Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

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Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a unit of Arkansas State Parks Division in the Ouachita Mountains.

The original \"Castle in the Sky\" lodge was built in 1898 on 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, in Polk County, Arkansas. The park is on Talimena Scenic Drive — northwest of Mena, Arkansas and east of the Oklahoma state line.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge closed March 5, 2012 for a major renovation. It will reopen July 1, 2015.

The lodge has 38 guest rooms, a restaurant, lobby and meeting room. The campground and trails remain open during the renovation. The park's offices, normally housed in the lodge, are temporarily near the campground entrance. The park is one of the park system's eight mountain parks.

Arkansas State Parks Division is one of two units of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism.
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  • 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 usual...  more »
  • 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.  more »
  • Enjoyed the fall color and the mountain views. The Talimena Drive is most enjoyable. Beautiful country, peaceful and quiet.  more »
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  • The room was awesome! Very clean, spacious bathroom and shower, comfortable beds and quiet. Staff was very friendly. The only complaint i have would be the restaurant. Food was cold at breakfast and we were the first customers there. At $10 a person i would expect better!
  • Quality State Lodge. Renovated in the past 5 years or less. Rooms are elegantly decorated and furniture choices were excellent. King bed slept especially well, comfortable. My friend and I stayed in the King Suite with an additional room. She opted for the sofa for both nights and remarked how well she slept. The Staff were genuinely helpful. Restaurant although short handed did an excellent of providing delicious meals on the buffet choice or individually ordered. The grounds were beautiful. October colors were everywhere. Wi-if not available in rooms however it was available in some places in the Lodge public spaces. I cannot wait to visit this Spring.
  • A must stop place to visit or stay. The establishment is always clean and inviting. The staff was very helpful and friendly. The gift shop had a good selection of gifts and souvenirs. There is a of things to do there.
  • A good fall color scenic drive, 3-5 hrs drive from North Texas. But don't expect as you see in the east side of the USA. But this gives you a driving pleasure and a relaxing stay at the queen Wilhelmina hotel, though it's hard to get during the peak fall season.
  • I have been coming here for over 10 years and the trip is always worth it from St. Louis. Beautiful roads people and facility again that's been rebuilt. You can't go wrong for a get a way or meeting place to bring the significant other or come alone on a motorcycle, car, truck or even bicycle if you're in good shape to climb the second tallest mountain in Arkansas. Beware it is called the Castle in the Clouds for a reason, there have been tins we've been socked in till after 10 am trying to get down off on the motorcycles. Literally cannot see more than 15' in front of your vehicle. So, back to the deck, share stories and have some coffee.

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