What to know
From Mena on the Talimena National Scenic Byway (Hwy. 88), it’s a nine-mile sufferfest up Rich Mountain, the state’s second highest peak at 2,680 feet, and the site of the splendid Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Arkansas’s Castle in the Clouds. The lodge has been fully renovated and is more impressive than ever. After a day in the saddle, enjoy the views from this lofty locale. A perfect time to visit would be for the Wheel A’ Mena bike tour, held every September. Choose from 70-, 50- and 30-mile routes with multiple steep climbs and crazy descents. Book a king or queen room with spa tub and fireplace, and make a weekend of it. Hiking trails and scenic overlooks are just a short walk from the lodge. Campsites are also available.