Mena/Polk County Chamber Connections 2023-24

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Mena/Polk County Chamber Connections 2023-24 @MenaPolkCoC Community Commerce Relocation Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Relaxation Adventure
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Table of Contents

Chamber Staff & Board - 6

Chamber Ambassadors - 9

Chamber Benefits - 10

Welcoming New Members - 11

2022 Community Awards - 12

Music on Main - 14

Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run - 16

2024 Great American Eclipse - 18

2022 Year in Review - 21

History of Polk County - 22

KCS Depot & Museum - 24

Historical Landmarks - 27

Historic Places Map - 28-29

Historic Downtown Mena - 30

Educational Facilities - 31

The Arts District - 32

Her Majesty Awaits - 34

Polk County Stats - 35

Outdoor Adventure - 36

Area Parks - 37

Local State Parks - 39

Family Fun - 40

Backroads & Trails - 42

Rivers & Lakes - 44

Chamber Member Directory - 46

Helpful Info - 70

Photography by:

Lexi Dilbeck

Lacey Yoakem

Samantha Maechler

Casey Hines

Arkansas Department of Parks & Tourism

The Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Staff

Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Staff

Welcome from the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce! We are in love with our part of the Natural State which makes us a great first stop on your tour of our neck of the woods. This area gives new meaning to the phrase hidden gem because of the levels of things to discover around here. First off, you can find actual gems here. Our Arkansas red dirt is full of all kinds of sparkling treasures. That’s just the beginning.

The scenery is hard to beat, especially in autumn. Get up close and personal with our unique flora and fauna by exploring our trails on a bike or on foot. New mountain bike trails and other outdoor fun are just on the horizon for the Ouachita Mountains. Visit and you can stay in touch by joining our newsletter. If you want a little more adrenaline in your outdoor time, there are great local spots for ziplining and riding ATVs and dirt bikes.

Mena/Polk County is more than just a pretty face. We have depths that show in our ever-growing art community. You can truly find it all here. Painters, musicians, glass workers, potters, and carpenters to name a few. If you can dream it, someone here can make it, whether it’s large or small. Don’t let the small-town fool you, we have big talent in these mountains.

Take a walk down Mena Street and find the tip of the artistic iceberg in our Downtown Arts District where we showcase local artwork. That's where you will find another jewel in our community crown in the form of our delicious restaurants. Our local eateries will remind you why the south is known for mouthwatering food. Unwind after a long day of play by listening to live music in our Entertainment District. Our community works hard to spotlight our local talent so don’t think that Mena Street is where your tour should stop. Take a drive and you will find an embarrassment of riches in this mountain community. Each small community has something to offer.

Whether you’re visiting or relocating, we look forward to meeting you and showing you a part of the world that you will fall in love with just like we did. Stop by our office located at 524 Sherwood Avenue in the Historic Train Depot and take the first step in your Ouachita Mountain adventure.


Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Welcome to Mena/Polk County and the Ouachita Mountains! I’m Holly Henry, President of the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce. We are glad to have you and welcome you to join our mountain community and our piece of the Natural State if you are visiting or relocating. Whether you’re here for relaxation or adventure we have much to choose from.

Get in touch with the great outdoors by mountain bike, canoe or on your own two feet. From state parks to ATV trails we have something for everyone. We love our Ouachita Mountains and all the fun that can be found there. Thrill seekers can zipline through the trees, explore forests, caves, and waterways to your heart’s contentment. If you like a combination of nature and machinery, Mena is part of the Talimena National Scenic Byway that is always beautiful, but in autumn it is breathtaking. Motorcyclists come from all over the country to sight see the Ouachita Mountains from behind their handlebars. If you want to take it off road, our area has great ATV trails and spots that are sure to check all your boxes.

Here for a rest? We have local shops and a Downtown Arts District to show off another side of our multifaceted community. This area is full of artists and makers of the highest caliber. The historic Ouachita Little Theatre is always good for a play. Take a stroll down Mena Street and find treasures in our antique shops and specialty boutiques owned by locals. There are great places to eat on Main Street alone, but branch out a bit and you will find some local food that is worth the trip all by itself. Polk County knows how to cook!

Local family-friendly events are often found on our adorable Mena Street. Our growing Entertainment District is home to live music and entertainment from all over the state. It’s the perfect spot to grab a drink and some good food after a long hard day of play.

Mena calls visitors from all over the world. We hope you are one of them.


Holly Henry President River Valley Wealth Managaement

Brooke Hines Vice-President Southwest EMS

Sara Mitchell Secretary Mena Regional Health System

Nina Moore Treasurer Union Bank of Mena

Pilar Fowler

Past-President Union Bank of Mena

David Maxwell Board Member Mena High School

Greg Goss Board Member First Financial Bank

Tanner Hooper Board Member Chambers Bank

Jessica Smith Board Member Mena Regional Health System

Alyvia Self Board Member Union Bank of Mena

Riley Johnson Board Member Area Solar

John Larucci Board Member Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative

Becky Sterner Board Member UA Rich Mountain

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Board of Directors 2022

LeAnn Dilbeck President UA Rich Mountain

Holly Henry Vice-President River Valley Wealth Management

Terri Harrison Secretary Polk County Clerk

Brooke Hines Secretary Southwest EMS

Pilar Fowler Past-President Union Bank of Mena

Riley Johnson Board Member Area Solar

Brad Castor Board Member Rich Mountain Electric Cooperative

Mike Godfrey Board Member UA Rich Mountain

Greg Goss Board Member First Financial Bank

David Maxwell Board Member Mena Public Schools

Sara Mitchell Board Member Mena Regional Health System

Nina Moore Board Member Union Bank of Mena

Jessica Smith Board Member Mena Regional Health System

Tanner Hooper Board Member Chambers Bank



The Chamber Ambassador Committee is a selected member group who volunteer their time to provide a crucial link between the Chamber, its members, and the county at large. Chamber Ambassadors serve as goodwill representatives for the Chamber and the Mena/ Polk County community and play a vital role in partner retention, recruitment and communication.

These highly visible, enthusiastic volunteers are in the center of business activity. Our Ambassadors foster relationships between current, new, and prospective members and help them understand and take advantage of their Chamber benefits.

They also help encourage participation through personal interactions, welcome businesses, share opportunities and maximize each member’s investment through mentorship, guidance and community involvement. They enjoy rewards of making new contacts, strengthening business relationships, and accessing resources to further their own success.

Ambassadors represent the Chamber through referring new members, participating in events, such as ribbon cuttings, and Chamber networking functions as well as many more support activities.

Do you have a desire to become more active in the local business environment and give back to your community? If so, please contact the Chamber to find out how your unique strengths can be used to build a better and stronger organization for the benefit of the Chamber members and the community as a whole.

Doc Watson JLM Transportation Steve Guin Trailhead ATV Rentals Theresa Young Arvest Bank Lexi Dilbeck UA Rich Mountain
"Nothing is as strong as the heart of a volunteer"
-Jimmy Doolittle
Keith Slater Arvest Bank Robyn Ashworth Shoe Sensation Clint Smith Diamond Bank Pasha Watson Mena A&P Alyvia Self Union Bank of Mena

Connect to... Chamber Benefits


Attend one of our quarterly networking opportunities in order to make valuable business contacts. Or go big by attending the annual Chamber banquet!


Take advantage of discounts for Chamber Members by Chamber Members on valuable business products and services.


3 SHARE! SHARE! SHARE! Let us help your social media marketing go further. We share our members posts on our social media accounts.



Just opened your business? Or maybe you are celebrating a remodel or anniversary? Let us help!


Gain access to important news, strategies, issues, and events that impact your business


Learn something new! Attend a workshop to build your skills and knowledge and get a leg up in your industry.



Respect is earned, and there is no better way to earn it in the business community than by volunteering your time to serve on the Chamber Board.


Chamber Members receive categorized listings on our website and in our annual directory.


It’s true, there is strength in numbers! Make your voice heard about the issues that matter to your business.



Our weekly Chamber Spotlights reach thousands of people! Membership entitles you to a chance to be in the limelight.


New Members 2022

New Heights Gymnastics

Talimena Times

River Valley Wealth Management

Chambers Bank

TNA’s Towing & Recovery

Heath Valley Campground

Conifer Area Properties

Spurgin’s Southern Auto

Big Fork Mall

Miss Dee’s Retreat

Arkansas Division of Services for the Blind

Home of Fabulous Finds, Inc.

Suzy Q’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor

Teeter Motor Company


All About You Healthcare

Sunny Days Kettle Corn

C & C Signworks

Headhunter Properties

Area Solar, Inc.

The CALL in Polk County

Shoe Sensation

Be-Boppers Inn

Studio 293 Guest House

New Life Sports Emporium

Squeezy’s Fresh Lemonade

Sassy Squatch, LLC

Polk County Cattlemen’s Association

Sassafras Inn

The Coffee Vault, LLC

Jerry’s Fish Camp

Calvary Baptist Church

Ouachita Wilde Luxury Tents

Living Tree Day Spa

Thibodeaux’s Country Store

Globe Life

Alston Land Services, LLC

LifeLine Service Dogs

Mena Silver Screen

South Main Signs & Graphics


Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens

Goodnight Family Healthcare, PLLC

Arkansas State Senator, Terry Rice

Rich Mountain Fiber Co.

