Explore the most popular kid friendly trails near Mena with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

As a beginner, the section of trail of I picked was all i wanted. The trail system is very well maintained with minimal obstacles to negotiate. I didn't find any senic overlooks on this ride, but that is not to say there aren't any. I highly recommend this ride for it's easy access right outside of Mena, AR. I will definitely ride it again! ✌

Great scenic views! Nice little hike around the lodge.

Good hike... the rocky terrain makes it a little more fun you have to be mindful of your steps.

hiking
2 months ago

Super short distance. Don't let that deter you from hiking this beautiful trail. Steeper decent than usual did this area. Climb out is really good for a work out. I ran the up hill part trying to make up for time (Rocky terrain will slow you down). I also did the Reservoir trail for kicks. Good work out on both trails. I really enjoyed this short trail.

Nice trail, well marked.

Nice hike. Not marked well. Several trees on trail and some that are hanging that needs to be removed. Beautiful views

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.

This is an awesome trail, but it is most definitely not easy, and Queen Wihelmina rates it as moderate. There are several rockfalls and boulders to climb over. The end of the trail is also quite steep, so I would echo another reviewer and suggest doing it backward. This is not a trail for anyone with joint issues or anything that affects your endurance. I have stress-induced heart palpitations, and my heart rate was in the 150s by the time we reached the end. It is a very beautiful and interesting trail for those without these issues, though. My four little girls absolutely loved it!

Great trail for kids. We lived in Mena and hiked this trail many times. It connects to Orchard Loop. Easy hike if you stay on the loop at the top of the ridge, moderate if you choose to hike down to the creek. There are no large rockfalls or boulders to climb over on either loop. It's hard to tell the two trails apart when you're there, so bring a map if you're wanting to stay on the easy path. In the spring and summer, there is a gorgeous emerald green, mossy path in the creek bottoms. There are also lots of examples of various, brightly-colored fungi. Heavy tree cover keeps it relatively cool, even in the summer. Check out the visitor center. They have a nice selection of books available for a donation.

hiking
7 months ago

Peaceful, yet unremarkable stroll through the woods over one of the lower sections of Rich Mountain. The real highlight of the day was driving the Talimena Scenic Byway on the Oklahoma-Arkansas border. Spectacular views of the Ouachita Mountains! Be sure to enjoy that fresh mountain air.

It's a quick trail in the sense that it's right at 1 mile to complete. However, I would rate it as moderate due to the terrain and boulders. We hiked it with our children, a 6 year old and 8 year old, and it took us 38 minutes due to photo ops. Stunning views along this loop.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail for an easy/moderate hike. We went on a beautiful November afternoon after it had rained. The sky was a bit overcast which affected the view yet the sun began to peek through toward the end allowing us a beautiful view. If you go after a rain be cautious on the bridge and stairs as the wood in particular is VERY slippery.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail with scenic views. Trail starts on the north side of the Queen Wilhelmina lodge. I would say that this trail is more moderate as there are a lot of stone steps to climbed up and down. You get a great view from the viewing platform. There are a lot of different types of foliage found on the trail and even a small stream.

hiking
8 months ago

Beautiful trail but the day we went was socked in by clouds, so no views. Still excellent. Recommend starting at the observation deck by the railroad tracks and going "backward" to do the most strenuous part going downhill, not uphill.

Absolutely love this trail. I can’t wait to finish it.

hiking
10 months ago

I gave this trail a 4 star rating. The trail itself is not very well marked and also not very well maintained but it's still a beautiful hike. I would also say it's a fairly easy hike with the exception of a few stretches that will get your heart-rate going.

hiking
10 months ago

We started at 830 am the morning after a light rain. We would suggest long pants and a walking stick to catch the spider and worm webs. Crickets and a few song birds made the trail pass quickly.

Well maintained, approximately 4 foot wide, rocky terrain so you must walk vs bike

hiking
11 months ago

Great couple of spots in the middle of the trail for a beautiful view. The one is the actual lookout with benches and railings. Somewhat strenuous; take water.

hiking
11 months ago

Was a great trail! Some parts were a little rocky! But overall a great trail!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

A nice walk through the woods.

Monday, November 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!

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

My husband, five year old, two year old, and I hiked this trail about a week ago. It was a very beautiful trail. We saw all kinds of birds, insects, moss, and trees! (We are from TX but we live in Louisiana.) Both of my kids loved all the climbing on rocks you could do and my husband and I very much enjoyed the overlook. Clearly marked trail that will give you a bit of a challenge but remain fun and doable with children. We ate lunch at the Inn afterwards and it made for a wonderful morning!

hiking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

There are some large steps up and down, but otherwise this one is short and pleasant.

hiking
Friday, October 28, 2016

A short trail through the woods, but the lookout is beautiful.

mountain biking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

mountain bikes this trail a few years ago. Some difficult climbs, but beautiful scenery!

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

Excellent views all the way around. can be a bit crowded, being that it is so close to the lodge.

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

This one had some nice views and wasn't too tough.

hiking
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Easy hike with some nice views.

scenic driving
Saturday, November 07, 2015

It has some absolutely breathtaking views. The Oklahoma part has great turn-ins with interesting facts about the history of the area. There is a great nature center about halfway through with a 2-hour nature trail which is only about a 1/2 mile long. The are two campgrounds, one nestled in the trees and the one with amenities, such as showers, playgrounds, etc. The Arkansas part has more graffiti and no historical information at the turn-ins.

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