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Horseback Riding

There is no better place to enjoy the beautiful rugged landsape and breathtaking views from horseback then the Ouachita National Forest. Equestrians from across the nation visit for the adventure found only in the untouched wilderness.

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Irons Fork

Irons Fork Lake was built by the Soil Conservation Service for flood control and is a water supply lake for the city of Mena. The AGFC assumed fisheries management responsibility for the lake in 1979.

Irons Fork was accidentally drained in 1988 and later restocked by the AGFC with bass, bluegill, redear sunfish, catfish and crappie. The misfourtune turned out to be a large benefit for the sport fish population and anglers, because the low water also enabled the AGFC to place large tree shelters and fish attractors on the lakebed before it was refilled.

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John Be Crystals

Here you will find some of the biggest and best Arkansas Quatyz Crystal Specimens in the world. Take, for example, this one, which is the nicest largest cluster I have ever seen and the pride ANY museum, weighing 1,250 pounds measuring 3 feet by 3.5 feet and 32 inches tall, is $450,000.00. It is on display in the gallery in Tucson, AZ.

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Lake Hinkle

Lake Hinkle is located about 12 miles west of the town of Waldron in west central Arkansas. The 960-acre impoundment was completed in 1971 by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the U.S. Forest Service and the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Some 400 of its acres lie within the Ouachita National Forest.

Fishing: Anglers enjoy the lake's diverse fishery, which includes largemouth, hybrid striped, white and spotted bass; bluegills; red-ear sunfish; crappie; and channel, blue, and flathead catfish.

The Game and Fish Commission provides a concrete boat ramp and primitive camping area on the lake's north side and two additional primitive camping areas on the west end. Also on the north side, a courtesy dock, 21 RV/tent campsites, a swimming area, picnic tables, hiking trails and other recreational facilities are available in the U.S. Forest Service's Little Pines Recreation Area. Bait shops by the lake provide fishing and camping supplies.

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Lake Quachita

Surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, Lake Ouachita is known for its scenic natural beauty and the clarity of its waters. These pristine waters form the largest manmade lake within Arkansas's borders. Named one of the cleanest lakes in America, 40,000-acre Lake Ouachita is a water sports mecca for swimming, skiing, scuba diving, boating, and fishing. Angling for bream, crappie, catfish, stripers, and largemouth bass can be enjoyed in open waters or quiet coves along the lake's 975 miles of shoreline.

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Lake Wilhelmina

Lake Wilhelmina (located in Polk County) is an Arkansas Game and Fish Commission lake approximately 200 surface acres in size, constructed in 1958.The lake has a reputation for excellent bluegill and redear fishing. The commission maintains a concrete boat ramp on the southeast side of the lake. Primitive camping areas are located along the eastern side of the lake. An accessible wooden fishing pier is located on the southwest side of the lake. Lake Wilhelmina features a commission-owned caged fish operation raising rainbow trout (winter) and channel catfish (summer) for stocking Arkansas lakes.

Donivan Echols, 11, of Mena, broke the Arkansas record that had stood for 35 years, when he pulled-in a 5 pound crappie. His record catch took place on June 6, 2011.

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Mena Art Gallery

Mena Art Gallery is located in the small town of Mena, Arkansas, in the Ouachita Mountains.  The gallery supports individual and community involvement in the creative arts, and strives to inspire and serve all ages of artists. Many artists who have moved to the Mena Area from all over the world, bringing with them new ideas and fresh interpretations of art.

Mena Art Gallery provides workshops, seminars, field trips, classes, art shows, exhibits and more. Most years the gallery will host 12 different shows, many of which have entries open to all artists.

Visit the gallery every Tuesday from 10 am to 2 pm for our art day.

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Ouachita Little Theatre

Welcome to the Home Page of the Ouachita Little Theatre (OLT) the 2009-2010 and 2013-2014 Arkansas Community Theater State Champions! We are the performing arts organization in the town of Mena, Polk County, in the Western Frontier of Arkansas.
OLT’s mission is to plan productions, recruit qualified directors, perform shows for children and adults and produce workshops in the theater arts. We also bi-annually bestow the Benson Award, named after the first President of the OLT, Leda Benson, to deserving performers or contributors to the organization’s growth.

OLT encourages the development and showcasing of local talent in children and adults and provides the venue for their talent to be spotlighted in its theater at 610 Mena Street in downtown Mena. We are also a venue for performances by the Mena High School Theater Arts Program, have a road company (OLT on the Road), and are available for rental for performances by other individuals and organizations.

For more information about OLT, acting, becoming a volunteer, renting the theater for your performance or event, or costume rental, visit the other pages in this website, call our information line at , or email us at . To order tickets for any performance, online, just click on the Buy Tickets button on any page in this website. For more information about tickets, see our Advance Ticket Orders page.

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Ouachita National Forest

The Ouachita National Forest is a vast 1.8 million acre mountainous forest and is the South’s largest national forest. The forest is noted for its picturesque scenery, clear lakes and rivers, waterfalls, natural springs, untouched wilderness and abundant wildlife. The Ouachitas offer numerous outdoor activities, including: 700 miles of trails; almost 6,000 miles of forestry maintained roads; recreation areas; wildlife management areas and wilderness areas. The Ouachitas are just waiting for you to explore the untouched beauty!

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Quartz Crystals Mining

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.

Rock Hounding

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Queen Wilhelmina State Park

One 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. Queen Wilhelmina is Mena’s crown jewel and is located just 13 miles northwest of town along Talimena National Scenic Byway. The majestic panoramic views from the Park are spectacular, and true to its name, makes guests feel like visiting royalty!

Must Sees at Queen Wilhelmina State Park:

 

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Real Earth Creations

Not just another rock and mineral shop. Some of the finest works of art are just beneath our feet in the naturally occurring crust of our home, the earth. Real Earth Creations offers a well lit showroom of rocks, minerals and fossils from the Mount Ida area, Arkansas and many other locations across the Americas and the world (even a few meteorite pieces not from this world). In addition to the many individual specimen displays we have an accumulated "pile" of nearly 30 tons of mixed collectible and lapidary quality rock that visitors are welcome to hunt through and purchase. The rock pile includes a wider variety of material than could be found in even the best natural conditions. It includes petrified wood, agatized coral, jaspers, aventurine, obsidian, fossils, amazonite and many others. Not to forget, we also spend a lot of our time cutting, shaping and polishing rocks for use in jewelry, collections or other purposes

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Talimena National Scenic Byway

The Talimena Scenic Drive offers you more than 50 miles of the most breathtaking vistas our states have to offer. Plus, surrounding the Talimena Scenic Drive, you will find historic gateway towns with open arms and outstanding events to fill your days. Particularly popular during the Autumn season, for its awesome colors, the drive is enjoyed by thousands each year.

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The Crystal Seen Trading Company

Owners: Dennis and Julie Kincaid

Visit our gift shop for a large selection of quality crystals, fossils and minerals from around the world, as well as hand-crafted jewelry, personalized gifts, crafts and souvenirs.

Dig your own crystals, minerals and gems in our 10 acre rockhounding mine! Crystal digging workshops and classes are available. Girl Scout and Boy Scout badges can be earned too.

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Turkey Track Bluegrass Park

Located in the beautiful Ouachita Mountains near Waldron, Arkansas, Turkey Track Bluegrass Park is one of the largest bluegrass festivals west of the Mississsippi. Bring the whole family and enjoy wholesome family entertainment! There are two festivals each year (June and October). Scheduled performances are held Wednesday through Saturday of each festival.

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