The Mena Laundry

Deana Dixon, Realtor - Select Realty

Ouachita Collision Center

Earthways Outdoor Services, LLC

WP-Goodness, LLC

Wild Hare Art Glass Studio

Harbor House Prevention Program

Access Medical Urgent Care Clinic

DLR Offroad and Offroad Rentals

Happy Tails Pet Services

MW Hope Financial Solutions

Belle Point Beverages

The Carriage House

Burford Distributing, Inc.

The Turner Team - Keller Williams Realty

Born Again Recovery Ministries

Southern Paws of Mena

First Christian Church

D & D Mena Rentals


2022 Membership Appreciation Banquet & Community Awards

TheAnnual Chamber Banquet is a time of celebration, when we toast our members and reflect on our successes. It provides a night of fun with a little bit of glitz and glamour thrown in.

One of the biggest benefits you can get from a chamber of commerce is the opportunity to network and what better way to do so than to enjoy a great meal surrounded by the best and brightest the area has to offer. While we try to focus on our community events, advocacy efforts, and educational opportunities, networking always provides a benefit to our members. Our purpose as an organization is to provide our community with what’s needed.

In 2022, we heard from a great speaker, Eric Jackson, Senior VP of Oaklawn Racing and Chairperson of Arkansas State Parks Recreation & Travel Commission, who talked about the trickling effects tourism dollars have on a community. The Chamber’s Mena/Polk County Enhancement Foundation auction at the banquet was a huge success in 2022. As a result, the Foundation provided scholarships to four local high school seniors to help in their academic endeavors.

We also like to recognize those that go above and beyond in their commitment to, not just their own, but our community’s success. Each year the Chamber presents a series of Community Awards. In 2022, we shook up the categories a bit, mostly to recognize local heroes who rose to the occassion when struck by an unprecedented pandemic.

We appreciate all of our worthy nominees and give a special congratulations to our winners!

12 Member of the Year Aleshire Electric Business of the Year The Ouachitas
Past-President Pilar Fowler Citizen of the Year Mayor Seth Smith Non-Profit of the Year CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) Teacher of the Year Leo Mabry Law Enforcement Officer of the Year Elena Cannon Healthcare Professional of the Year Brian Erickson
Ambassador of the Year Steve Guin

Music on Main

Music on Main is a new event launched by the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce, which initially kicked off in Spring 2022. Held in the downtown area of Mena, the musical event is meant to bring together locals and tourists alike for a night of entertainment and comradery.

Each event focuses on providing entertainment that will please folks of all ages and musical tastes, with each date being of a different musical genre. Watch our social media pages, @menapolkcoc, and website, www., for date and talent announcements.

With two events held in 2022 and three planned for 2023, Music on Main is sure to become a staple in the community.

perform a mixture of country and southern rock at the first Music on Main event in May 2022. Upper right: LA ROXX fires up the crowd with their 80’s rock glam band personas and high intensity performance on a hot July night. Bottom right: Mena’s ‘First Family’ takes part in the 80’s themed dress-up contest.

Pictured upper left: Cody Cooke and the Bayou Outlaws
Saturday, July 15 Bring your lawn chairs! Free Family Fun! Food & Beverage Vendors on site! Sponsored by these Chamber Partners & Members: This ad paid for in part by the Mena Advertising & Promotion Commission. For more information, go to 80’s Dress Up Contest at 6:45! 80’s Rock Edition

Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run

In 1976, Mark Campbell started a tradition. The Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run (QWRR) was born from a desire to unite hot rod enthusiasts in a place that Campbell loved and called home. His business, Street & Performance, was the perfect platform to launch a car show from and launch it did. In fact, it took off like a rocket, or a drag car if that is your preference.

From its initial conception to current day, the Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run draws car lovers from far and wide. Sadly in 2015, at the age of 70, Mark passed away leaving behind his car show and his legacy. In 2016, the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce got behind the wheel of the Rod Run and has worked hard to continue this unique event that highlights some of the most amazing features of the area.

Heading into its 48th year, QWRR continues to grow and shows no signs of slowing down. It is truly a tradition for locals and visitors alike. Everyone looks forward to every August, when over 200 hot rods, street rods, lowriders, rat rods, and trucks descend on the small, quaint town of Mena.

One of the unique elements of the event is its multiple locations. Friday night’s show-and-shine is a throwback to a simpler time when cars cruised up and down the main drag revving their engines for hours and hours. People fill Mena Street, alongside gleaming fenders, and perfect upholstery, kicking off the two-day event. Put it in high gear and fast forward to Saturday when we pack the top of Rich Mountain at Queen Wilhelmina State Park for a full day of looking at cars, talking about cars, comparing cars and of course, food, fun for the kids, and plenty of opportunities for retail therapy. The chances to take home some hardware are many as we have added classes to the voting ballot. The Mark Campbell Award is not only picked by someone who was close to Campbell himself, but the winner receives the honor of having their prized set of wheels as the inspiration for next year’s t-shirts.

You’ll have plenty of chances to put your hot rod through its paces on the Talimena Scenic Byway. This local treasure is full of twists and turns and is the route to and from Saturday’s event locations. That evening finds us back on Mena Street, down at the south end, listening to live rock & roll and the rumble of motors while the sun sets behind the mountain. Stick around for awards and linger a little while longer with friends over a plate of BBQ prepared by some of Mena’s finest.

Unbeknownst to some, Mena is a hidden pocket of hot rod culture. Although Street and Performance is no longer in existence, people in the know still bring their cars to Mena for specialty treatment. The Rod Run is the perfect

A beautiful blue 1934 Packard was the 2022 Chamber Choice Award winner. The car is own by Carl Wooldridge.

place to connect with the locals, especially the ones with gasoline running through their veins. And you won’t get far before finding someone who brings up Mark Campbell’s name. Take notes for your next visit to the Queen Wilhelmena Rod Run, but you’ll probably be back before then. The love of fast, shiny, and loud cars is strong in these hills, and many find it hard to stay away.

The 48th Annual Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run will be held on August 25-26, 2023. Visit www.menapolkchamber. com for more information.

This gorgeous 1966 red Chevy truck and proud owners, Harold and Mary Peck, took home the coveted Mark Campbell award in 2022.

Great American Solar Eclipse

Making plans to travel to a great location for the 2024 Total Solar Eclipse? Look no further than Mena/Polk County, Arkansas, a rural area with beautiful viewing areas, plenty of activities to keep you busy, and less light pollution than larger areas. With over four minutes of total eclipse, Mena will be the place to be!

The area offers hotels, cabins, bed and breakfast rentals, short-term home rentals, RV and tent spaces, etc. Our community activities will begin on Friday, April 5, 2024 and last through Monday, April 8, 2024. Activities include a full 'Eclipse-mas' festival in beautiful Janssen Park, live music downtown, and more!

We are excited and hope you are, too! Let’s celebrate this once-in-a-lifetime event together! Have questions? Check out the Chamber's website, to stay up to date on local activities, lodging choices, and announcements

April 8, 2024 will be a historical day for many, especially for Arkansas. The Total Eclipse set to occur will only be the third total eclipse the state has ever seen and the next one won't occur for decades. This all makes it a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the sky’s greatest celestial events! Come celebrate with us!

Reasons to view the Total Eclipse in Mena/Polk County:

Four minutes, seven seconds of total eclipse

Vast rural areas with little to no light pollution

Home to beautiful Rich Mountain - Arkansas‘ second highest peak with 360 views and the gateway to the Talimena Scenic Drive.

Home of two incredible Arkansas State Parks: Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Cossatot River State Park.

Location of the Ouachita National Forest, one of the nation’s oldest forests, and the Ouachita Mountainsthe only range in the U.S. that runs east to west.

An abundance of natural forest, creeks, lakes and rivers, hiking/biking trails, arts district, parks, museums, and a wonderful history of being a welcoming, friendly place.

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250 + Members 40 + New Members 6K + Website Views 55% of our members have less than 25 employees Your Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce Year 2022 in Review 37 Weekly Newsletters Sent 2,214 Subscribers with a 36% Open Rate 4,497 Likes 4,981 Followers 84 People checked in with us! 126,932 people were reached through Facebook! Nine Year-Round Events • Chamber Coffee Connections • Membership Appreciation Banquet • Two Music on Main Events • Queen Wilhelmina Rod Run • Veteran’s Day Lunch • Christmas Parade of Lights 17 Ribbon Cuttings 3,808 people were reached on Instagram! Membership Communication Networking Events 21

History of Polk County

Polk County has a rich history, a unique geography, a handful of famous folks, and is home to a plethora of flora and flauna only found within the forests of the Ouachitas. The earliest settlers were awed by the beauty of the area and homesteads were first recorded around 1830. On November 30, 1844, Polk County, named after then President James K. Polk, was formally established. The original county seat was Dallas, named after Polk’s Vice President, George Dallas.

