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Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

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Scenic Drive · State Park
Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a unit of Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism 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. It is the only lodge open on the 235 mile Ouachita Trail. It is located on Arkansas’ second highest peak, Rich Mountain.
The lodge has 38 guest rooms, a restaurant, lobby and meeting room. The campground and trails remained open during the renovation. The park is one of the park system's eight mountain parks.
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  • We drove in from NE Texas and took the Talimena Scenic Byway-Highway 1 from OK into AR to head to the top of the Queen Wilhelmina State Park by the Lodge. First if you are coming from OK, this route.....  more »
  • We have camped in the park area a few times and love it! Very clean and peaceful. The only complaint we have is the fire pits are very close to your RV parking spot so the smoke is a problem. Other...  more »
  • Took a drive out here for some day hiking. The park in its entirety is very well kept and nice; paved roads up to the lodge and around the park. They had some public restrooms for people visiting not staying at the lodge and a nice little playground for the kids. The trails are easy to moderate in difficulty with the longest one being about a mile long. Room rates are not too pricey time we plan to stay a night and try out the restaurant as well.
  • Wow! Excellent job Arkansas State Parks. New resort with great trails, grounds and recreation facilities. Modern, comfortable rooms and a great resturaunt. The lodge has a common room where you can enjoy the view in comfortable chairs. Again, wow.

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