Things to do at Queen Wilhelmina State Park
As you travel the Talimena National Scenic Byway to Queen Wilhelmina State Park, you'll understand why this 54-mile route along east-west trending ridge tops of Arkansas's Ouachita and Oklahoma's Winding Stair mountains connecting Mena, Arkansas, to Talihina, Oklahoma, is a national scenic byway. Enjoy breathtaking mountain scenery. You'll find many 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. While visiting Queen Wilhelmina State Park, join the programs and guided hikes led by the park interpreter and learn more about the geology, fauna, and unique flora found here, and explore the fascinating history of this site that the state park graces on 2,681-foot Rich Mountain. Discover the trees that grow here, and learn how weather effects them in this upland environment. See the variety of wildflowers that grow here, and learn about their unique characteristics. Wildlife viewing opportunities abound here. The Ouachita Mountains are home to raccoons, deer, skunks, rabbits, and American black bear. This is a special place for birdwatching enthusiasts, too.
Explore the park's trails. 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 the Winding Stair Mountains in Oklahoma, this premier trail is enjoyed by hikers, backpackers, mountain bikers, and hunters. It is a non-motorized, singletrack trail open to foot traffic, with only partial mountain bike opportunities. The trail is primarily within the Ouachita National Forest which is administered by the U.S. Forest Service. Shelters for camping are spaced along the trail.
Queen Wilhelmina State Park includes a small playground for children. The park also offers a volleyball court.
See the rustic Wonder House. The house is so named because it houses nine levels within what appears to be a normal, two-story rock house. This house was built in the 1930s by Carlos Hill and his brother-in-law after Hill married and settled on Rich Mountain in the 1930s.
A unique way to see the park is to take a ride on the miniature train around the park. Visit the Mountain Glory Station, and then play miniature golf. Both of these are seasonal attractions, and admission fees apply.
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.