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Posted: 7/24/2013 4:38:02 PM EST
Going to riding in Mena, AR next month. Anyone been there? We will taking Polaris Rangers. How are the trails? Any advice?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:39:24 PM EST
Had a good time on our dirt bikes there a few years ago. Should be a blast for ya.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:40:38 PM EST
Off-Road park?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:45:31 PM EST
Last time I went you could ride on the roads from the cabins that we stayed at. The trails and views are awesome, just be sure and wear a brain bucket. Jesus forgives, rocks don't.

We stayed here several times. They have cabins that can sleep from 2 to 15, and pretty good rates.
http://www.cossatotriver.com/
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:46:29 PM EST
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Stay away from the train tracks, don't get murdered.



Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:46:38 PM EST
Watch out for the drug planes at the airport
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:51:18 PM EST
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Stay away from the train tracks, don't get murdered.


I will try to keep the family safe.


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Link Posted: 7/24/2013 4:53:17 PM EST
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Originally Posted By bigred3516:
Last time I went you could ride on the roads from the cabins that we stayed at. The trails and views are awesome, just be sure and wear a brain bucket. Jesus forgives, rocks don't.

We stayed here several times. They have cabins that can sleep from 2 to 15, and pretty good rates.
http://www.cossatotriver.com/
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Thank you. Being able to ride from the cabin was one of the things we wanted.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 5:32:43 PM EST
Wolf Pen Gap is a decent trail around there.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 5:45:29 PM EST
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Wolf Pen Gap is a decent trail around there.
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Are the trails challenging or more scenic type rides? I have been looking at pictures on line but it is hard to gauge just by the pictures.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 5:58:49 PM EST
The trails are rated on the map. Some are pretty difficult while others are just a Sunday cruise. I always went on an atv and never had a problem, but someone could get in over their head pretty quick if they were fairly new to riding.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:06:23 PM EST
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Are the trails challenging or more scenic type rides? I have been looking at pictures on line but it is hard to gauge just by the pictures.
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Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
Wolf Pen Gap is a decent trail around there.



Are the trails challenging or more scenic type rides? I have been looking at pictures on line but it is hard to gauge just by the pictures.
I've only hiked part of it, and I didn't really go all that far, maybe a couple of miles, just to see if it was gonna be good for mountain bikes. By "decent," I meant, it's like 30 something miles of trail, which is just old logging roads and fire roads they let you ride on.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:14:45 PM EST
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I've only hiked part of it, and I didn't really go all that far, maybe a couple of miles, just to see if it was gonna be good for mountain bikes. By "decent," I meant, it's like 30 something miles of trail, which is just old logging roads and fire roads they let you ride on.
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Originally Posted By carsandguns:
Originally Posted By Mullah_Atari:
Wolf Pen Gap is a decent trail around there.



Are the trails challenging or more scenic type rides? I have been looking at pictures on line but it is hard to gauge just by the pictures.
I've only hiked part of it, and I didn't really go all that far, maybe a couple of miles, just to see if it was gonna be good for mountain bikes. By "decent," I meant, it's like 30 something miles of trail, which is just old logging roads and fire roads they let you ride on.

They open and close trails all the time. All the good ones are past walking distance. One of the locals told me that when it first opened Wolf pen gap was worse than what it is now. He also said that there are some trails on private land close by that make those look tame.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:19:08 PM EST
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Stay away from the train tracks, don't get murdered.



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This.

If you see a small plane land -GO THE OTHER WAY.

You're welcome.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:38:02 PM EST
I rode with a group of dirt bikers at wolf pen gap a few years ago. We stayed in an "A" frame cabin close enough to ride to the trailhead on the county roads. It is mostly scenic but there are a few trails that are steep and rocky. We had an awesome time because two of the riders were novice and they kept up. There were a few running streams that had to be forded too that made it fun.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:42:00 PM EST
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Ah, those delightful Clintons!
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:56:18 PM EST
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The trails are rated on the map. Some are pretty difficult while others are just a Sunday cruise. I always went on an atv and never had a problem, but someone could get in over their head pretty quick if they were fairly new to riding.
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Thanks. That is what I was wondering about. I have been riding / off roading 30+ years but the other couple that is going is fairly new at it. Don't want to be bored, but this is a family trip so don't need to go balls out either. We are leaving the four wheelers at home and using this an exploring trip for later.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:58:04 PM EST
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This.

If you see a small plane land -GO THE OTHER WAY.

You're welcome.
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Originally Posted By pseudojd:
Stay away from the train tracks, don't get murdered.






This.

If you see a small plane land -GO THE OTHER WAY.

You're welcome.



So what's the deal with the railroad tracks and murder?
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 6:58:43 PM EST
Me and my dad used to ride an camp over there. You could ride for a few days and never ride the same trail.

Its probably been 12-13 years since ive been though.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 7:07:10 PM EST
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So what's the deal with the railroad tracks and murder?
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Originally Posted By carsandguns:
Originally Posted By PugglePod9000:
Originally Posted By pseudojd:
Stay away from the train tracks, don't get murdered.






This.

If you see a small plane land -GO THE OTHER WAY.



You're welcome.



So what's the deal with the railroad tracks and murder?



Wow! Amazing what you can learn with google! No idea that Mena had such an interesting history tying it to the Iran-Contra Scandle. Will have to read up more on this. Thanks for the tip guys. Will make for some interesting camp fire discussions.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 7:10:04 PM EST
Watch for signs from the Knights of the Golden Cross.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 7:10:20 PM EST
My wife is from there, and we get back quite often. There are tons of trails to choose from, and like the others have said you will enjoy the Wolfpen area. A group of people I know had to have a medivac after one of the geniuses who was underexperienced thought he would be Travis Pastrana on his ATV and go full rally down the trails.

The drug shipments stopped decades ago, and the airport is now pretty much a dead plane storage facility. There isn't much to do in town, and about the place you can get a beer is at Spinelli's.

All of those counties all around are dry, so come prepared if you enjoy wheat soda.

Be safe, have fun!
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 7:11:33 PM EST
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Wow! Amazing what you can learn with google! No idea that Mena had such an interesting history tying it to the Iran-Contra Scandle. Will have to read up more on this. Thanks for the tip guys. Will make for some interesting camp fire discussions.
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Originally Posted By carsandguns:
Originally Posted By carsandguns:
Originally Posted By PugglePod9000:
Originally Posted By pseudojd:
Stay away from the train tracks, don't get murdered.






This.

If you see a small plane land -GO THE OTHER WAY.



You're welcome.



So what's the deal with the railroad tracks and murder?



Wow! Amazing what you can learn with google! No idea that Mena had such an interesting history tying it to the Iran-Contra Scandle. Will have to read up more on this. Thanks for the tip guys. Will make for some interesting camp fire discussions.


Absolutely! People have always overlooked The Natural State, but lots of national level politics and scandals have been born here, including our beloved philanderer in chief.
Link Posted: 7/24/2013 7:13:39 PM EST
Yea, forgot about the dry county thing. The best I remember is 2 cases or 2 fifths per person. Anymore than that is considered trafficking. Maybe a local will stop in and correct me if I am wrong.
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