdoor Recreation… but we are also home to some very distinct attractions.

Board Camp Campground and Crystal Mine

Dig your very own all natural quartz crystals right from the actual earth of the mine! No tailings piles! We show you how! You WILL find crystals! And experience the UnXplained Tours! What is the cause of the continuing strange lights and phenomena happening at the Crystal Mine?

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. Brushy Creek Recreation Area offers picnic sites, restrooms, and river access. Tent sites (no hookups) are located at the Cossatot Falls Area (six sites), Sandbar Area (15 sites), and Ed Banks Area (two sites).

Lum & Abner

Chester “Chet” Lauck ( Lum Eddards) and Norris ‘Tuffy” Goff (Abner Peabody) were the creators, actors, writers, sound effects men, directors, and the life of the “Lum ‘N’ Abner” Program. They received more fan mail than any radio program of the time- one and a half million letters one special week!

Mena Art Gallery

Mena Art Gallery is located in the small town of Mena, Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mountains. We support individual and community involvement in the creative arts…

Mena Kansas City Southern Depot

Restored historic Kansas City Southern depot located in downtown Mena, AR; 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.

Ouachita Little Theater

We are the performing arts organization in the town of Mena, Polk County, in the Western Frontier of Arkansas. OLT encourages the development and showcasing of local talent in children and adults and provides the venue for their talent to be spotlighted in its theater at 610 Mena Street in downtown Mena.

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. The original lodge was built in the late 1800s as a Victorian resort named Wilhelmina Inn to honor the young Queen of the Netherlands. Two inns followed the original “Castle in the Sky.” The latest inn is today’s park lodge, the crowning attraction at Queen Wilhelmina State Park.

Talimena National Scenic Byway

Come explore the Talimena Scenic Drive as it stretches across the very top of the Ouachita Mountains in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The Byway offers 54 miles of spectacular views and incredible scenery.

The Blue - Zip Line & Farm

Zipline canopy tour located on a historic farm outside of Mena, Arkansas in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains. We’re autism friendly, hence the name “Blue”.

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Area Restaurants
Mena has a number of casual dining and fast food restaurants to choose from. Here are a few of our favorites.

Branding Iron BBQ & Steak House

We proudly serve only upper choice, certified Black Angus steaks from the Omaha Steak Company. Whether you prefer a rib eye, New York strip, or aged sirloin, your steak will be hand cut and grilled to perfection.

Chicollo's Food Emporium

Chicollo’s Food Emporium specializes in a variety of sandwiches, BBQ, street tacos, fresh cut fries, and nachos. Look for our daily specials

Chiquita's Mexican Restaurant

A fantastic local alternative to Taco Bell. Mexican fast food. Tacos, burritos, platters, fajitas, and even desserts. The food is a must try and the service is fast and friendly.

Chopping Block Steakhouse

We have our freshly cut meat on display with the option to choose your own steak, a warm and inviting atmoshere, perfect for a drink after work or dinner with friends and family. Also enjoy the owners artwork by William Rainey on display in our beautiful real log cabin.

Fully Baked Cakery & Cafe

Fully Baked Cafe and Cakery is a small, family run business that offers delicious, scratch made meals and dessert with real ingredients.

La Villa

La Villa is a family owned restaurant that strives to provide your family and friends with a delightful eating experience. Thank you for making us your choice for authentic Mexican food.

Little Italy II

Welcome to Little Italy II in Mena! Serving authentic Italian recipes. Owned and operated by the same family of Ari’s Little Italy in Glenwood, an Arkansas favorite since 2007. Homemade pastas and pizzas, soups, chicken, steaks, veal, seafood and more. Offering new specials nightly. Party room available by reservation.

Myers Cruizzers Drive-In

This restaurant is a very cute 50’s style, old school, drive in that plays old school music & only accepts cash. They have a all America menu with mostly burgers, sandwiches, fries, homemade onion rings, ice cream, shakes etc.,

New China Chinese Restuarant

A favorite in the town. Buffet or menu. 8 food bars, all full of great, tasty, flavorful foods. Fried shrimp, boiled shrimp, shrimp vegetable dish, soups, appetizers, fresh vegetables, lo mein,rice noodles, dumplings, fried fish, crab salad, fruit, cookies, cakes and ice cream.

Ouachita Coffee Roasters

It’s our desire to inspire this community to drink more coffee, adventure, and pursue what they love. Come visit our coffee bar and experience the welcoming and inspiring atmosphere that will leave counting the minutes until your next coffee break

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Seasonal Events

Lum & Abner Festival

The Lum & Abner Festival is an annual festival that takes place the first weekend of June. The festival includes activities for all ages, live music, free concerts, arts and crafts, great food, fishing derbies, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, 5K run, classic car show, baby crawlin’ contest, Kiddie Korner with inflatables, and much more!

Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run: Car Show

The Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run, 42 years running, in downtown Mena, Arkansas and atop beautiful Rich Mountain draws car enthusiasts from all over.

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