A seamless combination of Midwestern charm, Southern hospitality and the daring of the American frontier,
Arkansas is a state that resists easy definitions. Divided by the broad swath of the Arkansas River and bordered to the east by the Mighty Mississippi, the "Natural State" is home to mountains and lush farmland, national forest, rivers and streams, wildlife, clean air and pure water.
Arkansas has earned distinction as the Natural
State, not only in recognition of the incredible
natural beauty of our state, but also for the diversity
of landscapes to be found here. The highlands include
the combination of mountainous ridges, farmland and
national forest in the Ouachita Mountain area and the
deep folds of the Arkansas River Valley, and the
wooded rises and numerous caves of the Ozark
Mountains. The plain varies from pasture and prairie
in the southwest to rich farmland, often called the
Delta, nearing the Mississippi.
Mena is approximately 80 miles due south of Ft. Smith, and
150 miles due west of Little Rock, nestled in the Heart of the
Ouachita Mountains, and has the Ouachita River plus other
lakes, rivers and national forest for all types of recreation.
Cattle, poultry, timber, small industries and tourism are the
area's main industries. Little Rock is located in the center of
Arkansas, is the state capital and the chief commercial center.
On the banks of the Arkansas river along the western border
with Oklahoma, Fort Smith is an industrial center with a strong
Fayetteville, in the northwestern corner of the state, is an
important agricultural distribution center as well as home to
the University of Arkansas. The city of Hot Springs also in
the stunning Ouachita Mountains is a popular resort and spa
Once almost entirely dependent on agriculture, Arkansas underwent a
very rapid coordinated industrialization in the 1950ís. By the end of
the decade, manufacturing had outpaced farming as the chief source of
income for the state. Foremost among the many corporations with a strong
presence in Arkansas is Wal-Mart, whose international headquarters are
located in Bentonville.
Arkansas offers a thriving arts and entertainment scene to compete
with the spectacular outdoor scenery. Mena has its own Ouachita Little
Theatre, Southwest Artist Association, and has several arts & craft
activities throughout the year. Little Rock boasts a burgeoning nightlife,
particularly in the River Market District that is filled with restaurants,
nightclubs, museums and performing arts venues.