When Arthur Stillwell, owner of the Kansas City, Pittsburg, and Gulf Railway, rolled into the area in 1896, he founded a new town, Mena, just three miles west of Dallas. Mena was named after Folmina Margaretha Janssen deGeoijen, the wife of Dutch financier Jan de Goeigen, who had invested in Stillwell’s company. The town was incorporated in 1896. Less than two years later, the county seat was moved to Mena, where it remains to this day. Many towns in the area were named after friends, business partners, and employees of Arthur Stillwell. Just follow the railway through the southern part of the county and you’ll find the town of Hatfield, named after a construction worker that perished in an explosion while working on the railroad. The origins of how Cove was named remain unclear and although it was not originally on the railroad route, it was later relocated to be closer to the railway system. Further south is Vandervoort, named after Jan de Goeigen’s mother. Wickes was named after a friend of Stillwell. The most southern town in Polk County is Grannis, named after a railroad official.

Although settlers were here long before the railroad, the transportation method became the boom that each community needed to bring commerce and prosperity that has continued to sustain businesses and families in the


area for more than 175 years.

Agriculture has long been a source of prosperity for Polk County. The earliest settlers to the county raised crops such as cotton and fruit. Today, crop farming and animal production continue to play large roles in the agricultural economy of Polk County, with poultry production reigning supreme. The timber industry prospered in the early days, as well, and still supports a large slice of the overall prosperity of the county.

Although mining was prominent in the earliest of days with minerals such as manganese being extracted from area mines, the industry eventually died out and the mines were closed in the early 1900’s. Manufacturing has developed over the years and has also produced an economic boom with machinery, plastics, cylinder heads, and much more being shipped to places around the world.

Each town in Polk County has a story to tell. Each is filled with historical homes, stories of legends, and is surrounded by the most beautiful landscape in the United States. Keep reading to begin your journey through Polk County, its beautiful history, and even brighter future.

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Arkansas. It is a long, single-story structure built out of brick, with a tile roof and Mediterranean styling. It was built in 1920 by Kansas City Southern Railway to designs by the company architect, T. C. Horstmann, and is one of the most elaborate surviving early-20th century railroad stations in the state. It is now owned by the City of Mena and houses a local history museum, the Mena Advertising & Promotion office, and the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce.

The restored Kansas City Southern railroad station includes a museum full of historical displays, railroad memorabilia, and art exhibits, including a room dedicated to Arkansas natives Lum n’ Abner and a restored 1939 Dodge police car. A full-service visitor’s center operates out of the depot offering rest and respite to travelers just as it did in its heyday. Information on local lodging, dining, and recreation is available. The Depot Center is a focal point for community activity and a gateway to the Talimena Scenic Byway.

Mena’s first depot was built in the summer of 1896, when Mena emerged as a railroad boomtown. The town of Mena marked the halfway point on the Kansas City-Port Arthur route, and was therefore set up as the central division point. As such, it was necessary to have adequate buildings. A depot, machine shops, and a roundhouse were all constructed, as well as stock yards and pens.

The Depot was the focal point of Mena and served as a social and economic center as well. As the years passed and Mena moved away from the roughness of the boom-town era, criticisms began to arise over conditions in the Depot. Complaints against the “inadequate accommodations” and “unsatisfactory conditions” led to the construction of the current depot which was dedicated November 8, 1920.

The relationship between Mena’s city fathers and the Kansas City Southern Railroad began to sour over the early continued on page 26

Historic Kansas Depot Visitor’s Museum located in the heart of downtown Mena, Arkansas. The Mena KCS Depot is a historic railroad station on Sherwood Street in the center of Mena, Relics like this original passenger bench fill the depot with nostalgia.
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The Ouachita Center: A Meeting Place for All

years of the 1900’s until the railroad’s central division was moved to Heavener, Oklahoma in 1910.

In 1985, a group of Mena organizations began trying to save the building that was so significant to the history of the city. The deed to the depot was officially transferred to the city on February 6, 1986. Dozens of volunteers donated more than 7,500 hours of labor to the renovation of the building. Still others donated cash and materials to restore the dilapidated old depot into a modern facility that is a credit to the city. The building is now valued at $250,000 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since the building reopened to the public on July 12, 1987, visitors representing most states and many foreign countries have registered.

The Mena Kansas City-Southern

Historic Depot & Museum

524 Sherwood Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

Depot Museum Hours

Monday - Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm

Thearea’s premiere conference and event center is located on the pristine campus of UA Rich Mountain. The OUACHITA CENTER is a spacious 13,000 s.f. well-equipped facility that has the diversity to host a plethora of events including expos, conferences, meetings, weddings, proms, banquets, or receptions.

This incredible facility includes a 20 ft. bi-fold glass door to allow large equipment to be moved in and out of the Grand Hall. The Grand Hall is also equipped with LED screens, high definition projector, and a 20 ft. screen. Five conference rooms are equipped with wall-mounted LED screens. Additional audio/visual equipment available including laptops and wireless microphones.

Retractable stadium seating up to 219 is available or round/ rectangular tables able to seat up to 360, a full caterer’s kitchen, ample paved parking and sidewalks for your guests, along with multiple stage layouts… all designed to make your event a success.

Host your events in this spectacular conference center by calling 479-394-7622 ext. 1221 or email at:

More information available online at Ouachita-Center.

Display cases at the Historic KCS Depot show the rich history of the area.

Historical Landmarks

Polk County is a place filled with amazing historical landmarks. From the KCS Depot and historic Downtown to the Bard Springs and Shady Lake areas, all of Polk County’s landmarks show just how rich the area’s historical background is.

Polk County, named for President James K. Polk, is located on the western edge of Arkansas. The first settlement began about 1830. At that time the region was part of Sevier County. Polk County was separated from Sevier County by the legislature on November 30, 1844. It is one of the western tiers of counties; bounded on the north by Scott county; on the east by Montgomery; on the south by Howard and Sevier, and on the west by the State of Oklahoma. It has an area of 846 square miles and an average elevation of 1,300 feet, drained by the Cossatot and Ouachita rivers, both of which rise in the county.

The act creating the county fixed the temporary county seat at the house of John Pirtle, where there was a post office called Panther. The permanent county seat was located near the southwest corner of Township 2 south, Range 30 west, and was named Dallas, for the Vice President of the United States. Subsequently, it was removed to a site a short distance north and the name was changed to Mena.

Polk is divided into seventeen townships, viz: Big Fork, Center, Cedar, Cove, Eagle, Eagle Gap, Faulkner, Freedom, Fulton, Gap Springs, Mill Creek, Mountain, Ouachita, Ozark, Potter, Rich Mountain and White. A large part of the county is in the Arkansas National Forest. Hunting and timber attracted many of the early settlers, who came principally from Illinois, Tennessee, and Kentucky.

See the next two pages for a list and map of places in Polk County that are on the National Register of Historic Places.


Polk County Map of National

Bard Springs Bathhouse, Bard Springs Dam No. 1, Bard Springs Dam No. 2, Bard Springs Picnic Shelter (No longer standing) - Forest Service Road 106, northwest of Athens, in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area of the Ouachita National Forest

Bogg Springs Hotel (Demolished in 2014 by property owners.) - Highway 84, Bogg Springs

Buckeye Vista Overlook - Forest Service Road 38, Athens

Ebenezer Monument - Junction of 9th and Church Sts., Mena

Elks Lodge -500 Mena St., Mena

C.E. Foster House - Northern side of Highway 88, west of its junction with Highway 272, Mena

Janssen Park - Between Janssen and Port Arthur Ave., and 7th and 9th Sts., Mena

Mena Commercial Historic District - Mena St. between Port Arthur and Gillham Ave.; Sherwood Ave. between Mena and DeQueen St.; and U.S. Route 71 south of Mena

Mena Kansas City-Southern Depot - West of the junction of Pickering Ave. and Mena St., entrance along Sherwood Ave., Mena

Mountain Fork Bridge - County Road 38 over Mountain Fork Creek, Between Mena and Hatfield

National Guard Armory - Junction of DeQueen and Maple Sts., Mena

Old Post Office - 520 N. Mena St., Mena

Polk County Courthouse - Northeastern corner of the junction of Church Ave. and DeQueen St., Mena

St. Agnes Catholic Church - Junction of 8th and Walnut Sts., Mena

Shady Lake Bathhouse - County Road 64 in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area of the Ouachita National Forest

Shady Lake Caretaker's House - Forest Service Road 38 in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area of the Ouachita National Forest

Shady Lake CCC Bridge No. 1 - Forest Service Road 38 over the South Fork of the Saline River

Shady Lake CCC Bridge No. 2 - Shady Lake Campground loop road over the East Fork of the Saline River

Shady Lake Dam - County Road 64 in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area of the Ouachita National Forest

Shady Lake Picnic Pavilion - Forest Service Road 38 in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area of the Ouachita National Forest

Shady Lake Recreation Area Historic District- Forest Service Road 38 of the Ouachita National Forest. All in the vicinity of Athens

Judge Benjamin Shaver House - 701 12th St., Mena

State Line Marker - 17 miles northwest of Mena on Highway 88, Mena, extends into Le Flore County, Oklahoma

Studebaker Showroom - 519 Port Arthur, Mena

Sugar Creek Vista Overlook - Forest Service Road 38, Athens

Tall Peak Fire Tower - Forest Service Road 38A northwest of Athens in the Caney Creek Wildlife Management Area of the Ouachita National Forest, Athens

U.S. Highway State Highway National Forest

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Historic Downtown Mena

If it’s culture you desire during your stay, take a trip downtown. Mena may be considered a small, quiet, and quaint place, but its heart is lively. A mix of old and new make up the downtown district, where you can catch a glimpse of the past while enjoying the experiences of the present.

