If off-roading is your passion, the Heart of the Ouachitas area is the place for you! Wolf Pen Gap Trails offers some to excite any rider. Teh system offiers 41 miles of trails looping through some of the most rugged and secluded areas of the Ouachita Mountians.


Aubrey D. Tapley Sports Complex

This sports complex is a 74 acre park which was started by the Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission in 2003.  It was named Aubrey D. Tapley Park in 2009.  It currently houses 5 baseball / softball fields, soccer fields, a walking / biking trail, concession facilities including a pavilion and two playgrounds.  Grants are continually applied for to continue progress on the complex.  There are many more projects in the plans for the complex that will be finished as funds are available.  one of these projects include more baseball / softball fields, more bleachers, tennis courts, basketball courts, improvements to soccer fields, etc.  The complex is the venue for community events such as the Annual 4th of July Celebration and multiple baseball / softball and soccer tournaments each year.



With more than 600 miles of Trails in the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma, Mountain Bikers can enjoy uncrowded trails through one of the most scenic areas of Arkansas and Oklahoma. Utilizing the lands of the National Forest, State Parks, City Parks and Corps of Engineers, and more, the trails of the Ouachita Mountains present a wide variety of riding experiences for all skill levels of riders. 


Blue Moon Crystals & Jewelry

Owners: Bill Phipps & Faith Jackson 

Specializing in Arkansas quartz crystals, quartz crystal points, quartz crystal clusters and unique metaphysical items.

Hours: Wednesday-Sunday
10AM - 7PM
April-November & Holiday Monday's


Board Camp Crystal Mine

Owners: Orville & Cheryl Murphy

10 Polk Co. Road 62 Mena, Arkansas

From Mount Ida talk 27 South towards Norman. At the Four way stop go across and Hwy 8 veers to the right and keep going till you reach Board Camp. (This is in the direction of Little Missouri Falls).

Small gift shop where you can buy Crystals and Jewelry handcrafted by local artists.

 Adults and Children are welcome to come and dig your own crystals, day campground available if you want to have a picnic after your dig.      



If sailing, skiiing, tubing, jetboating, or even paddle-boating is your style, try one of scenic waterways. Surrounded by mountains and pinetrees, our waterways are among some of the most beautiful in the nation. 


Canoeing & Kayaking

The rivers flowing through the Ouachitas offers an abundance of fun or relaxation. Nature is at its purest from offering our guests opportunities to fish, float, swim, canoe, kayak, camp or take pictures. A number of cabin rentals and lodges offer spectacular views and direct access to the rivers and ATV trails.


Chameleon Arts

Chameleon Arts is a working arts & crafts studio – a place for kids and adults alike to explore their creative sides with paint your own pottery (PYOP), alcohol ink art, canvas art, and jewelry/beading in a modern studio environment.  At the studio, individuals, couples or families can come to a relaxed atmosphere, custom design an art piece, and make a memory that will last forever!

The studio also offers a selection of works by Arkansas artists and crafters (including local) for sale and some craft supplies such as Plymouth Yarn.

Perfect for a group event, family outing or a date night, Chameleon Arts is right in the heart of downtown Mena where places to eat before or afterwards are within walking distance.


Coleman's Rock Shop

15 miles North of Hot Springs on Highway 7 North

Mine Your Own Crystals.

The retail shop offers rocks, jewelry, gifts, souvenirs, shells and much more.  We ship anywhere!

Owners: Jim and Terri Coleman


Cossatot River State Park

This park-natural area stretches for 12 miles along the wild and scenic Cossatot River, Arkansas's premier whitewater experience renowned as the best whitewater float stream in mid-America. Located in southwest Arkansas south of Mena, the Cossatot forms Cossatot Falls, a rugged and rocky canyon that challenges the most experienced canoeists and kayakers with its Class IV and V rapids. When the water is high, the paddlers are here. This National Wild and Scenic River is a watershed basin with flow levels dependent on rainfall. After significant precipitation, the river level rises, allowing experienced paddlers the opportunity to test their skills in challenging whitewater. In the river's Cossatot Falls area with its distinct ledges, the river drops 33 feet in elevation within 1/3 of a mile. Floatable river levels are usually limited to late-fall, winter and spring. Late winter to early spring is peak whitewater paddling season here. Class III-V whitewater is for experts only. For river stage information (in feet) from the Ark. 246 access, call , or visit the U.S. Geological Survey website for Cossatot River real time data at:


Digging Crystals (Rock Hounding)

Mt. Ida, Arkansas located in the heart of the Ouachita’s is the crystal capital of the world.  You will find dozens of quartz mines where you can dig to your heart’s content.  If don’t want to get our hands dirty rock shops abound in the area, where you can buy your crystals right off the shelf.


Earthquake Ridge Trail

The 6.8 mile loop trail system parallels the Talimena scenic drive. Traveling along in a forest of short-leaf pine, blackjack oak, post oak and black hickory, the day hiker will see interesting rock formations, a variety of plant and animal life, and a view of Ward Lake which once supplied the town of Mena with water. The trails have a moderate difficulty level and are popular with mountain bikers. Parking is available at the East End Visitor Station.

Directions: From State Hwy. 71 at Mena, take State Hwy. 88 north for two miles to the East End Visitor Information Center.


Fishing & Hunting

With the area's abundant lakes, rivers, streams, and untouched wildlife areas, anglers and hunters will find paradise in the Ouachitas. Fishing can be enjoyed year-round and hunting is open during specific seasons. Get your Arkansas hunting & fishing liscense and start enjoying.



The incredible scenery and terrain of the area offers great hiking opportunities for nature lovers. Beginners and expert hikers will find the perfect trail in our neck of the woods. Majestic waterfalls, protected wildlife areas, scenic overlooks and natural, untouched forests are just a few of the attractions in our outdoor adventures. Discover our local trails in the Ouachita National Forest and the local Arkansas State Parks.

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