Orchard Loop Trail is a 0.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mena, Arkansas that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 0.5 miles Elevation Gain: 26 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

stroller friendly

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

paved

views

wild flowers

From State Hwy. 71 at Mena, take State Hwy. 88 north for two miles to the East End Visitor Information Center, located on your right. The trail head is on the north side of the parking lot.

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7 months ago

Lots of colors today

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8 months ago

Beautiful sunrise today.

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8 months ago

Nice cool walk.

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8 months ago

Nice cool walk.

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9 months ago

This is a nice leisurely walk.

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9 months ago

I've hiked this trail many times over the years, with children and now grandchildren. Hiked this morning with my dog. Nice easy hike in the forest - my favorite place to be!

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10 months ago

Nice little informational trail. Could use a little updating. Some posts had no signs or information. But, a great place to think what it once was.

11 months ago

Nice simple trail. A few parts of the old orchard homestead can be seen along the way. Short with peaceful scenery.

Tue Jan 23 2018

Nice paved trail with interpretative signs along the way. There are also several benches for resting. There is an old homestead site halfway down, with a cellar, cistern, and stone well. The well is capped with a metal grate, but the cistern and cellar are open (though not terribly deep), with a simple chicken wire fence. Keep a hand on your younger wanderers there. Otherwise, it's a nice refreshing walk, especially if you've been driving the Talimena. If you'd like something a wee bit more challenging, the Settler's Trail branches off of this one.

Mon Nov 21 2016

This was a lovely little trail especially for kids. We did it after we did a longer trail at Queen Wilhelmena State Park. There are stands along the way that tell you what leaf is from a specific tree close by. That part was very educational. It's paved so that makes it even easier if you have a little one who isn't the most coordinated. It's a loop that starts and ends in the parking lot of the Ouachita National Forest information center. There are a few additional stands with information about the areas history. It's was lovely, very easy, and short!

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Tue Feb 26 2013

Orchard trail is a nice informational trail with history of the area. It is ideal for kids or those wheel chair bound as it is paved and mostly level. Good place to stretch your legs.

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