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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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  • My wife and I spent three days in the park. We dropped by the small visitor center on the way up the mountain and talked with the ranger. We stopped at the various overlooks and experienced scenery an...  more »
  • Whether you want to visit the historic Lodge, ride the train, play Miniature Golf or just camp. The Park offers a lot of things to do if you have the time or want to make the time to enjoy yourself. T...  more »
  • Stayed at the old Lodge several times and loved it. This is the first trip after rebuilding. Still love it. Seems service has improved. Food is better and food service is better. Great place to relax!  more »
  • We've been here two nights at the lodge, and it has been absolutely wonderful! Beautiful views, lots to see and do. Facilities are nice and clean. Donnie in the restaurant is not only hilarious but a wonderful server! Front desk staff is friendly and helpful too! Can't wait to come back!!!!
  • We camped 2 nights in site #16 and had a great experience. We were on motorcycles so our camping equipment was limited to hammocks and tarps. The trees in site #16 were perfect for hammocks and it was really nice to be across from the bath house. The bath house was clean and much better than other state parks I’ve stayed at. We had the breakfast buffet at the lodge both mornings, there were many options and the food was good. The price is a little steep at $9.95 but the drink is included so it wasn’t too bad and it saved us a trip into Mena. We had burgers one night at the lodge and they were good, and you can’t beat the view. Hiking trails were mostly well maintained. The reservoir trail is a waste of time and calories to see a hole in the ground with a rock wall around it and no sign explaining what was here. On the other hand Lover’s Leap is a great trail with an awesome view. If you are brave enough to attempt the hike to the settlers cemetery a machete would be good to have because the trail is very over-grown and there were many ticks. I recommend driving to it instead. The lodge is very nice and the people are both helpful and friendly. I highly recommend this state park! Photo of a sunrise over the train included.
  • It's absolutely wonderful, not particularly AMAZING! But very comfortable! IT IS INFESTED WITH CHIGGARS! If you are tent camping BE CAREFUL! my family left with no less than 40 bites on our legs!
  • Lovely views from the lodge. Peaceful place to stay, especially at night. Cozy and spacious rooms. I enjoyed my stay and I always remember this stop. I would definitely recommend. Reasonably priced!
  • We love seeing the beautiful countryside in this area, and QWSP is a great place to stop for the night. We sometimes drive 300 miles one way just to get here for a few days of cooler temperatures for camping. The tent camping is small and can get loud, but it is very nice and very well maintained. (although on our trip last weekend the fire ring was 2 feet from our tent pad~ that is weird) LOVE it here. (it's also in a dry county, so bring your own adult beverages, or you will have to drive 100 miles R/T to get some) Also, Mena is just 16 miles away, and has a super Walmart right there at the end of the Byway, in case you forgot anything.