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“Sorry but no Lodge to stay at now.”

Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Ranked #1 of 17 things to do in Mena
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Come experience a spectacular mountaintop setting with breathtaking panoramic scenery atop 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas's second highest peak. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is one of the 52 state parks administered by the State Parks Division of the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Queen Wilhelmina is one of the state park system's eight mountain state parks. Queen Wilhelmina State Park's Lodge is one of the four hotel-like lodges in the Arkansas state park system. The others are historic Mather Lodge at Petit Jean State Park near Morrilton, DeGray Lake Resort State Park Lodge near Arkadelphia, and The Lodge at Mount Magazine in Mount Magazine State Park near Paris. In addition to the lodge, the 460-acre park includes a campground with 41 campsites and a bathhouse; picnic areas; trails; and a seasonal miniature train and mini-golf course. Park interpretive programs highlight Rich Mountain’s fauna and unique flora. The park is on Ark. 88 (Talimena National Scenic Byway) 13 miles west of Mena. [For an alternate route from Mena or during inclement weather, go six miles north on U.S. 71, then travel nine miles west on U.S. 270, then go two miles south up Ark. 272.]
Useful Information: Stairs / lift, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Mena, Arkansas
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30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Sorry but no Lodge to stay at now.”
Reviewed 25 November 2013

I live just a few miles from this wonderful state park. The setting on the edge of the ridge of this mountain is wonderful. Unfortunately the State Parks Department has bungled the renovation of the lodge. It has been closed for months and the inept contractor has been fired but they didn't seem to have a plan B when he was fired. Who knows when it will be operational as a lodge and restaurant again. The campground is still operational and is great if you have camping accomodations.
There are many cabins scattered around Polk County to base out of and visit the park. There are also several Motels and Hotels to choose from in Mena just thirteen miles away.
The fall foilage season is over but winter can be beautiful and fun. You might just have the whole park to yourself.

Visited November 2013
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Fayetteville, Arkansas
2 reviews
“Disapointment, No Lodge”
Reviewed 8 September 2013

Lodge was said to have been opened by now. Looks like it is months to years away from opening. Camp ground looks pretty good and rest of park is very nice.

Visited September 2013
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Thank Kirk A
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Carthage, Missouri
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“QW Park”
Reviewed 19 August 2013

It was pretty and the 9 level tiny rock house was very interesting. Would have like to see inside. The "castle" that was described was not there, but there was construction on a new-looking lodge.

Visited August 2013
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Thank Merre P
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Katy, Texas
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Amazing views with wonderful hiking”
Reviewed 4 August 2013

We hiked the Lover's Leap trail and almost had the place to ourselves on a Thursday morning in the summer.
Amazing views from the top.

Visited August 2013
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Jackson, Mississippi
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Liked what we saw”
Reviewed 24 July 2013

Unfortunately, most of the park was closed for remodeling. We were able to right around a little and the wife bought the obligatory t-shirts from the gift shop. Visit the little restaurant and be sure to try the shake made with Nehi Orange Soda!

Visited July 2013
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