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“Great hiking trails”

Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Ranked #1 of 17 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, Food available for purchase, Stairs / lift
Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We visited in the spring— temps were very chilly in the morning and evening but just right mid day. We hiked all the trails around the lodge and poked around the Wonder House but it was open for toys...it’s called the Wonder House because you wonder why it has 9 levels. Park staff are very helpful. If you are there for the day you can picnic or eat at the lodge.

The terrain on the trails is pretty uneven and we found having a walking stick helpful— found a couple of good ones by the trailhead— not sure if they are intentionally put there by the staff but we made a point of putting them back after our hike.

The small gauge train wasn’t operational— evidently it is a big favorite for old & young.

Thank mcfiddle
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"views are spectacular"
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"scenic drive"
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"motorcycle ride"
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"small visitor center"
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

Go for the view, not the food. The buffet is from cans, and the meat choices are limited. The cost is very high for what you get. Eat somewhere else and then walk the trails.

Thank rafurr
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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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