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Queen Wilhelmina State Park - Day Hike Trails

Lovers' Leap Trail (E-1)

Park/Rec Area: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1.3 miles
Time: 3/4 hour
Difficulty: Moderate
Brochure: Available at lodge.

Location: Park location is 13 miles west of Mena on Hwy. 88. During inclement weather, travel 6 miles north from Mena on U.S. 71, then 9 miles on U.S. 270, then 2 miles on Hwy. 272.

Description: Rich Mountain offers superlative views of the Ouachita Mountains. This windblown mountaintop often looks like the high reaches of the Smoky Mountains, with heavy fog and stunted, contorted hardwood trees. The attraction of this loop trail is an overlook on a high rock bluff with a sweeping view of the surrounding Ouachita National Forest.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 3877 Hwy. 88 West, Mena, AR, 71953, (479) 394-2863 www.queenwilhelmina.com queenwilhelmina@arkansas.com

Ouachita Trail (E-1, E-2, E-3, E-4, E-5) (National Recreation Trail)

Park/Rec Area: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 225 miles
Time: Varies with weather, physical ability, total hiking distance, specific distance, etc.
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate - Strenuous
Brochure: From the east, the first 32 miles of the Ouachita Trail (OT) are managed by Pinnacle Mountain State Park. Hikers are encouraged to leave emergency information with park staff. Trail guides and a map of this section are available at the visitor center, or you can write to: Pinnacle Mountain State Park, 11901 Pinnacle Valley Rd., Roland, AR 72135. PHONE: (501) 868-5806. Call for price of map. The next 193 miles of the trail are managed by the U.S. Forest Service, Ouachita National Forest. A map of this section is available from the Forest Service by writing to the Forest Supervisor at the Hot Springs address, call for price of map. This map indicates trailhead access points, topographic contours, streams, campgrounds, etc. The last 31 miles of the trail extend into Oklahoma. Detailed guides can be purchased at area bookstores and sporting goods stores.

Location: Western Terminus: Talimena State Park, Oklahoma. Eastern terminus: Pinnacle Mountain State Park Visitor Center, 15 miles west of Little Rock off Hwy. 10, north on Hwy. 300 and east on Pinnacle Valley Road.

Description: The OT is an east-west corridor which extends from Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock to Talimena State Park near Talihina, Oklahoma. This mountain trail offers the hiker a wide range of opportunities from scenic vistas, upland hardwood and pine forests to clear streams, high ridges and wide valleys.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 3877 Hwy. 88 West, Mena, AR, 71953, (479) 394-2863 www.queenwilhelmina.com queenwilhelmina@arkansas.com

Reservoir Trail (E-1)

Park/Rec Area: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 2/3 mile round trip
Time: 3/4 hour
Difficulty: Moderate

Location: Park location is 13 miles west of Mena on Hwy. 88. During inclement weather, travel 6 miles north from Mena on U.S. 71, then 9 miles on U.S. 270, then 2 miles on Hwy. 272.

Description: This trail begins south of the lodge at the stairs, and continues 1/3 of a mile down the hill to a stone reservoir. The reservoir was part of the water system for the 1898 hotel. Just up the hill from the reservoir is an excellent spring that was said to have curative powers.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 3877 Hwy. 88 West, Mena, AR, 71953, (479) 394-2863 www.queenwilhelmina.com queenwilhelmina@arkansas.com

Spring Trail (E-1)

Park/Rec Area: Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Region: Ouachitas
Length: 1/2 mile one way
Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Location: Park location is 13 miles west of Mena on Hwy. 88. During inclement weather, travel 6 miles north from Mena on U.S. 71, then 9 miles on U.S. 270, then 2 miles on Hwy. 272.

Description: Beginning behind the stage at the amphitheater, you’ll walk west 100 yards to the spring. This was a favorite gathering place for early settlers and is still a great oasis of relaxation and reflection. The trail continues past the spring for about ½ mile and come out on State Hwy. 88 across from the west end of the campground. You may return by the same trail, or cross the road to the park.

For Information: Park Superintendent, 3877 Hwy. 88 West, Mena, AR, 71953, (479) 394-2863 www.queenwilhelmina.com queenwilhelmina@arkansas.com