3877 Highway 88 West, Mena Arkansas 71953
501-394-2863 Toll Free: 800-264-2477
Atop Arkansas's second highest peak, this cloud-capped hideway reigns above the Ouachita Mountains.
Located on the Talimena Scenic Drive, the park is as rich in history as scenery. In the late 1800s, a resort hostelry named Queen Wilhlemina Inn in honor of the Queen of the Netherlands was built on Rich Mountain by the Kansas City, Pittsburgh and Gulf Railroad. Two inns have replaced the original `Castle in the Sky`, the latest is this park's focal point.
The lodge offers 36 guest rooms plus two Queen's Roooms with fireplaces, and a restaurant serving Southern fare.
Park facilities include 40 campsites (35 class A; five Tent), picnic areas, trails, a miniature railroad, animal park, miniature golf course, laundry and store.
Other Arkansas State Parks nearby:
(Wickes) Cossatot River State Park
(Kirby) Daisy State Park
(Mountain Pine) Lake Ouachita State Park
(Mena) Queen Wilhelmina State Park
12/07 Coming to The Mena area
Arkansas Literary Festival Little Rock AR April18-21 The tenth anniversary gathering with events on both sides of the river. Featuring well known authors Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana.
Riverfest Little Rock AR May24-26 Riverfest is a celebration of visual and performing arts that is held annually over Memorial Day weekend on the banks of the Arkansas River in Little Rock.
Johnson County Peach Festival Clarksville AR July25-28 Johnson County Peach Festival is the oldest festival in the State. Concessionaires bring their wares from good ol' home cookin' to handmade arts and crafts. Enjoy live entertainment and don't miss the Peach Cobbler Bake-Off and Jam/Jelly Contest.
Hope Watermelon Festival Hope AR August9-11 Watermelon Olympics, melon judging and auction, watermelon eating contest, seed spitting contest, melon toss, antique engine show, entertainment and SW Arkansas' largest arts and crafts show.
National Championship Chuckwagon Races Clinton AR August31-September2 Chuckwagon Races, Snowy River Race, bronc fanning, music, concerts, camping, trail riding, western trade show, horse and mule clinics, seminars, and barn dances.
Arkansas Apple Festival Lincoln AR October4-6 The centerpiece of the festival is the unequalled variety of arts and crafts, featuring works of some of the most talented artisans in the Ozarks. One of the highlights of the Arkansas Apple Festival is the Apple Core Throwing Contest, a test of strength, accuracy, aerodynamics, and just plain luck.