North Mena Street is the official beginning (or end depending on which way your journey takes you) to the Talimena National Scenic Byway. It is also home to the emerging Downtown Arts District, where you will find galleries and shops full of world class treasures. Glass work, pottery, painting, and weaving are all showcased in the area. The performing arts are alive and well at the Ouachita Little Theatre, located in a restored 1923 movie house originally called The Lyric. Here you can catch a local production nearly any weekend of the year.

Looking to strengthen your body after satisfying your artistic side? Treat yourself to a dance class or mixed martial arts or treat yourself to something sweet at one of the many cafe’s and eateries. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are all served in the district. We know our coffee, and curbing your caffeine craving will never be a problem with one of our three specialty coffee houses.

You’ll find retail shops and boutique stores offering everything from clothing, flowers, and jewelry all the way to cosmetics, furniture, and home goods. If something unique is what you are searching for, stop by one of the numerous antique stores and get lost for hours browsing the treasures of the past.

This is just one example of several murals that decorate the walls of historic buildings in Mena.

Whether spending your day shopping with friends, creating a masterpiece with family, or just taking a solo stroll. The historic downtown district holds something for everyone and is a must during your visit to Mena.


Educational Facilities

You’ve got choices when it comes to education in Polk County. Three school districts are located in the area and each offers something unique to its students. Athletics, performing arts, STEM programs, and much more make Polk County an excellent choice for raising the leaders of tomorrow. In addition, our two-year university is under the umbrella of the University of Arkansas and offers Associates Degrees, Transferable Courses and Degrees, and Certificate and Technical Programs.

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The Arts District

Mena has a bustling Downtown Arts District that stretches up and down Mena Street, right in the heart of the city. In the District, you’ll find everything from fine arts to performing arts, fiber art, glass art, and so much more. Here’s a sample of what awaits you on your next trip to downtown Mena, Arkansas.

Mena Art Gallery

Mena Art Gallery is located in beautiful downtown Mena. Though this inviting and cozy gallery may not be large in scale, the shows presented are on the national level. The Mena Art Gallery supports individual and community involvement in the creative arts and strives to inspire and serve all ages of artists. In addition to art shows and exhibits, the gallery provides workshops, seminars, field trips, classes, and more. To learn about all the Mena Art Gallery has to offer, visit the gallery at 607 Mena Street or call 479 394-3880.

Ouachita Little Theatre

Ouachita Little Theater is a performing arts organization in the town of Mena, nestled in the magnificent Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas. The OLT’s mission is to plan productions, recruit qualified directors, perform shows for children and adults and produce workshops in the theater arts. When visiting, please stop by the Ouachita Little Theatre at 610 Mena Street. For more information about OLT, acting, becoming a volunteer, renting the theater for your performance or event, or costume rental, call the information line at 479-243-0186, email or visit their website,

American Artisans

American Artisans is a distinctive gallery representing quality artisans from Polk County and across the nation. The high quality work includes blown glass, wood turning, wood boxes, jewelry, gourd art, paintings, kaleidoscopes, pottery and many more exceptional items. Stop in to shop and stay for an incredible lunch! American Artisans is located at 615 Mena Street. Please call 479 394-1112, for additional information. and


Wild Hare Art Glass Studio and Gallery

As you explore the many shops of the Mena Arts District, be sure to indulge your creative side at the Wild Hare Art Glass Studio and Gallery. This imaginative studio inspires its guests with original, exquisite designs. Here you will find unique gifts ranging from wall hangings to ornaments, birds to bird houses, and platters to stained glass. For the artists, a wide variety of art supplies are available to help you create your masterpiece. Wild Hare Art Glass Studio and Gallery features an on-site kiln and offers many classes and workshops. Stop by, relax, and see what inspires you!

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Rich Mountain Fiber Co.

One of downtown Mena's newest additions is Rich Mountain Fiber Co. Opened in 2022, the fiber company offers an array of yarns, macrame, crafting needles and books, and work from local artisans. Rich Mountain Fiber Co. also offers several classes and stitching sessions to teach everyone from beginners to advanced crafters. Stop by and see Missy for more information at 700 Mena Street. to information at 700 Mena Street.

Rich Mountain Music & Jewelry

If you're looking for a new tune to play or the perfect bling for this weekend's outfit, check out Rich Mountain Music & Jewelry. Located at 801 Mena Street, RMMJ has everything you need in the way of musical instruments and they even perform repairs as well. Diamonds are a girl's best friend and their are dozens of beautiful creations that line the display cases. RMMJ owner, Rebeca Morren, is always creating something new so you never know what you might find in this one-of-a-kind store in downtown Mena, Arkansas.


Her Majesty

Wilhelmina State Park

Let’s create an adventure where the winding roads leave us with anticipation of what’s around the corner. A place where the breathtaking, panoramic views seem to go on forever and cotton candy sunsets sweeten the skies. You have an audience with the majestic Queen atop her beautiful, mountaintop setting at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. So, put the convertible top down or the kickstand up and let the adventure begin.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park is located on the Talimena Scenic Drive, northwest of Mena, Arkansas, on Rich Mountain. Rich Mountain is the second highest peak in Arkansas, at 2,681 feet. The jewel in the crown, of the park, is the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. The only open lodge on the 235 mile Ouachita Trail, the original “Castle in the Sky” was built in 1898 and has graced this same location since. The original lodge was built by the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad to house its passengers. As many of the railroad’s investors were Dutch, the lodge was named to honor Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, who was to be crowned in September 1898.

The grand opening of the Wilhelmina Inn occurred on June 22, 1898. The

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KCPG railroad, facing financial difficulties, sold the lodge to what later became the Kansas City Southern Railroad. The original inn fell into disrepair, and permanently closed in 1910.

The State Act 76 of 1957 created Queen Wilhelmina State Park and it was dedicated at the Louise Durham School in Mena with Governor Orval Faubus and Winthrop Rockefeller as the key-note speakers. A new lodge was built and opened June 22, 1963 using some of the original rock work and was in operation for 10 years. On November 10, 1973, a kitchen fire spread, destroying the lodge. A new lodge was then re-opened, in 1975 and is the third to have reigned over this location. The refurbished Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge reopened to the public in 2015, after a $9.6 million renovation and expansion.

The lodge was expanded from 25,881 square feet to 37,029 square feet to include the addition of a new hearth room with fireplace. This room boasts an incredible wall of windows which frames the wide open views of the Ouachita Mountains. Today’s Queen Wilhelmina Lodge offers 40 guest rooms, including Queen, King, King with spa tub and gas fireplace, and King Suite choices. Two guest rooms on each floor, at the west end, include gas fireplaces and spa tubs. If it is business accommodations you are looking for, there is an upstairs meeting facility that includes a balcony overlooking the south view from the mountain.

When it’s time for a quick break, a wrap-around porch, on the building’s south side, provides guests and visitors with a comfortable outdoor space. Be sure to get fueled up before heading out on your adventure. Breakfast, lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the Queen’s Restaurant. Enjoy fine Southern fare with world class views. Before you leave, stop by the treasure-filled gift shop. There are many beautiful and unique items to choose from.

In addition to the lodge, Queen Wilhelmina State Park encompasses 460 acres, featuring a campground with 41 campsites and a bathhouse. Park campsites, hiking trails and overlooks are just a short walk from the lodge. There are picnic areas, trails, and a seasonal miniature train and mini-golf course. Take advantage of the daily, weekly, and monthly activities to participate in including park interpretive programs that highlight Rich Mountain’s unique fauna and flora. The park is located on Ark. 88 (Talimena National Scenic Byway) 13 miles west of Mena. To plan your adventure, visit the Queen Wilhelmina State Park website at www. or call (877) 879-2741 or (479) 394-2863.

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Outdoor Adventure

Polk County is home to the Ouachita National Forest, which covers 37% of the county, filling it with forests, hills, and waterways perfect for your next adventure. The valleys and peaks of the Ouachita Mountains offer a wide range of outdoor activities suitable for all ages.

Our forests are filled with trails for walking, hiking, cycling, and even ATV riding. Polk County’s waterways are perfect for fishing, swimming, kayaking, or just enjoying a picnic by the peacefulness of a mountain stream. Our unique rock formations and the age of the Ouachita Mountains give rockhounds a treasure trove of rocks and minerals to explore. With the unique flora and fauna of the Ouachita National Forest, bird watching is a true treat in our neck of the woods as well as watching sunrises and sunsets from one of our beautiful mountain tops. No matter what type of outdoor adventure you’re looking for, we’ve got something for you!


