Queen Wilhelmina State Park
If mountain scenery is your delight, this park has the "WOW" factor for you
Check out the slide shows, pictures, videos, and information below.
The highest mountains in Arkansas can be found in and near Queen Wilhelmina. The lodge at this park, originally called the "Castle in the Sky," sits atop Rich Mountain, the second highest mountain in Arkansas. Although the highest being 2,753 feet is Mount Magazine State Park, considering you have to hike up 153 feet to the top of Mount Magazine, you can drive to a higher elevation at the Queen Wilhelmina lodge sitting at 2,681 feet. If you have the opportunity, visiting this park during the peak fall colors is probably one of the best times to be there. There is a nice lodge if you want that type of accommodation. At the very least you must visit the lodge to see the views of the mountains. If camping is your way of travel, there is a campground with RV and tent sites. The sites are mostly shaded. In addition there are hiking trails, picnicking area, miniature train ride, and original cabin facility, the Wonder House to enjoy while staying there. Also, a drive along the 54 mile Talimena Scenic Drive along highway 88 is outstanding.
Check out Queen Wilhelmina State Park website for additional information
The best thing about Queen Wilhelmina is the mountain scenery especially along the Talimena Scenic Highway.
Arlene looking over valley view
Valley view from one of the trails.
Deadman Scenic View
View along Talimena scenic drive.
Mountain view along Talimena Drive
Pan along Talimena Scenic Highway.
Deadman Vista View
More mountain views
The fall colors paint the mountain views.
More fall colors
Beautiful fall colors to enjoy.
View Over the City of Acorn
Lovely views over city of Acorn below.
Lover's Leap View
This is an easy short trip from the lodge for this view.
Queen Wilhelmina Lodge
Train with Valley View
The variety of things to see and do at this park is one of its main draw for visitors.
The Arkansas Parks and Tourism division has a 4 minute video to introduce you to the Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Take a few minutes to look at this.
For those who enjoying hiking, here are some pictures along the trails we hiked.
There are 32 pictures of hiking trails and the Talimena Scenic Highway Trail, but you can click on the slideshow pictures and manually control the speed you look at these.
You meet interesting people while driving the Talimena Highway.
One of the most popular trails, but some of it is a bit steep and rocky.
A bit steep, but not too bad at this point. .
The following slideshow gives views of the Wonder House, the campsites, and the miniature Glory Train as well as an old engine display on the mountain.
The campgrounds are at the base of the road to the lodge where you register.
This building is no longer used, but can be toured with a guide.
The sign explains much of the history.