What to do in Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Atop Arkansas's second highest peak, Queen Wilhelmina State Park reigns above the Ouachita Mountains. Located on the Talimena Scenic Drive, the park is as rich in history as in scenery. In the late 1800s, a resort hostelry named Queen Wilhelmina Inn, in honor of the Queen of the Netherlands, was built on Rich Mountain by the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad. Since then, two inns have replaced the original "Castle in the Sky."

The modern lodge offers 38 guest rooms including two "Queen's Rooms" with fireplaces, two "Regents Rooms" with whirlpool tubs, and a restaurant serving fine Southern fare.

Park facilities include 41 campsites, picnic areas, trails, a miniature scenic railroad, animal park, miniature golf course (open seasonally), laundry, and store.

Recreation
Queen Wilhelmina State Park offers camping, picnicking, hiking, miniature golfing, and animal viewing. About a seven mile section of the Ouachita Trail runs through the park. The Ouachita Trail is an east-west corridor which extends from Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock to Talimena State Park near Talihina, Oklahoma.

Location
Queen Wilhelmina State Park is located in the Ouachita Mountains Region of western Arkansas. The park is found 13 miles west of Mena on Arkansas Hwy. 88.

Climate
Arkansas has a temperate climate with the coldest temperatures near freezing during December, January and February. Daytime highs for these months usually reach 55 degrees F. Spring and fall temperatures are very mild with lows dipping to 44 degrees F and highs reaching 70 degrees F. July and August are the hottest months of the year with average temperatures reaching 90 degrees F. June and September average temperatures usually reach into the mid-eighties. Spring and winter months are the wettest of the year.

Address
3877 Highway 88 West
Mena, AR 71953

Phone: 501-394-2863

Email: queenwilhel@arkansas.com
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