Mena, Arkansas is known for being a fabulous outdoor destination, with fall colors and a warm, small town vibe. There are plenty of wonderful attractions in the the great outdoors close to Mena.
Top attractions include the Talimena National Scenic Byway, awe inspiring during fall for the colors of the leaves. The drive is a 54 mile route covering the high mountain ranges between the Rockies and the Appalachians.
Queen Whilemena State Park is popular for its 360 degree views and for the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. There are also hiking trails here plus a miniature train at the Mountain Glory Station where you can take in the wonderful views. The Ouachita National Forest is the South’s largest national forest and is well known for its incredible wilderness, animal and plant life, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, and sprigs plus miles of trails, forests, and unspoiled beauty to be explored. White water rafting is possible down at the Cossatot River State Park although it is a rugged and wild stretch with up to class V rapids. In downtown Mena itself visitors will find streets rich in history with buildings and landmarks like Mena's historical commercial district.
Autumn is outstandingly beautiful in the Ouachitas, inspiring artists, and photographers to take to the back country roads and mountains or even in the historic downtown to take in the leaves in all their glory.