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Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

Categories: State Parks, Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Tourist Spots, Outdoor Activities
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4.5/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web
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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  • Exceptional drive and amazing trails! Definitely worth a walk around. The earthquake ridge trail was a pleasure, as was lovers leap. 
  • We enjoyed the 1/2 mile springs trail and the1 mile loop lookout trail. Both were natural trails with large rocks in places, but relatively flat. Walking through the woods, with lookout points was a t...  read more »
  • The view is outstanding and you can see forever. We didn't stay at the property but you can either camp in a trailer, tent or in the hotel. The restaurant seemed like it was busy. If you are riding a ...  read more »
  • I love Queen Wilhelmina State park because the lodge has a beautiful view of all the other mountains. the service of the lodge is so great. especially the dinner. Great Buffet. Rooms are Great. It's a nice place to go camping on a good long weekend. The trip is nice and the views are nice. I would recommend bringing you family out here and go camping or stay at the lodge at the top of the Mountain.
  • Arrived there Sunday the 14th. Nice people, Nice room.....TERRIBLE FOOD! Went to dining room for dinner. SPECIALS, Fried Chicken or Meat Loaf. She ordered Chicken, I ordered Meat Loaf. Fried Chicken was COLD and almost BLACK in color, not slightly cold, but STONE COLD. Sent it back. NOW it was GREASY and warm. One bite, ONE BITE is all she took. Meat Loaf, I am not kidding, it was red (RAW) in the center, with a quarter inch of grease soaked up on the bottom. Oh, Yes, This Was A Special Meal we will never FORGET! Breakfast, food was OK, warm not hot, but OK. EXCEPT, they were moping the floor with Pine Sol, the whole Damm floor, This was clearing our sinus while we ate, Wonder full memories. CLOSE THE KITCHEN, FIRE EVERYONE AND START OVER! Stayed August 2016
  • Beautiful place! There are lots of great overlooks to see the views, and several hiking trails. We camped out, but there is also a beautiful lodge that looks like a higher end hotel inside. Definitely a great spot to spend a night or two!
  • BEAUTIFUL, AMAZING VIEWS!! especially if you come up the mountain from Mena on a clear sky afternoon with some clouds... stop on every Vista on the way up so it really hits you how beautiful it is once you get up there! and i HIGHLY recommend you stay at the lodge! its definitely worth the price! especially if you're a couple with kids (double queen bed for $95 a night) and its a great deal if you split it with friends! Hotel may look dated in pictures but it has been renovated recently and all the rooms are spacious, with comfortable beds, VERY clean, awesome bathroom, perfect ac/heater temps, and a very nice decor/look & feel inside the hotel overall! Hotel has a restaurant that serves breakfast/dinner buffets which are decent for being a hotel ran by the US National Park service, but nothing to write home about- which is not an issue honestly you're not here for the food :). We were lucky enough to see it with clear skies on the day we got there and after a night where there was a storm and the clouds stayed the next day, this really is a 'Castle in the Clouds'! going hiking the trails the next morning with all the mountain cloud mist/fog was so surreal and felt like an adventure! Small cons: Park is small though, so fair warning that you might be bored and run out of things to do after a day or two here. Also, the only dining option is the hotel restaurant - which like i said, is just decent, and for any other food options your closest bet is driving down the mountain to Mena; don't expect anything fancy, but at least there's more variety which is welcome. Overall, this hotel's cons can be easily ignored and the experience you get out of being up there is just so worth it! Definitely something everyone should experience at least once! We'll be back to see the forest views during the fall!
  • Great porch with a view. You can smoke on the porch in the rocking chairs if you want. The restaurant inside is nice. I had an issue with my order and the manager half-way resolved it. It's definitely a nice spot to get away from it all.
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