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“Solitude with a view”

Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Mena
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Come experience a spectacular mountaintop setting with breathtaking panoramic scenery atop 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas's second highest peak. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Queen Wilhelmina is one of the state park system's eight mountain state parks. Queen Wilhelmina State Park's Lodge is one of the four hotel-like lodges in the Arkansas state park system. The others are historic Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton, DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge near Arkadelphia, and The Lodge at Mount Magazine in Mount Magazine State Park near Paris. In addition to the lodge, the 460-acre park includes a campground with 41 campsites and a bathhouse; picnic areas; trails; and a seasonal miniature train and mini-golf course. Park interpretive programs highlight Rich Mountain’s fauna and unique flora. The park is on Ark. 88 (Talimena National Scenic Byway) 13 miles west of Mena. [For an alternate route from Mena or during inclement weather, go six miles north on U.S. 71, then travel nine miles west on U.S. 270, then go two miles south up Ark. 272.]
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Food available for purchase
Reviewed February 27, 2018

We stayed in early December for a break from the routine and had a very nice time of it all. In the lounge I sat by the fire and read for a long time in the quiet company of other guests doing much the same. It was all casual and homey feeling. The restaurant is passable and you don't feel like a hostage to it since town is a good distance away. It is not fancy or five star or even four star but it is clean and presentable. The state had a lot of trouble getting this one rebuilt last time and it shows. Go there for the view and the quiet. We enjoyed just sitting in the room reading and watching the clouds pass by since it was cold and windy outside.

Thank sequoyah101
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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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