Talimena Scenic Drive

National Scenic BywayArkansas, Oklahoma

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  • Cycling Up Winding Stair Mountain

    A motorcyclist leads the way on Talimena Scenic Drive up Winding Stair Mountain.

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  • The Ouachita National Forest

    Trees frame the gently sloping hills of the Rich Mountain Valley on Lover's Leap hiking trail, near the Queen Wilhelmina Lodge.

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  • Pathway in the Woods

    Travelers can exercise their legs on this pathway in the forest.

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  • Talimena Scenic Drive

    A carved wooden sign welcomes travelers on the Talimena Scenic Drive.

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  • Stepping into a View

    Visitors to the Talimena Scenic Byway can step onto this overlook and feel a part of the world around them.

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  • An Arkansas Scenic Byway

    Along with greeting visitors to Arkansas, this roadsign acknowledges the road as an Arkansas Scenic Byway.

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  • Talimena Scenic Byway

    Forests tipped with fall color spread over the hills on the Talimena Scenic Byway.

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  • Informative Plaques on the Talimena Scenic Byway

    Informative plaques on the side of the road allow visitors to learn more about the Talimena Scenic Byway .

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  • Welcome to Arkansas

    A sign on the roadside welcomes visitors the Arkansas, nicknamed the Natural State.

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  • Dwarfs of Rich Mountain

    Stop by this informative plaque to learn more about the vegetation of the area.

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  • Stone-Lined Path

    This neatly stone-lined path near the Talimena Scenic Byway leads visitors to an overlook with interpretive kiosks.

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  • Welcome Sign for the Talimena Scenic Drive

    The Talimena Scenic Drive welcome sign greets visitors to the byway.

  • Mountains of Talimena

    The mountains surrounding Talimena Scenic Drive in the Ouachita National Forest pronounce their beauty with the fall foliage on a beautiful, sunny autumn day.

  • Talimena Scenic Byway

    A lone vehicle winds its way around Winding Stair and Rich Mountains.

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  • Boat Launching at Cedar Lake

    Visitors prepare to launch a canoe onto Cedar Lake.

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  • Travelers on Talimena

    Both trucks and motorcycles find a home on the spacious Talimena Scenic Byway.

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  • Choctaw Visitor Information Center

    Set among the green of the Ouachita Forest, the visitor center is a great place to stretch your legs.

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  • Dwarf Oaks At Castle Rock Vista

    Weave along this amazing mighty dwarf oak on an interpretative trial at this vista.

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  • Hang Gliding Off Panorama Vista

    A white hang glide sails over a green field beneath Panorama Vista.

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  • Kerr Nature Center

    This stone plaza is the hub for all the center's interpretive trails.

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  • Old Military Road Historic Site

    These interpretative signs greet visitors at this dual picnic site.

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  • Old Military Road Sign

    This stone sign and plaque commemorate the military road that extended 150 miles from Fort Smith to Fort Towson.

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  • Oklahoma State Sign

    Travelers pass this sign made of wood and stone as they cross the border into Arkansas.

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  • Ouachita National Recreation Trailhead

    This trailhead leads into a forest of leaf-bereft trees.

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  • Picnic Table At Emerald Point Vista

    Picnickers can appreciate Emerald Point's stunning vista while enjoying a mid-day meal.

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  • Rock Glacier At Sunset Vista

    Explore Talimena's geological history at Sunset Vista.

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  • Old Engine 320 At Queen Wilhelmina State Park

    This is one of the last steam locomotives used on the Kansas City, Pittsburg, and Gulf rail line located north of Rich Mountain.

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  • Iron Marker At The State Line

    This five-foot iron marker delineates the historical boundaries between the State of Arkansas and the Choctaw Nation.

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  • View from Sunset Vista

    Visitors can spy the valley and the distant horizon at Sunset Vista.

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  • The Road That Bleeds

    Iron-rich water bubbling out through the pavement seems to turn red as the open air oxidizes the water on the surface.

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  • West End Visitor Information Station Sign

    This sign made of stone and wood heralds the West End Visitor Information Center.

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  • West End Visitor Information Station

    Native plants complement the stone facings of the visitor information station outside in several areas.

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  • Winding Stair Campground

    Adorned with all shades of green, the Winding Stair Campground is a relaxing spot to pitch a tent or picnic.

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  • Queen Wilhelmina Lake Vista

    Queen Wilhelmina Lake reflects the sun's light on hazy afternoon.

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  • Rich Mountain Fire Tower

    This steel structure dominates the skies around Rich Mountain.

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  • Beautiful Queen Wilhelmina Lodge in Its Heyday

    The original Queen Wilhelmina Lodge stands beautifully in its heyday in 1898.

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  • Talimena Scenic Drive

    Two cars drive through glorious fall color on the Talimena Scenic Drive.

  • Pioneer Cemetery Historic Site

    Near the pathway leading to the cemetery, an intrepretative sign introduces travelers to some Rich Mountain history.

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  • Historic Queen Wilhelmina Lodge

    The original Queen Wilhelmina Lodge stands in ruins after being open for only 12 years.

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