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“A welcome stop on the trip”

Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Ranked #1 of 18 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: Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift
Reviewed 14 April 2014

After riding on our motorcycle most of the day, we always like to stop here on the Talimena Drive. It's clean, and you can freshen up in their bathroom, and the store offers all kinds of gift ideas, tshirts, travel information, etc.

1  Thank katstacy
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"small train"
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"mountain top"
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"beautiful mountain scenery"
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"an extended stay"
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"scenic drive"
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"rv camping"
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"motorcycle ride"
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"queen wilhelmina"
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"hiking trails"
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"off the menu"
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"take your breath away"
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"steam locomotive"
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"putt putt golf"
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"fall foliage"
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"small visitor center"
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"mile loop"
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"winding road"
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Reviewed 18 January 2014

I did not dislike anything about this park. It is beautiful, has a wonderful view of the mountains, the lodge is wonderful, the food was delicious....just an awesome experience.

2  Thank Rhonda Bishop R
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ADPT-Region-5, Administrative Specialist III at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2014

Thank you for you feedback regarding Queen Wilhelmina State Park’s spectacular mountaintop setting breathtaking panoramic scenery.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge closed on March 5, 2012, to undergo a major renovation. It will reopen in Late 2014. This temporary closure applies to the entire lodge including all 38 guest rooms, the restaurant, lobby, meeting room, and restrooms. All other facilities at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, including the campground, bathhouse with hot showers, and trails, remain open. Park offices are temporarily located near the entrance to the park campground.
We hope you will plan a return visit to Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge after it reopens in 2014

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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.

1  Thank Loren W
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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.

Thank Kirk A
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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.

Thank Merre P
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