Queen Wilhelmina State Park is on the Talimena Scenic Drive. Stretching 54 miles from Talihina, Oklahoma, to Mena, Arkansas, this national scenic byway offers breathtaking views from the ridgetops of the Winding Stair Mountains in Oklahoma and the Ouachita Mountains in Arkansas.
Above the clouds on Arkansas's second tallest peak, Queen Wilhelmina State Park overlooks the folded ridges and valleys of the Ouachita Mountains. Rich Mountain, which rises 2,681 feet above sea level, is noted for an abundance of Arkansas wildflowers, and migrations of birds, bears and butterflies. The park is located on the famous Talimena Scenic Drive, and most visitors agree that getting to the park is as enjoyable as being there. This is a place for relaxing and sightseeing amidst breathtaking panoramic scenery.
NOTE: The park's 38-room lodge — Arkansas's "Castle in the Clouds" — closed on March 5, 2012, to undergo a major renovation. The lodge will reopen in early 2015. This temporary closure applies to the entire lodge including all 38 guest rooms, the meeting room, lobby, restrooms, and restaurant. All other facilities in the park, including the campground and trails remain open. The park also offers 41 campsites, picnic areas, hiking trails, a miniature train, mini-golf course, and interpretive programs. These programs highlight Rich Mountain's fauna and unique flora, and will connect you to the fascinating history of the three inns that have graced this mountaintop site.
To learn more about Queen Wilhelmina State Park, go to: www.QueenWilhelmina.com.