Designated as a State Scenic Byway in 2005, the West-Northwest Scenic Byway is comprised of 261 miles of interconnected highways including Highway 71 from Mena to I-540 and portions of Highway 10 from Ola to the Oklahoma State Line and of Highways 23 and 96. Much of the Byway lies within the Ouachita National Forest. Crossing the only mountains in North America that are oriented east-west, the terrain is less rugged than the Ozark Mountains, so was more hospitable to early settlers. Many museums, historical sites and small towns characterized the area today.
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