Area Parks

Janssen Park

Take a step back in time, at Mena’s beautiful Janssen Park. Located within walking distance of Mena Street, this jewel invites you in like a familiar friend. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this 10-acre park hosts an 1851 log cabin which has served many purposes in its lifetime. It is rumored to have been used as a hideout by outlaw Jesse James, and has been used as a hospital, post office, and city hall over the years. The park contains two spring-fed ponds, two Mountain Howitzer Cannons, and a bronze boy and girl fountain purchased in 1914. Take a leisurely walk across the beautifully manicured grounds, gather for a picnic under the trees, plop down on a blanket and watch the ducks, or have a family gathering in the gazebo. Playground, picnic pavilion, basketball court, and restroom facilities are available.

McMillan Park

This large, wooded park is conveniently located a few blocks from downtown yet feels like it is miles away. A community treasure, McMillan Park offers something for everyone. If it’s a quiet picnic under the sprawling shade trees or a summer afternoon spent splashing in the neighborhood pool, make plans to enjoy all the park has to offer. McMillan Park features an Olympic-sized swimming pool, playgrounds, picnic pavilion, and the UofA Rich Mountain baseball/softball fields and practice facility.

Aubrey D. Tapley Sports Complex

This 74-acre park is located on Highway 71 North in Mena. There are currently 5 baseball/softball fields, soccer fields, concession facilities including a pavilion, restrooms, and two playgrounds. The future is bright for the complex as many more projects are being planned. In fact, new tennis courts are currently under construction and a splash pad is coming soon. The complex also serves as the venue for community events including the Annual 4th of July Celebration and multiple tournaments each year.

Hatfield City Park

A beautiful park located in the heart of the community offering a paved walking trail, seven outdoor exercise stations, handicapped accessible picnic tables, playground, restroom facilities, and a small stage for performances.

Cove Park

Small in size, but big on fun! This quaint park has plenty of structures for kids and those of us who are kids at heart. A basketball court and covered picnic pavilion round out the offerings.


Local State Parks

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

For views that go on for miles and miles, a trip to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a must. The park is located on Ark. 88 (Talimena National Scenic Byway) 13 miles west of Mena and encompasses 460 acres, featuring a campground with 41 campsites and a bathhouse. There are picnic areas, trails, and a seasonal miniature train and mini-golf course. The park offers daily, weekly, and monthly activities to participate in including park interpretive programs that highlight Rich Mountain’s unique fauna and flora. Park campsites, hiking trails and overlooks are just a short walk from the lodge. For more information or to make a reservation call 877-879-2741 or 479-394-2863.

Cossatot River State Park

The Cossatot River flows through the Ouachita National Forest offering a beautiful, yet challenging course for kayakers and canoeists. Cossatot is roughly translated from an Indian word meaning “skull crusher” and the river has been called “the most challenging section of whitewater between the Smokies and the Rockies.” The Cossatot is 89 miles long, begins southeast of Mena, and is listed as a National Wild and Scenic River and an Arkansas Natural and Scenic River. When local rainfall increases the watershed, the river forms Cossatot Falls, a rocky canyon with a series of back-to-back class III-IV+ rapids that drop around 40 feet in 1/8 of a mile. With names such as Washing Machine, Whiplash, and Devil’s Hollow Falls, adventure and adrenaline are likely flow as fast as the river. Camping sites are located near the Cossatot Falls area, and at the nearby Brushy Creek Recreation area with four scenic trails, spanning nearly 20 miles, for hikers to enjoy. Cossatot River State Park Visitor’s Center is located at 1980 Hwy 278 W, in Wickes. 870385-2201.

Family Fun

Board Camp Crystal Mine

Dig your own crystals at the all natural Board Camp Crystal Mine! Everyone will find crystals to take home! We respect the Earth and don’t use heavy equipment. We only dig by hand and will show you how! We are family and dog-friendly, mobility accessible, and shady in the summer! Visit our Crystal Shop and relax at our Crystal Cottage with mountain views! Also, experience the UnXplained Tour! Hear the story, see the evidence, then you decide! Please reserve your get-away at or call 479-2430771.

The Blue Zip Line & Farm

Fly like a bird and soar among the trees! The Blue Zip Line and Farm provides its guests with a thrilling adventure. Located on the Banks of the Irons Fork River, come experience a new way to view the incredible Ouachita Mountains. Set among 300 year old oak trees, The Blue is an excursion like no other. If you are looking for a unique gift idea or would like to arrange a group outing, the owners can help you plan your adventure. They are also autism friendly; hence the name The Blue. 142 Polk Road 185 in Mena. 479-2168639

Mountain Glory Station and the Glory Train

All aboard! It’s time for a rail trip around Queen Wilhelmina State Park. You’ll discover a miniature train and depot perched high atop Rich Mountain. The Glory Train chugs around two miles of track with stops along the way to capture the views along the southern vista. While you’re there, make plans to have some fun on the newly refurbished Rich Mountain Minigolf. Once you have worked up an appetite, stop by the Mountain Glory Station and enjoy their eats and sweets. 3897 Hwy 88. Mena. 479-437-3331

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Backroads & Trails

Whetheryou're looking for a swimming hole, a picnic spot, or just a peaceful drive, Polk County's backroads and trails have everything you're looking for. Each road leads to a new adventure. There are areas where atvs roam free, hikers can day trip or overnight hike in the most beautiful forest, and so much more.

Grab a county map at the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce and take off on our dirt roads where creeks line the drive, wildlife abounds, and peace awaits!

Wolf Pen Gap

Let the journey begin! Bring your friends, family, ATV’s, UTV’s, and ORV’s and let’s go exploring. It’s time to hit the trails of the Wolf Pen Gap Trail System and see what incredible destinations we can discover. Visitors travel to the trails, from across the nation, to ride the diverse terrain and more than 40 miles of looping, connected trails. With its soaring mountain vistas and numerous creeks and rivers, this is the perfect spot for a getaway. Make sure to get that perfect photo when you visit the two footed oak, the abandoned mine shaft and Little Missouri Falls. If it’s luxurious cabins or primitive camping you seek, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodations. From beginner to expert, for the laid back and the thrill seeker, the Wolf Pen Gap Trail System offers something for everyone. So, whether it’s a day, weekend, week, or longer, make plans to travel off the beaten path.

Mountain Biking

Offering a variety of terrain, many trail options, and natural beauty around every bend, Western Arkansas is quickly becoming a preferred destination for mountain biking. Bring your bike, hit the many trails, and feel the exhilaration and excitement of this amazing area. The trails around Polk County offer a wide variety of challenges to accommodate any skill level. Whatever route you choose, incredible woodlands, peaceful streams, spectacular waterfalls, and refreshing mountain air are waiting to greet you. Mountain biking has become such a popular attraction to the area that more trails are being proposed in the county with a specific emphasis on a trail system on Rich Mountain. Learn more at

ATVs line up along the roadside in the Wolf Pen Gap area of Polk County.

Hiking and Backpacking

If rugged, remote, and beautiful is your definition of a good time, the mountains of the Mena/Polk County area are the destination for you. Whether a novice or experienced hiker, the trails of the Ouachita Mountains introduce those who enter to an incredible adventure. If a day hike is on your agenda, Earthquake Ridge, Orchard Trail, and Shady Lake Trail offer easy to moderate trails with wonderful views. If you are traveling along the Talimena Scenic Drive and want to stretch your legs for a bit, Queen Wilhelmina State Park invites you to stop and explore. Lovers Leap, Reservoir, and Spring Trails can all be accessed from the park and provide easy to strenuous treks. For those interested in a longer, more challenging journey, venture out to the Wolf Pen Gap Trail System. While some trails are easy, those wishing for a more difficult challenge can find it here. Or set your sights on the Ouachita National Recreation Trail. This is the longest trail in the Ouachita National Forest and spans 192 miles across its entire length. With panoramic views and elevations reaching 2,600 feet, beauty and adventure await you along this impressive trail. When it’s time for a solo trek or family outing, visit the mountains, rivers, and trails around Mena to unplug and reconnect with the outdoors.

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A hiker looks over the Ouachita Mountains from a vista at Queen Wilhelmina State Park.

Rivers & Lakes

Arkansas summers are hot, and the best way to cool off is a trip to the nearest body of water. Locals know the best places, and are usually agreeable to share the location of their favorite spot or at the very least, their second favorite spot.

Bard Springs

Located next to a small scenic stream in a remote mountain setting, the Bard Springs Recreation Area offers five adirondake-type shelters for picnicking. A very small dam on the stream creates a pool of water that is popular with swimmers in the summertime. Once a small campground in the past, this area is now open for day-use only. No electricity or water is available at the site, but a vault toilet is provided. Nearby Shady Lake offers camping opportunities. Call the Mena-Oden Ranger District at 479-394-2382 for more information.

