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ATV & OTV

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.

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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.

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Biking

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. 

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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

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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.      

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Boating

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. 

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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.

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Chameleon Arts

American Artisans is a gallery representing quality artisans from Polk County and across the country. The work is displayed for sale in a rejuvenated 100 year old building in historic downtown Mena, Arkansas. The high quality work includes blown glass, wood turning, wood boxes, jewelry, gourd art, paintings, kaleidoscopes, pottery and pine needle baskets.

They are located at 615 Mena Street in downtown Mena!

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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

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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: waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?07340300.

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A real time video camera is located on the U.S. 278 bridge. Click here to view.

To access National Weather Service NOAA radar for the area, go to: http://radar.weather.gov.

Since flow levels are dependent upon rainfall, no floater services are provided on the Cossatot River.

When the water level is normal, the river's rapids are usually considered Class II-III whitewater. Outdoor enthusiasts can swim, fish and float through riffles and small rapids, from pool to pool, as they relax and enjoy the Cossatot.

The park's Brushy Creek Recreation Area at the Highway 246 bridge offers day-use facilities including picnic sites, a nature trail, restrooms, and river access. A walkway high above the river provides barrier-free access on the west side.

Tent sites (no hookups) are at the Cossatot Falls Area (seven sites), the Sandbar Area (14 sites), and the Ed Banks Area (one site). The cost per site is $14/day. Undeveloped camping space is available at the U.S. 278 Area. Primitive group camping (tents only) is available at the park's River Ridge Group Camp ($75).

For hiking enthusiasts, the park features the 14-mile River Corridor Trail and the 3.5-mile Harris Creek Trail.

The park includes a 15,000-square-foot visitor information/education center on U.S. 278 east of Wickes where the highway crosses the Cossatot. The $2.7 million facility was funded by Amendment 75, Arkansas's Conservation Amendment. The center features a large exhibit gallery, two classroom/lab rooms, a wildlife viewing area, gift shop, and park administrative offices. Explore the interpretive exhibits that share the story of “The Cossatot: A River for All Seasons" and focus is on the river's ecology. Three information kiosks provide information about the Cossatot River, the park-natural area, and other parks and museums in Arkansas's state park system.

Interpretive programs and workshops are offered in the park throughout the year. These tell of the geology, flora, and fauna here in this remote and protected river corridor. Special interpretive programs include guided kayak tours and snorkeling tours.

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area's 5,401 acres emphasize outdoor recreation, river preservation, and environmental education. The park is managed by Arkansas State Parks and the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission.

Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area is south of Mena. The northern route to the park is via Ark. 246 between Vandervoort and Athens. The southern route is via U.S. 278 between Wickes and Umpire. Weyerhaeuser Company roads provide river access.

The U.S. Geological Survey offers river flow and level information at their Cossatot River site.

Free stream maps and information are available by calling or visiting www.Arkansas.com.

For more information about outdoor sports and extreme adventure opportunities in Arkansas's state parks, visit: www.AdventureStateParks.com.
 
For information about other Arkansas state parks on lakes or rivers, visit:  http://www.LakeandRiverStateParks.com.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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Hiking

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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