About Mena


Mena Arkansas

Mena Arkansas is a town located in southwest Arkansas in the Ouachita National Forest.  It is the county seat of Polk County.  Mena has a population of just under 6,000 people and is a beautiful place to live and enjoy life.

Janssen Park in Mena Arkansas
View of Janssen Park in Mena Arkansas from above. Shows Rich Mountain in the background.

A Brief History of Mena Arkansas

Founded in 1896 and incorporated on September 18, 1896 the town owes its roots to Arthur E. Stilwell.  Stilwell was building of the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad (now the Kansas City Southern).  Train service to Mena began in 1896. Mena has a wonderful climate with four seasons.

Videos about Mena Arkansas

Janssen Park in Mena Arkansas is covered in this video as well as the historic Train depot and museum.  Also included on the site are videos covering the events around Mena such as the Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run.

Visit the Mena Polk County Chamber of Commerce website to discover more about Mena Arkansas and the surrounding areas.  The chamber of commerce website showcases many attractions in our area including Queen Wilhelmina State Park, the Cossatot River State Park and much more.  Information on lodging in Mena and places to eat are also available there.  The Mena Advertising and Promotion Commission also maintains a website with lots of information about things to do in Mena.  Check it out at visitmena.com

The Ouachita National Forest surrounds the town of Mena and offers 1.8 million acres of pristine forests, clear mountain streams and rivers, and thousands of miles of trails for horseback riding and ATV riding.  There are many free places to camp in the forest.  The Ouachita National Forest is the largest national forest in the South.  The Ouachita National Forest makes up almost 40% of the total acres in Polk County Arkansas, where Mena is located.  Montgomery County, which neighbors Polk County to the east is almost 70% national forest.

Wolf Pen Gap ATV Trails

Just South of Mena in the Ouachita National Forest there are over 30 miles of free riding trails for OHV and ATV use called the Wolf Pen Gap Trails.  There are three trailheads to choose from and many miles of challenging trails await you.  Also located around the area are a number of cabins for rent.  If you are looking for maps of Wolf Pen Gap and other information check out the US Forest Service site and this PDF file.

The Mountain Gateway Cabin is located about 30 minutes away and the Fourche Trails are about 20 minutes away.  Dogwood Place is in Mena and you will not be able to ride directly from these properties to the trails.  Wolf Pen Gap closes November 1 and re-opens in the Spring.  We offer motorcycle friendly properties in Mena Arkansas.