Things to do at Queen Wilhelmina State Park
As you travel the Talimena Scenic Drive to Queen Wilhelmina State Park, you'll understand why this 55-mile route along east-west trending ridge tops connecting Mena, Arkansas, to Talihina, Oklahoma, is a National Scenic Byway. Enjoy the breathtaking mountain scenery and take the time to stop at the roadside overlooks along the way. The Ouachita Mountains, Arkansas's southernmost mountain range, are one of only two mountain regions in the U.S. that run east-west. To the north lie the Ozark Mountains. While visiting Queen Wilhelmina State Park, join the programs and guided hikes led by the park interpreter and discover more about this fascinating landscape. Learn about the trees and wildflowers that grow here. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound here since raccoons, deer, skunks, rabbits, and black bear live in these mountains. This is a special place for birdwatching enthusiasts, too.
Visit Lover's Leap and take in the sweeping view from this legendary overlook.
The park is surrounded by the Ouachita National Forest, so more hiking adventures can be enjoyed within the national forest. The Ouachita National Recreation Trail can be accessed from the park. Stretching 223 miles through the Ouachita Mountains of Arkansas and Oklahoma, this premier trail is enjoyed by hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, and hunters. It is a non-motorized, single track trail open to foot traffic, with only partical mountain bike opportunites. The trail is primarily in the Ouachita National Forest which is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Shelters for camping are spaced along the trail.
Queen Wilhelmian State Park includes a small playground for children. The park also offers a volleyball court.
You can also ride the miniature train around the park and play miniature golf at the Mountain Glory Station. Both of these are seasonal attractions. Admission fees apply at these two attractions.
The park hosts a variety of special events including the Butterfly Festival, Mountainfest craft show, and Christmas on the Mountain celebration. Join the fun at these seasonal offerings. Combined with the natural beauty of Arkansas's four seasons here atop the state's second highest mountain, this is a mountain getaway for making special memories.
The City of Mena, just 13 miles east of the park, offers a city park with two spring-fed ponds. In the heart of the park stands a historic cabin. A block from the city park is the old Kansas City Southern depot that features a train museum and the offices of the Mena/Polk County Chamber of Commerce. Several antique shops can be enjoyed downtown. Near Mena are Lum & Abner's Jot-Em-Down Store, the Little Missouri Falls, Cossatot River State Park-Natural Area, and other attractions.