Talimena Scenic Byway

Mena, Arkansas

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A 54-mile winding highway atop the crest of the Ouachita Mountains. The Talimena Scenic Byway crosses the Ouachita Mountains, the highest range between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The byway route varies in elevation from 1,150 to 2,681 feet as it travels the crest of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain. The two-lane highway is paved and has frequent turnouts for scenic and recreational access. There are some steep grades and sharp curves. Special attractions: Robert S. Kerr Memorial Arboretum and Nature Center, Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Lodge, historical sites, far-ranging views, camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more.

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"A 54-mile winding highway atop the crest of the Ouachita Mountains. The Talimena Scenic Byway crosses the Ouachita Mountains, the highest range between the Appalachians and the Rockies. The byway route varies in elevation from 1,150 to 2,681 feet as it travels the crest of Rich Mountain and Winding Stair Mountain.

The two-lane highway is paved and has frequent turnouts for scenic and recreational access. There are some steep grades and sharp curves. Special attractions: Robert S. Kerr Memorial Arboretum and Nature Center, Queen Wilhelmina State Park and Lodge, historical sites, far-ranging views, camping. This eTrail is a complete description of a scenic drive with a route map and information on the best travel seasons, interesting sites, recreation opportunities, camping locations, and much more."

Activity Type: Scenic Drives
Nearby City: Mena
Distance: 54
Season: Year-round, although winter driving conditions may be hazardous
Local Contacts: Ouachita National Forest
Driving Directions: Directions to Talimena Scenic Byway

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May 2018