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Mena and the surrounding area are probably best known for its Outdoor Recreation. But Mena is also home to some very distinctive attractions guaranteed to set us apart from the others. From Egyptian-Arabian stud horses, to restored train depot and gas station, our attractions make for a very unique vacationing experience.

Talimena National Scenic Byway

Talimena National Scenic Byway PhotoMena is the gateway to one of our country's newest national scenic byways. The splendor of this breathtaking 54 mile meandering drive is absolutely amazing. Vistas are strategically positioned along the drive to give spectators panoramic views across the Ouachitas! It is an incredible drive in any season and is the crown jewel of the region! website

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Building PhotoOne of the most popular local attractions can be found 13 miles northwest of downtown. Queen Wilhelmina State Park, also known as "The Castle in the Sky" attracts thousands to its majestic peak each year.

Cossatot River State Park Natural Area

Cossatot River State Park Natural Area ExhibitJust 45 minutes south of Mena is Arkansas’ newest State Park. The park includes 11 miles of one of the most rugged and spectacular river corridors in the central United States. With over 5,302 acres of rugged wooded slopes, outstanding geological features, cascading clear water and Class III, IV, and even Class V rapids, the Cossatot is a favorite with skilled canoeists, rafters and kayakers. Inside the facility showcases interactive exhibits of the area’s history, as well as animals, vegetation, to topography, etc. Hwy 278 West – just 9 miles west of Wickes and Hwy 71. 870-385-2201 or e-mail cossatot@arkansas.com

Southern Belle Train Rides

Man and child riding trainAll aboard! Take in the panoramic scenic beauty atop Rich Mountain on the one of the area's top attractions! Located adjacent to Queen Wilhelmina State Park . The flowers, foliage, wildlife, and clean Ouachita mountain air will bring you back to us time and again. For seasonal hours of operation and ticket prices, call 479-437-3331.

Mena Art Gallery

Mena Art GalleryLocated on Main Street and features works from local artist. The local artists give their interpretations of the area through their creative arts. It's a great way to get the real flavor of our area. Click here for a list of upcoming events.

Ouachita Little Theater

Ouachita Little Theater CastOriginally the Lyric movie theater, this restored building is now home to local playwrights and productions. It recently celebrated its 80th birthday. Click here> for a schedule of productions.

Mena / KCS Depot

Mena / KCS Depot Building PhotoReminiscent of 'days gone by,' you can almost hear the conductor shouting "All Aboard." Constructed during the passenger train era, this depot is rich in history and currently houses the Chamber of Commerce and a travel agency.The depot also serves as a musem with much of the area's local history inside. There is also a room showcasing Lum n' Abner memorabilia and another area showcasing the Ouachita series, which once hung in the national rotunda, of local renowned artist Monta Black Philpot. It also boasts a completely restored 1939 Dodge police car.Mena / KCS Depot restored 1939 Dodge police car Mena residents are very proud of the depot which was completely restored in 1987 from donations and many volunteer hours. Free tours: call 479-394-2912 for more information.

Esso Gas Station

Esso Gas StationThe 1928 restored Esso Station with rare muscle, classic, and antique cars; street rods; and motorcycles is located at 423 Mena Street in Mena, Arkansas. Open during some special events or by appointment only. Call 479-394-8355 for more info.

Some of the items contained in the antique collection include: 409 Chevy, 1970 Triumph Bonneville, 427 Ford, 1967 Chevy Pickup, 425 Plymouth Hemi, Gas, Oil, and Automotive Advertisements & Signs, Motorcycles and Motor Scooters (Mustang, Simplex, Cushman, Harley Hummer), 1950 Chevrolet Truck Built With All NOS "New" Parts & 500 Horsepower, Automotive Memorabilia & Large Pedal Car Collection, Large Collection of Antique Soda Pop Advertising (Grapette, Coke, and Dr. Pepper), Gas Pumps and Oil Dispensers, Oil, Gas, and Automotive Clocks.

Mike's Place

Locally owned by car enthusiasts, this building is a museum housing a plethora of Petroleum memorabilia, neon dealer signs, porcelain signs, gas pumps and houses such restored classics as 1934 & 1940 Ford 2-Door Sedans, 1956 Chevrolet BelAir Hardtop, and a 1966 Mustang GT Fastback. Open by appointment only, call 479-394-8355 or e-mail info@gomenaarkansas.com.

Ansata Arabian Stud

Ansata Arabian StudFor 4 decades Ansata has provided Egyptian-Arabian bloodstock to royalty, government, and private stud farms world wide. Like Pharaoh's horses, Ansata's studs are admired for stamina, courage, beauty, nobility, and speed. Tours are available of the magnificent facility, call 479-394-5288 for more information.

Walk on the Wild Side Exotic Feline Rescue
Exotic Feline Rescue European Lynx

Located outside of Board Camp. Tours to small groups available. View exotic feline including European Lynx, Siverian Lynx, Canadian Lynx and bobcats. For more information, contact Donna at 479-394-5643, walkonthewildsideefr@earthlink.net or visit our web site.

Janssen Park

Janssen Park spring fed pondsThis is no ordinary community park! This brilliant 10 acre park is host to an 1851 log cabin rumored to have been used as a hideout by the notorious Jesse James, besides being used as a hospital, post office, and city hall during its lifetime. Surviving a devastating 1993 tornado, the cabin remains untouched by the progress surrounding it. The park also contains 2 spring fed ponds, 2 Mountain Howitzer Cannons, a bronze boy and girl fountain purchased in 1914 among other interesting artifacts. No wonder it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places! Janssen Park is a favorite among the locals and vacationers.

Lum 'n Abner General Store

Lum 'n Abner General Store If "Hello . . . Jot 'em down store" sounds familiar, you'll want to take a short drive on Hwy 88 and visit the general store of Lum n' Abner, famed 1930's radio personalities. The original general store buildings, built in 1904 and 1909, now house the museum and gift shop.