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Queen Wilhelmina State Park, Mena

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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 stopped here for lunch and it was very good. We would like to return and spend the night. It is a lovely place! 
    We stopped here for lunch and it was very good. We would like to return and spend the night. It is a lovely place!  more »
  • I had a great time here this weekend. I hiked both trails just before sundown. The view from lovers leap was spectacular. Both trails suffer a little from some small wash-outs and loose rocks but not too bad. I stayed at the lodge. The staff was very friendly, the room was clean and nice and the veggie pasta from the restaurant was delicious. I will be back to explore the Black Forest Trail and maybe section hike the OT.
  • This is a great scenic view. If you are into mountainous views I would most definitely recommend this park to you. It has a great trail that is supposedly a medium difficulty. I'm not too sure on the grading scale of trails it seemed fairly easy to myself but I am in pretty decent athletic shape so traversing this type of trail wasn't difficult at all. I would imagine it could be somewhat difficult if you have any type of physical limitation. But it offers RV parking and picnic sights as well as some other facilities that I'm not sure exactly what they were. We didn't spend a whole lot of time in this park as we were from out of town and just wanted to check it out really quick. We did take the lover sleep trail and it was nothing short of breathtaking. I hope everyone has an amazing and blessed day and don't forget to spread awesomeness.

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