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Mena, Arkansas, the best-kept secret gateway to the West!
Serenity and beauty in the heart of the Ouachitas
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Easy drive to Wolf Pen Gap ATV trails: (Directions: from cabin, go right on 44 to 375 and go for eight miles; trail head will be near County Road 277)
The Willowbrook Cottage and cabins are located near Mena, which is in the beautiful 1.6 million acre Ouachita mountain National Forest (pronounced 'Washita'), on a paved road just two miles from the county seat town of Mena (a Mayberry-like town!), with lots of antiques, art gallery, movie and live theater (seasonal), golfing, tennis, and all the Ouachita Mountain outdoor attractions of the clear rivers and beautiful mountain trails and overlooks. Tourism and outdoor activity thrive with nature, bike, and ATV trails, and there are several beautiful lakes within an hour drive. See activities calendar at www.gomenaarkansas.com .
ATV enthusiasts find our facilities ideal while riding the nearby Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails, only 10 minutes away by car. Wolf Pen Gap is one of the most beautiful of the Arkansas ATV trails, leading the rider through an array of areas featuring a large forest of pine and hardwoods, mountain vistas and an abandoned mine shaft. The 41 miles of trail loops are interconnected to accommodate riders who want to vary the length of their trip and, intersections are conveniently marked for all levels of rider experience.
Experienced hikers will rise to the challenge of the Athens-Big Fork Trail which is a historic, 125-year-old wagon trail that crests eight mountains and features spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains from high points such as Eagle Rock Vista, Brushheap Mountain and Hurricane Knob. A mystical cave and geologic outcroppings along the way adds to the allure. Other hiking trails include the Buckeye Trail, Valuable Forest Interpretive Trail, Tall Peak Trail and Caney Creek Wilderness Trail.
Wolf Pen Gap
Wolf Pen Gap is a thirty-one mile multi-use trail system just southeast of Mena Arkansas. This trail system has trails for the whole family to enjoy whether you ride an ATV, Off-Highway Motorcycle, Side by Side, Horse, Mountain Bike or enjoy Hiking. The trails are rated from "Easy" to "Most Difficult" and has several places with unique overlooks, a mine shaft, and even creek crossing that are usually as clear as the sky on a bright sunny day.
There is much more to this area. You can cast a rod at Shady Lake, enjoy the waterfall at Little Missouri Falls, or enjoy the beauty of Caney Creek and Queen Wilhelmina state park. There is something for everybody around Mena.
The friendly people and the mild weather make Mena an ideal place to retreat any time of the year. We have four seasons, but the winters are short and mild; the springs and autumns are long and ideal weather; summer are sunny and warm, with great swimming, water-skiing, etc., and air conditioning makes the relaxing at the end of a day refreshing.
Just ten minutes from the Rich Mountain overlooks, 10 minutes to Wolfpen Gap trails, 30 minutes from Cossatot River state park. Mountains, rivers, fishing, hunting, rv-ing, horseback riding--all within driving distance from your hideaway. Central homebase for visiting all of central and western and northwestern Arkansas. Enjoy the many natural sites.
Centrally located between Hot Springs, Fort Smith, historic Van Buren, and Texarkana, Mena is a cute little old-fashioned county seat town, with antique stores with authentic and well-priced finds from yesteryear, good locally-owned restaurants, a Super Walmart, live theater in season, art gallery, movies, golf, tennis, hospital, veterinary clinic and boarding, public pool only 5 minutes away by car.
Beautiful Rich Mountain with its hiking trails and amazing vistas looks down on the town, and is easy to access by paved highway. The Ouachita Mountains are a wonderful outdoor recreation area, with crystal clear river (the Cossatot) and many hidden clear streams in the National Forest. There are lakes for swimming and water skiing, trails for hiking.
People say Mena is the best-kept secret in the 4-state area, a real jewel. Come visit, and you will return often!
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Local Outdoor Attractions
Fishing: The state's more than 600,000 acres of lakes and 9,700 miles of streams offer anglers numerous chances to land a trophy or catch a limit from a variety of freshwater species. Millions of trout are stocked annually in Arkansas's waters. Non-resident fishing licenses are only $11; call 800 364-4263 for license info.
Mountain biking is accommodated by Eagle Rock Loop which is the longest loop trail in Arkansas. This trail was developed along a 100-year-old postal route and old wagon roads; it crosses the Little Missouri River, numerous creek crossings and travels over nine mountains.
The Viles Branch Equestrian Trail will be of interest to trail riders as it provides a view of the wild and scenic Little Missouri River through the Winding Stairs area which is known for its unique geological formations and outstanding water features.
Rock climbing in the area is abundant and can be specifically found at Albert Pike (Window Rock) and along the Little Missouri Hiking Trail.
Leader Mountain Walk-In Turkey Hunting Area, Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area and the Ouachita National Forest provide a haven to hunters as they pursue a variety of wild critters. Little Missouri River, Cossatot River and Shady Lake allow for fishing.
While Shady Lake permits motorless fishing boats, lakes for boating and water skiing activities are not conducive to our location. However, Little Missouri Falls is right around the corner from us and must be experienced during your stay. This exceptionally beautiful area offers serene waterfalls, fishing, swimming, hiking trails and a picnic area.
The Talimena scenic drive and Craters of Diamonds are a short car ride away and well worth including in your travel plans. Please take some time to explore the official web site of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism and learn more about our State's diverse destinations. Click to go to Arkansas.com, the website for Arkansas Parks and Tourism.
Current events in Mena Click on calendar events at GoMenaArkansas.com for current productions.
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MENA ART GALLERY, 3500 N. Mena Street. Open 12 noon to 3 p.m., Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat, and Sun. 479 394-3880 Admission free. Unique creative gifts and original art. (Your innkeeper, Carolyn MacMahon, is a professional artist and often has work on display at the gallery. For schedules of shows, click on menaartgallery.org
Big Bear Opry, 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Mena Middle School Auditorium, 7 PM. Great entertainment.
Mountain Blue Grass Boys, 3rd Saturday of the month. Rich Mountain Community College Student Center. Free. 7 PM. It is difficult to stay in your seat once these guys get going. <
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Mena: a unique town with a great history
Just 10 minutes from Queen Wilhelmina Lodge and park, 35 minutes from the Cossatot State Park, 45 minutes from Lake Ouachita, 1 hr.20 min from Hot Springs, 1 hour from Diamond State Park
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