Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge closed on March 5, 2012, to undergo a major renovation. It will reopen in early 2015. 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 and trails, remain open. Park offices are temporarily located near the entrance to the park campground.
A prescribed burn will be conducted within Queen Wilhelmina State Park in the Spring Trail area on March 10 and 11, weather permitting. The burn will be conducted by staff from Arkansas State Parks, the Arkansas Forestry Commission, and local fire departments. This time of year is optimal for the removal of dead wood on the forest floor that would provide dangerous fuel should a wildfire break out in warm weather months, especially under drought conditions. A prescribed burn is a valuable tool in park resource management to reduce fuel in the forest, for ecosystem restoration, and to maintain a healthy forest. For additional information on this prescribed burn, contact the park at: 479-394-2863.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park
A spectacular mountaintop setting. Breathtaking panoramic scenery. Royal hospitality. Queen Wilhelmina State Park is this, and more. The park's crowning attraction is its renowned hostelry, a historic lodging tradition born in 1898 with the original "Castle in the Sky" that graced this same lofty locale high above the Ouachita Mountains over 100 years ago. Today's Queen Wilhelmina Lodge features 38 guest rooms including two spacious Queen's Rooms and two royal Regent's Rooms, fine Southern fare in the Queen's Restaurant, and a treasure-filled gift shop. Park campsites, hiking trails and overlooks are just a short walk from the lodge. Come experience this royal retreat atop 2,681-foot Rich Mountain, Arkansas's second highest peak. Of the 52 Arkansas state parks, Queen Wilhelmina is one of the state park system's eight mountain state parks.