Talimena Scenic Drive National Scenic Byway – AR

Details

  • DesignationNational Scenic Byway (2005)
  • Intrinsic QualitiesScenic
  • LocationAR,OK
  • Length14 of 54 total miles
Byway Visitor Information
Talimena Scenic Drive Association
Statewide Byway Partners
Arkansas Department of Transportation
Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism
Talimena Scenic Drive National Scenic Byway – AR
P. Hicks Photo

Overview

The Talimena Scenic Drive showcases nature's quiet solitude. One breathtaking panorama follows another as this National Forest Scenic Byway winds along forested mountain tops between Mena, Arkansas and Talihina, Oklahoma.

Local Byway Partners

Story of the Byway

In 1988, Highway 88 from Highway 71 in Mena to the Oklahoma border was designated as Arkansas’ third National Scenic Byway. Along the route is Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Black Fork Mountain Wilderness Area, and Ouachita National Forest. The route is known for its colorful fall foliage and is a premier motorcycle route in Arkansas.

Driving Directions

From the community of Mena, AR take Highway 88 to the Oklahoma border. The state of Oklahoma continues the route with their section of this road.

Points of Interest

  • Black Fork Mountain Wilderness Area

    Over 13,00 acres of wilderness straddling the OK-AR border. Rugged, up-hill hiking.

  • Ouachita National Forest

    2,788 square miles of forest in AR and OK.

  • Mena

    Formed as a railroad community, now is a tourist destination with a diverse economy base on agriculture and manufacturing.

  • Queen Wilhelmina State Park

    Situated atop Rich Mountain, the park offers panoramic views.

Itinerary

  • Forest and Wildlife

    Start in Mena, AR on Highway 88 and travel west for 14 miles. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is on the south side of the byway sitting atop the Rich Mountains. Enjoy the panoramic views and be sure to see the Rich Mountain Fire Tower. On the north side of the byway is the Black Fork Mountain Wilderness surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest. If you are into rugged up-hill hiking, a stop in the Black Fork Mountain Wilderness is for you. Continue on Highway 88 through the Ouachita National Forest and head into Oklahoma.

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