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Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Ranked #1 of 18 things to do in Mena
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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 / elevator
Reviewed July 9, 2012

Very pretty place and lodge is very nice. Sit out on large deck and watch hummingbirds and occasional bear if you are lucky.

1  Thank jaboodi
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Management response:Responded July 11, 2012

Thank you for you feedback regarding Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge closed on March 5, 2012, to undergo a major renovation. It will reopen in summer 2013. This temporary closure applies to the entire lodge including all 38 guest rooms, the restaurant, lobby, meeting room, and restrooms.
All other facilities at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, including the campground, bathhouse with hot showers, and trails, remain open.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park announced the opening of The Royal Meal Trolley conveniently located in the campground. Open daily; enjoy great food with the beautiful scenery!
Queen Wilhelmina State Park offices are temporarily located near the entrance to the park campground.
We hope you will plan a return visit to Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge after it reopens in 2013.

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Reviewed June 29, 2012

The lodge had thin walls and no TV or phones, but the hike and view is great. The muscadine juice in the gift shop is a must.

Thank donna b
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Management response:Responded July 5, 2012

Thank you for you feedback regarding Queen Wilhelmina State Park. I agree the view is great from there atop Arkansas’s second highest mountain.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge closed on March 5, 2012, to undergo a major renovation. It will reopen in summer 2013. This temporary closure applies to the entire lodge including all 38 guest rooms, the restaurant, lobby, meeting room, and restrooms. All other facilities at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, including the campground, bathhouse with hot showers, and trails, remain open. Park offices are temporarily located near the entrance to the park campground.
The guest room’s accommodations prior to renovation included: telephone, television, coffee maker, iron and ironing board, alarm clock, and wireless internet service. These amenities will be included in the renovated lodge, as well.
We hope you will plan a return visit to Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge after it reopens in 2013.

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Reviewed June 21, 2012

Queen Wilhelmina Park is in Arkansas, but it is next to and ties in with Talimena Scenic Drive at the Oklahoma State Line. A drive or motorcycle ride up over Wilhelmina and Talimena is beautiful and awesome. I have ridden it many times.

1  Thank Bruce396
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

As a Park/forest, the beauty is remarkable. Some scenic trails, limited camping on the Arkansas side. This area holds a strong history heritage for the American Indians that settled the area long ago. The Lodge herself has an interesting long history.
Connected to the Winding Stairs National Rec area by the Historic Scenic Skyline Drive, (aka the Talimena Drive). This Tour offers many scenic Overlooks, each with info and history boards onsite. Take a short detour down US 259 to the Three Sticks Monument.
Lots of different wildlife, even a few Black Bears. Enjoy the serenity of mother nature. Makes an enjoyable Bike Ride on any day warmer than 50 degrees.

1  Thank Woodywants2ride
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

This attraction which is the most famous here attracts folks from all over the region. Motorcyclists love to ride the Talimewna Trail, up the Arkansas side of the mountain and down the Oklahoma side. The lodge is closed now for a remodel, but when it reopens in 2013, it should be spectacular.

Thank Larry B
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