Cossatot River State Park - Natural Area

The Cossatot River flows through the Ouachita National Forest offering a beautiful, yet challenging course for kayakers and canoeists as well as numerous sandbars and swimming holes for those who prefer to live life at a slower pace. When local rainfall increases the watershed, the river forms Cossatot Falls, a rocky canyon with a series of back-to-back class III-IV+ rapids that drop around 40 feet in 1/8 of a mile. With names such as Washing Machine, Whiplash, and Devil’s Hollow Falls, adventure and adrenaline are likely flow as fast as the river. The rest of the year, the river meanders lazily and is a welcome respite from the Arkansas heat. Camping sites are located near the Cossatot Falls area, and at the nearby Brushy Creek Recreation area with four scenic trails, spanning nearly 20 miles, for hikers to enjoy. Cossatot River State Park Visitor’s Center is located at 1980 Hwy 278 W, in Wickes. You can reach them at 870-385-2201.

Little Missouri Falls

Little Missouri Falls is a stair-step fall situated in a deep gorge that attracts those looking to explore, those looking to relax, and those in search of the perfect photo opportunity. A short hike on a paved trail is required to reach the falls, and is worth every step. As soon as one lays eyes on this gorgeous section of the Little Missouri River, they instantly know that they will return. Restrooms, an observation site, picnic tables, and barbecue grills are available. Contact the Caddo-Womble Ranger District at 870-867-2101 for more information.

Relaxing at Bard Springs. Photo by Lacey Yoakem

Lake Wilhelmina

Lake Wilhelmina 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. Polk Road 125, Mena.

Mountain Fork River

The Upper Mountain Fork River offers 31.7 miles of canoeing or kayaking from near Hatfield, Arkansas to Broken Bow Lake in Oklahoma. This part of the river has Class I and II rapids, clear water, fishing for Smallmouth bass and other species, and excellent scenery with pine forests covering the hills and bluffs along the river’s course. Water levels in the river are generally adequate for boating year-round.

Ouachita River

The Ouachita is a river of diverse beauty. It begins as a small mountain stream at Eagleton (Polk County) and flows eastward for approximately 120 miles. It winds through lush mountain valleys, steadily building as it flows between huge boulders and beneath mountain bluffs. The Ouachita River is noted for its great fishing, especially bass, bream, and white perch. Wildlife is prolific along the banks of the river. For more information, contact the Mena-Oden Ranger District at 479394-2382.

Shady Lake

Shady Lake is a small, but scenic, 25-acre secluded lake in the southern Ouachita National Forest southeast of Mena. This area and the lake were developed by the CCC in the 1930s. The Shady Lake Trail traverses Saline Creek and passes the historic Shady Lake Dam. The campground offers 64 sites for campers, both tent and RV/trailer. Twenty of the sites offer water and electric hookups, with most of those being able to accomodate Rvs up to 30 feet long. The rest of the campsites, 44 of them, are primitive tent camping sites, offering no hookups. The campground (in-season) offers showers and flush toilets, and a dump station as well. Call the Mena-Oden Ranger District at 479-394-2382 for more information.

Sunset at Lake Wilhelmina. Photo by Lacey Yoakem Beautiful view at Shady Lake. Photo by Samantha Maechler

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Maddox & Maddox, Attorneys

520 Church Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6060


71 Customs, Tint, & Accessories

1509 Highway 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6424

A & B Tire Service

1400 Highway 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1222

Baywash Car Wash

205 North Morrow Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-1572

Country Express

1146 HWY 71 South

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7310

Michael Hamby, P.A.

610 Church Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 252-2324

DDH 10 Minit Lube

210 HWY 71 South Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-0010

Hornet Tire & Automotive, LLC

109 South 5th Street Cove, AR 71937

(870) 387-8270

Ouachita Collision Center

1506 Highway 71 South

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Richie’s Discount Auto Glass

3008 HWY 71 South Mena, AR 71953 (479) 243-2373

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Splash Car Wash

504 US-71

Mena, AR 71953

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Spurgin’s Southern Auto Supply, Inc.

201 HWY 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-6351

Teeter Motor Co.

1201 B HWY 71 South

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-2040


Hampton Aviation

196 Hwy 980

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5290

R & C Aviation

293 Polk Road 52

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4780


Arvest Bank

1608 HWY 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-8210

Chambers Bank

300 U.S. HWY 71

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5161

Diamond Bank

203 US-71

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-0123

The Corner

1100 HWY 71 North Suite 0

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1120

The Tire Shop of Mena

808 HWY 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-5122

Tim’s Yamaha

1411 HWY 71 South Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4539

Rose-Wood Completions

145 Airport Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(877) 394-2525

First Financial Bank

600 US 71

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-1707

Union Bank of Mena

303 U.S. HWY 71

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2211


Computer & Internet

Davis Brothers Satellite

120 Hwy 71

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7960

Vyve Broadband

1819 Airport Road

Shawnee, Ok 74804

(588) 785-8983

WP-Goodness, LLC

1504 Oak Grove Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 274-8884

Zyrka, LLC

199 Ryder Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(214) 397-0800


Aleshire Electric

1003 Mena Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-2053

Alston Land Services, LLC

2852 HWY 88 East

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-1376

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D & D Mena Rentals

918 Hwy 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

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Earthways Outdoor Services, LLC

126 Polk Road 674

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-9009

Gilbert’s Hard Rock Drilling

908 Fourth Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5087

Handy Hardware

2584 Hwy 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3648

Insulation Works, Inc.

7887 Hwy 71 South

Wickes, AR 71973

(870) 385-7364

Design/Marketing/ Printing

C & C Signworks

561 Hwy 375 East

Mena, AR 71953

(903) 407-3981

Martin Marietta – Hatton Quarry

323 Polk 15

Cove, AR 71937

(870) 385-2301

Red River Ready Mix

181 Polk Road 43

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5033

Scott Kiersey Heat & Air

1001 Hwy 71 South

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-9600

Wholesale Electrical Supply

507 Sherwood Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5110

Fenix Industries

4104 East 9th Street

Texarkana, AR 71854

(870) 584-9199

Miller Signs & Graphix

1100 Hwy 71 North, Suite F

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-6140

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South Main Signs & Graphics

901 South Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-5149


Cossatot River School District

130 School Drive

Wickes, AR 71973 (870) 385-7101

Mena Public School District

501 Hickory Street

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-1710

The Office Store

201 North Morrow

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 243-0333

Ouachita River School District

143 Polk 96 Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-2348

PCDC Adult Edu. & Wellness Center

1410-R Amsterdam

Mena, AR (479) 437-3722


UARM School of Cosmetology

601 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6808 cosmetology

Entertainment & Recreation


American Artisans Eatery & Gallery

615 Mena Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1112

Henry's Studio & Ateleir

124 Pinecrest Lane

Mena, AR 71953

University of Arkansas-Rich Mountain

1100 College Drive

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7622

Trinity Lutheran Church Welcomes You! Come Visit Us!

Sunday School & Bible Class – 9 AM Worship Service – 10 AM

Refreshments & Fellowship Follow Worship

Shared Dish Dinner Follows Worship (Second Sunday of the Month)

Worshipping in Mena Since 1899!

P.O Box 1305

The Oldest Church Building Still in Use in Mena Today! Member of The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod!

1010 Dequeen Street

Mena, Arkansas 71953

(479) 394-1290

Knotty Woods Custom Wood Work

223 Herrington Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-8546

Lum N’ Abner Jot ‘Em

Down Store & Museum

4562 Hwy 88 West

Pine Ridge, AR 71966

(870) 326-4442

Mena Art Gallery

607 Mena Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3880

Mena Historic Depot & Museum

524 Sherwood Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

Wild Hare Art Glass Studio & Gallery

609 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-4927

Event Venues/Services

385 Events

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-1005



Event Venues/Services cont.

Avalon Keep Botanical Gardens

4671 Hwy 8 West

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 437-4902


CMA Iron Mountain

112 Iron Mountain Ln

Mena, AR 71953

(870) 389-6560

Daisy Room

Janssen Ave. Florist

800 Janssen Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-8019

Outdoor Adventures

Board Camp Crystal Mine, LLC

P.O. Box 71

Board Camp, AR 71932 (479) 243-0771

Cossatot River State Park

1980 Hwy 278 W. Wickes, AR (870) 385-2201 cossatotriver/

DLR Offroad and Offroad Rentals

1142 HWY 71 South

Mena, AR 79153

(479) 385-5041

Lion's Club Disc Golf Course

Mena Lion's Club

500 Lions Club Rd

Mena, AR 71953

Ouachita Center

U of A Rich Mountain

1100 College Dr. Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-7622

PC Housing Authority Community Room

509 South Morrow St. Mena, AR 71953 479-394-1569

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge

3877 Highway 88 West Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-2863 queen-wilhelmina-state-park

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

3877 Hwy 88 W

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-2863

The Blue Zipline & Farm

142 Polk Rd 185

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 216-8639

Trailhead ATV Rentals

115 Polk Rd. 55

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 216-1429

Wolf Pen Gap ATV Rentals

1191 Polk Rd 61

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 243-0746



Mena Silver Screen

1200 Pine Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

Financial Services

Edward Jones & Associates

501 Hwy. 71 N

P.O. Box 1261

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7940

Farm Credit Services of Western Arkansas

1607 US-71

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1027

H & R Block

703 HWY 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2144


Allbaugh's Florist & Gifts

709 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4616

Funeral Homes & Monument Services

Beasley-Wood Funeral Home

611 Janssen

Mena, AR

(479) 394-1310

Bowser Family Funeral Home

2608 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR

(479) 394-4477

Ouachita Little Theatre

610 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-0042 or (479) 234-5521

Herod & Herod, CPA PA

601 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7830

MW Hope Financial Solutions

127 Chamberlain Lane

Mena AR, 71953

(479) 234-7330

River Valley Wealth Management

4675 Highway 71 South

Hatfield, AR 71945

(479) 234-6353

Sanford & Company

812 Dequeen Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5414

Janssen Avenue Florist & Gifts

800 Janssen Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-8019


Cotner/Heritage Monument

2601 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7092


Health Services

Emergency Services

AirMed Care

P.O. Box 610

Murfreesboro, AR

(870) 925-1269

Holistic Health Services

Living Tree Therapy Day Spa

409 Eagle Gap Avenue

Mena, AR 71953


100 May Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(713) 553-9600

Hospitals, Physicians, & Clinics

Mena Regional Health System Hospital

311 N Morrow St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6100

Access Medical Urgent Care

1805 Hwy 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-2826

All About You Healthcare

601 Maple Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-5081

First Care Family Health and Walk-In Clinic

1706 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1500

Southwest EMS, Inc.

