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Great ride, just rode this with my friend John.
There were no other riders on the road with us, though it was 34 degrees outside.
Had a great time, very pretty in the winter.
Stopped at the corner of Highway 270 and 272 on the way back to Mena, The Rich Mountain Country Store.
Steve & Suzanne were great hosts.
The fire place was glowing and the coffee and home made burgers were awesome.
Stop in and enjoy the break on you return trip, you will be glad you did.
- Charles Bailey, Crosby Texas (2/14/12)
Rode the scenic drive two weeks ago.
Had been there twenty years.
It is still a beautiful area and great motorcycle ride.
- Anonymous (8/17/11)
Just finished running this West to East and I agree with all the previous posts about the beauty and truly great ride.
I highly recommend this time of year before the roadside shrubbery obscures some of the views between the many great overlooks.
- Triker - Hot Springs Village, AR (5/2/11)
What can on say about this road that hasnít already been said.
Unbelievable scenery, sweeping curves, pulloffs, everything and anything a biker could want.
- Anonymous (1/13/11)
If you're staying in overnight in Mena, AR keep in mind that it's in a dry county.
The Talimena Drive is a great ride: not much traffic and very scenic.
- Joe from Victoria, BC (11/7/10)
Beautiful ride! The cool breeze keeps you from roasting even in the summer.
Rich Mountain Country Store is a great stop off, we enjoyed a soda and some local entertainment.
Need to watch out for deer, one leaped out and sat on my husband's fender.
Please to say he, the deer and the bike are all okay.
We rode it June 26, 2010.
- Kris Ann Bennett (6/27/10)
Excellent scenic pull offs, great twisties, ends at Queen Wilhemena State Park in AR.
- Rider from Trenton, TX (4/9/10)
Plenty of sweeping turns, twisties and a few u-turns.
Very picturesque in Spring and Fall.
- Rider from Garland, TX (11/2/09)
The Talimena Parkway was made for sportbikes.
It has great twisties and elevation changes.
On the Oklahoma side, the road condition has begun to deteriorate with cracks and minor potholes.
The eastern road condition from the lodge to Mena was chip sealed a couple of years ago.
So watch for loose grave on some of the hairpins.
Watch for traffic and various wildlife.
We have seen deer, skunks, coyotes, and even a bear (oh my)!
The QW lodge is great. But remember to BYOB. It is a dry county.
- Anonymous (8/10/09)
Sweeping turns mixed in with a few switchbacks.
Very scenic route, along with numerous improved scenic overlooks.
- Biker from Topeka, KS (6/15/09)
The most spectacularly beautiful road in the region, the Talimena Scenic Drive is built over the tops of a mountain range from eastern Oklahoma to western Arkansas.
There are astounding overlooks, a different post card around every turn, and an Arkansas State park with a lodge that contains a decent restaraunt just over into Arkansas.
You can't ride it fast, because (1) thousand foot dropoffs, and (2) the other sightseeing traffic, so just cool your jets, lift up your faceplate, and enjoy the view.
It is worth a very long ride to get to this one.
Although the route is relatively short at 54 miles, it has lots of hills, so you'll use more gas than you think, and there is none on the route.
Low clouds can make the route dangerous, so don't go in low cloud conditions.
Pick a bright sunny day. Happy riding.
- Mark Austin (1/10/09)
Absolutely the best ride in the state. Beautiful!
- Garry McBurnett (1/14/08)
The Talimena Trail runs for 55 miles along the entire length of the top of a mountain ridge in the Eastern Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas.
This is one of the few mountain ranges in North America that runs east to west, and the road is not only scenic, but has lots of elevation changes, twisting turns and scenic views with pulloffs all along the way.
The road is wide and smoothly paved with wide shoulders.
There is a State Park (Queen Wilhelmena) with a beautiful lodge located about 14 miles out of Mena.
Take AR 88 North and West out of Mena; it turns into OK Hwy 1 at the State line.
19 of the 55 miles are in Arkansas, the other 36 are in Oklahoma.
This is a very scenic and enjoyable ride, no matter what time of year.
- Rider from Camden, Arkansas (3/25/07)