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scenic drive between mena and talihena

This is an old trek of ours that we make about twice a year, the people are friendly, and the... read more

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Charles A
Beautiful!

This is the second time we have stayed in this park. We love it just as much this time as the... read more

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Reviewed February 7, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful drive. Worth taking it slow and stopping at ever vista. A lot of history and scenery to take in.

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Reviewed January 11, 2018

A must see for anyone who loves scenic driving and sightseeing in general. The park is absolutely gorgeous with the stately Queen Wilhelmina Lodge as its centerpoint. The lodge restaurant is reasonably priced but makes you feel as if you were dining in an exclusive restaurant in a big city, instead of rural mountain Arkansas. The numerous roads surrounding the Park are wonderful to drive with an abundance of turnouts and overlooks. It takes a good weekend to get it all in, so make the effort to spend a day or two at the Lodge or a local hotel and enjoy Nature's grandest show in the area.

Thank TheOklahomaTraveler
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Reviewed November 21, 2017 via mobile

I have been here numerous times over the last 20 years, normally in association with some backpacking trips. The park sits right on the Ouachita Trail on the top of Rich Mountain, which is why I usually have ended up here.

If it is a clear day, the views are nice. In summer, being at 2,500 feet means it is cooler than the rest of Arkansas. The breezes feel nice and the experience is wonderful and all is well with the world.

HOWEVER, if you arrive when it is cloudy or bad weather, watch out. There will be no views and the mountain will be covered in a cool/cold misty clouds. Add in some winds and in winter it can be miserable. Of course, once it was below freezing and everything was covered in ice and it was a winter wonderland!!

I have camped there several times in my tent. The bathroom facilities are excellent, especially the showers. It is nice having the Lodge nearby in case you want a real meal after backpacking for several days.

The Ouachita Trail offers some nice hiking options, but realize that the OT can be a tough trail. (The entire OT runs 223 miles!). The trail on top of Rich Mountain is often overgrown with thorns and vines in summer. For 2 - 3 miles on both sides of QWSP, it can be very nasty hiking. Ask about the trail maintaince at the Lodge before setting out. Good hiking shoes are a must, as it is very rocky, along with the correct hiking clothes.

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Reviewed November 19, 2017 via mobile

Scenic drive from Mena. Many hiking trails, camping and picnic options, playground. The resort has been remodeled, good stop for a meal. Many scenic overlooks for photo opts.

Thank susangsays
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Reviewed November 12, 2017

Enjoyed the fall color and the mountain views. The Talimena Drive is most enjoyable. Beautiful country, peaceful and quiet.

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