1311 Hwy. 71 N, Suite C

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3434

Mena Spine & Rehab

701 S Morrow Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 437-4444

SacredTouch Massage & Bodywork

400 F Crestwood Circle

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-5464 Mena~Massage~STMB

Goodnight Family Healthcare, PLLC

403 Morrow St. N Suite D

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 437-6080

Healthy Connections

136 Health Park Dr.

Mena, AR

(479) 243-0279 or (479) 437-3449

Mountain View Clinic

1102 Crestwood Cir.

Mena, AR

(479) 394-7301


Pharmacies & Medical Supply

Durable Medical Equipment & Supply

300 B Crestwood Circle

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1142

Freedom Pharmacy

710 4th Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 437-3089

Vision and Other Services

Arkansas Blood Institute

5300 South U St.

Fort Smith, AR

(479) 431-5900

Born Again Recovery Ministries

PO Box 1655

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-8695

Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy

403 Morrow St. Ste G

Mena, AR 71953

(501) 622-2531

Elite Home Health

605 Magnolia Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1812


Creekside Apartments

1182 Hwy 71 S

Mena AR, 71953


Wal-Mart Pharmacy

600 Hwy 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3897 details

Elite Hospice, LHC Group

602 Dequeen St, Ave. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1134

Harbor House Prevention Programs

3811 Rogers Avenue

Ft. Smith, AR 72903 harborhouseprevention/

Peachtree Mena Assisted Living

1803 Cordie Dr. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2600

The Green House Cottages of Homewood

215 Homewood Dr. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3511

Wal-Mart Vision Center

Hwy 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1143

Polk County Housing Authority

509 S Morrow Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1569

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AR Blue Cross/Blue Shield

3501 Old Greenwood Rd, Ste. 55

Ft. Smith, AR 72903

(479) 648-1635

Barbara Klutts Insurance

151 Ryan Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-9384

Baron Insurance Agency

1182 Hwy. 71

Mena, AR 71953

(870) 715-5278

George Davis - State Farm Insurance

410 Sherwood Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4521

Globe Life Liberty National Everett & Associates

51-01 Rocky Road

Greenbrier, AR 72058

(501) 349-2303


Earthways Outdoor Services, LLC

126 Polk Road 674

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-9009


Bed & Breakfasts, Inns

A-Bear's Den B&B

2205 Church St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-8519

Matt Thomas - State Farm Insurance

1311A Hwy 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 437-3400

Mena Insurance Agency

206 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2244

Polk County Farm Bureau

309 S Morrow Ave.

Mena, AR

(479) 394-3650

Shelter Insurance

205 N Morrow Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1181

Laundry Services

The Mena Laundry

601 Hwy. 71 N, Suite V

Mena, AR 71953

(870) 582-5830

Be-Bopper's Inn

1162 Hwy 71 South

Mena, AR 71953

Janssen Park Place B&B

511 9th St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1880


The Sassafras Inn

1201 Reine Street South

Mena, AR 71953

Studio 293 Guest House

3005 Polk Road 293 Mena, AR 71953

Cabins & Campgrounds

Board Camp Crystal Mine's Crystal Cottage

110 Polk Rd. 62

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 243-0771

CMA Cabins & RV

112 Iron Mtn Ln. Mena, AR 71953 (870) 389-6196

Conifer Area Properties

3838 AR-8 Mena, AR 71953 (833) 247-5367

Cornerstone Mountain Retreat

283 Cornerstone Lane

Hatfield, AR 71945 (479) 234-8245

https://www.cornerstonemountainretreat. com/home

Hotels, Motels

Executive Inn

704 Hwy. 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3710

Ozark Inn

2102 Hwy 71 South

Mena AR 71953

(479) 394-1100

The Carriage House

701 12th Street

Mena, AR 71953


Elks Lodge RV Camping

124 Elk Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3740

Heath Valley Cabins

1210 Polk Rd. 61

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 243-0911

Trailhead ATV Rentals, LLC

116 Polk Rd 55 Mena, AR 71953

Meadow Pine Cabins

698 Polk 26 Hatfield, AR 71945


Mena Mountaintop Cabins

141 Cabins Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-1598

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge

3877 Hwy. 88 W

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2863

Sun Country Inn

1309 Hwy 71 North

Mena, AR 71953 (877) 394-7477



Aynes Ice, LLC

500 Ridge Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4942

Hiland Dairy Company

204 Maple Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1891

MontCo Mfg.

3183 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4500

Nidec Motor Corporation - US


500 N Morrow Ave.

Mena, AR

(479) 394-8879 or (479) 394-8758

PCDC Adult Work Center (Recycling)

205 S. Morrow St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-0077

R&D Industries, Inc.

141 Polk Road 113

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4431

Smith Pallet Company

159 Polk 29

Hatfield, AR 71945

(870) 389-6184

Sterling Machinery Company

104 Port Arthur St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4248


KAWX 93.1 FM & 94.9 FM Community

Christian Radio

208 Dogwood Dr. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-5428

KTTG 96.3 FM ESPN Radio

P.O. Box 3043

Harrison, AR 72602

(479) 484-7285

Pulse Multi-Media

1168 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-9600

The Mena Star - Mena/Waldron Newspapers

501 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1900

2656 HWY 71 N MENA, AR 71953
(479) 285 6508
Putting You In Charge

Organizations - Civic/ Non-Profit

AR Department of Workforce Services

1100 College Drive

Abernathy Building

P.O. Box 230

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3060

Arkansas Div. of Services for the Blind

700 Main Street

Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 682-5463 division-of-services-for-the-blind


606 Pine Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4707

Born Again Recovery Ministries

PO Box 1655

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-8695

CASA of the Ouachita Region, Inc.

812 B DeQueen St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-9277

(479) 234-8566

Christian Motorcyclists Association

4278 Hwy 71 S

P.O. Box 9

Hatfield, AR 71945

(870) 389-6196

City of Mena, AR

Mayor: Seth Smith

520 N Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4585

Clarice's Room of Hope

403 Morrow St. N. Suite C

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-5071

Cooper- Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center

403 Morrow Street, Suite G Mena, AR 71953

LifeLine Service Dogs

141 Well Yard Lane Mena, AR 71953

(478) 858-8820

Harbor House Prevention Programs

3811 Rogers Avenue, Suite B

Fort Smith, AR 72903

(479) 652-3904

Humane Society of the Ouachitas

366 Polk Rd. 50

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5682

Marine Corps Detachment League

P.O. Box 1215

Mena, AR 71953

Masonic Lodges of Polk County

701 Port Arthur Mena, AR 71953

Mena Advertising & Promotions Commission

520 N. Mena St. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-8355


Mena Downtown Partners

PO Box 825

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-3043 discoverdowntownmena/

Mena Elks Lodge B.P.O.E. #781

124 Elk Ln.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3740

(479) 394-9919

Mena Lioness Lions Club

PO Box 688

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-1351

Mena Lions Club & Disc Golf Course

P.O. Box 44

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1955

Mena Ranger District US Forest Service

1603 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2382

Polk County Developmental Center

201 S Morrow Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2671

Polk County Cattlemen's Association

3562 Polk Road 54

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-2832

http://www.polkcountycattlemensassociation. com/

Polk County Fair & Rodeo Association

156 Polk Rd. 43

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-2477


Polk County Housing Authority

509 S Morrow Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1569

Polk County Library - Ouachita

Mountain Regional Library

410 8th St

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2314

Polk County Officials

507 Church Ave

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-8130

Polk County Republican Party

John Maddox, Chairman

Polk County Senior Center

401 Autumn Drive

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5459

Pet Services

Happy Tails Pet Services


Humane Society of the Ouachitas

368 Polk Rd. 50

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5682

Quality Of Life Coalition

P.O. Box 1135

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-3605

Rotary Club of Polk County

P.O. Box 1776

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1801 RotaryClubPolkCountyMena/

The CALL of Polk County

1311 B Hwy 71

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-3498

Talimena Scenic Drive Association

53157 Hwy 59

Hodgen, OK 74939

(918) 653-2187

UofA Polk County Extension Cooperative Services

211 DeQueen St

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6018

LifeLine Service Dogs

141 Well Yard Lane

Mena, AR 71953

(478) 858-8820

Southern Paws of Mena

1250 Crestwood

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-8695

Civic/Non-Profit cont.
Organizations -
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Real Estate

Century 21/Perry Real Estate

1118 Hwy 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6500

Deana Dixon, Select Realty

1161 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 79153

(479) 234-7572

Holly Springs Real Estate

1114 Highway 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4200

John & Christy Titsworth

1182 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-2304 or (479) 216-0050

RE/MAX Mena Real Estate

816 S Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5000

Select Realty

1161 Highway 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7676

United Country Arkansas Properties

1182 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7545

Keller Williams Realty

511 Mena Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-5080


The Turner Team at Keller Williams

511 Mena Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-6006 for Bridgett Turner

(479) 234-8546 for Lucas Turner

Religious Services

Calvary Baptist Church

2100 West 375

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7730

Christ Community Fellowship

2837 Hwy 88 East

PO Box 405

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-7943

First Christian Church

1010 Port Arthur

Mena, AR 71953


Religious Services cont.

First Presbyterian Church

904 Church Ave

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3583

First United Methodist Church

501 9th St

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3051

St. Agnes Catholic Church

203 8th Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1017


Don's E-Z Pay, Inc.

402 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5844 takingtimetocareforourcustomers/


American Artisans

615 Mena St. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1112

Chicollo's Food Emporium

Catering/Mobile Food Kitchen

1308 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR

(479) 234-8236

Chopping Block Steakhouse

705 Gilham Avenue Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6410

Country Express

1146 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7310

The Crossing

106 Mena St

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7600

Trinity Lutheran Church

1010 Dequeen St

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1290

LaVilla Mexican Restaurant

1100 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-0822

Little Italy Pizza Pasta & Subs II

1411 Hwy 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-9618

Papa's Mexican Cafe

1317 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6521

Queen's Restaurant

Queen Wilhelmina State Park

3877 Hwy. 88 W Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2863


Sassafras Cakery

821 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(903) 253-5588 sassafrascakerymena

Sassy Squatch, LLC

504 US-71 South

Mena, AR 71953

(844) 479-7277 SassySquatchofMena

Sonic Drive-In

1001 Hwy 71 North, Mena, AR 71953

(479) 437-3001

Squeezy's Fresh Lemonade

107 HWY 71

Mena, AR 71953


1325 Hwy. 71S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2510

Retail/Convenience/ Distributors

Big Fork Mall

5988 Hwy 8 East

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-0553

AmeriChemm, LLC

2913 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1692

Suzy Q's Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor

601 Mena St. Mena, AR 71953 (479) 216-2297

The Coffee Vault, LLC

5607 Highway 71 South Cove, AR 71937 php?id=100054332301729

The Ouachitas

Dining, Coffee Bar, & Tap Room

821 Mena St. Mena, AR 71953 (479) 234-7305

Wendy's/Exxon/Baskin Robbins

901 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953 (479) 394-1572

Aynes Ice, LLC

(479) 394-4942

Belle Point Beverages, Inc

1 Bellepoint Place

Ft. Smith, AR 72901 (479) 782-3511

Books & Stuf

410 Sherwood Ave. #7

Mena, AR (479) 234-5568

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Retail/Convenience/Distributors cont.

Burford Distributing, Inc.

925 South H Street

PO Box 1663

Fort Smith, AR 72902

Coast to Coast

813 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3456

Country Express

1148 HWY 71 South

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7310

Depot Antiques

519 Sherwood Ave.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1149

Farmer's Co-Op

318 Hwy. 71 N.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3373

Goss Electronics

410 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2780

Handcrafted Garden Bridges

153 Hwy. 270 Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-0375

Handy Hardware

2584 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3648

Jake's Fireworks

2570 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-5088

James' Super Save Foods

707 7th St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-7257

Mena Pawn & Gun

1411 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5200

Mountain Pawn & Gun

1510 A Hwy 71 N

Mena, AR 71953


New Life Sports Emporium NewLifeSportsEmporium/

PCDC Resale Store

201 S Morrow Ave. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2671

PCDC Resale Store - Kids

811 Eagle Gap Mena, AR 71953

(479) 216-7341

Rich Mountain Fiber Co.

700 Mena Street

Mena, AR 71953

(636) 359-0911

Rich Mountain Music & Jewelry

801 Mena Street

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-6700

Russell Cellular- Mena

408 Hwy 71 N

Mena, AR 71953



Salvation Army Thrift Store

401 Sherwood Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 437-3110

Shoe Sensation

601-O Hwy 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 282-1995 arkansas/mena/shoe-sensation-in-mena-ar

The Corner

1100 Hwy. 71 N Ste. 0

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1120

The Office Store

Printing/Packaging Supplies

201 N. Morrow St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 243-0333

The Outback Barn

3321 Hwy 71 South

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1200

The Shop At The Foot Of The Hill

200 Grandview Hts.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-1169

Thibodeaux's Country Store

2467 Hwy 375 East

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-0994 ThibodeauxsCountryStore

Turner Specialty Products

1807 South Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

479 234-6244

Wal-Mart Supercenter

600 Hwy. 71 N

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-0025

Washburn's Home Furnishings

1020 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4332

Salons & Spas

Living Tree Therapy Day Spa

409 Eagle Gap Avenue

Mena, AR 71953

SacredTouch Massage & Bodywork

400 F Crestwood Circle

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 234-5464 Mena~Massage~STMB


Senior Services

Mena/Polk County Senior Activity Center

401 Autumn Dr. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5459 MenaSeniorCenter/

Transportation & Storage

JLM Transportation

1404 Hwy 71 North

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 385-0199

Utilities & Home Services

Area Solar, Inc.

207 Hwy. 246 West

Hatfield, AR 71945

(479) 285-6508


101 West Township

Fayetteville, AR


Mena Water Utilities

701 Mena St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2761

Rich Mountain Electric Co-Op

515 Janssen St.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-4140

Peachtree Mena Assisted Living

1803 Cordie Dr.

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2600

The Green House Cottages of Homewood

215 Homewood Dr. Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-3511

The Outback Barn, Inc.

3321 Highway 71 South

Mena, Arkansas 71953

(479) 394-1200


3183 Hwy 71 S

Mena, AR 71953


Southern Disposal

2608 Hwy. 8 E

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-2175

Pinnacle Propane / Southern LP Gas

2201 Hwy. 71 S

Mena, AR 71953

(479) 394-5900

Summit Utilities

2712 Market Trace #181090

Fort Smith, AR 72918

Vyve Broadband


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Helpful Information


Ambulance ∙ Fire ∙ Police ∙ Sheriff: 911


AT&T: 800-288-2020

Centerpoint Energy: 800-992-7552

Mena Water Utilities: 479-394-2761

Rich Mountain Electric Co-Op: 479-394-4140

Southwestern Electric Power Co: 888-216-3523

Vyve Broadband: 855-367-8983


AR Game & Fish Commission: 479-394-2441

Dept. of Child Support Enforcement:479-394-6339

Dept. of Community Punishment: 479-394-4107

Dept. of Human Services: 479-394-3100

Dept. of Workforce Services: 479-394-3060

Highway Department: 479-394-3612

Revenue Department: 479-394-2333


Circuit Clerk: 479-394-8100

Circuit Judge: 479-394-8107

County Clerk: 479-394-8123

Cooperative Extension: 479-394-6018

District Court Clerk: 479-394-3271

Health Dept: 479-394-2707

Housing Authority: 479-394-1565

In-Home Services: 479-394-3433

County Judge: 479-394-8133

Juvenile Intake: 479-394-8145

Juvenile Provation: 479-394-8146

Library: 479-394-2314

Prosecuting Attorney: 479-394-6114

Public Defender: 479-394-5353

Sheriff’s Dept: 479-394-2511

Tax Accessor: 479-394-8121

Tax Collector: 479-394-8111

Treasurer: 479-394-8150

Veteran’s Srvc: 479-394-8147

Advertising & Promotion Commission: 479-394-8355

Animal Control: 479-394-8399

City Clerk/Treasurer: 479-394-8150

City Hall & Mayor’s Office: 479-394-4585

Code Enforcement: 479-394-7436

Municipal Airport: 479-394-4077

Parks Maintenance: 479-394-8309

Post Office: 479-394-2884

Street Department: 479-394-8315

Swimming Pool: 479-394-8315

US Forest Service, Mena District Office: 479-394-2382


City Hall: 870-387-5791

Cove Post Office: 870-387-2430


City Hall: 870-385-7216

Grannis Post Office: 870-385-2312


City Hall: 870-389-6611

Hatfield Post Office: 870-389-6151


City Hall: 870-387-2941

Vandervoort Post Office: 870-387-2535


City Hall: 870-385-2575

Wickes Post Office: 870-385-2581


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