QUEEN WILHELMINA STATE PARK
High atop Arkansas's second tallest peak, this cloud-capped hideaway reigns above the Ouachita Mountains. Located on the Talimena Scenic Drive, the park is as rich in history as in scenery. In the late 1800s, a resort hostelry named Queen Wilhelmina Inn in honor of the Queen of the Netherlands was built on Rich Mountain by the Kansas City, Pittsburg and Gulf Railroad. Two inns have replaced the original "Castle in the Sky"--the latest is this park's focal point. The lodge offers 38 guest rooms including two Queen's Rooms with wood-burning fireplaces, two Regent's Rooms with spa tubs, and the Stilwell Room with a king-size bed and sitting area. Enjoy shopping in the Queen's Treasury gift shop and dining on delicious Southern cuisine in the Queen's Restaurant.
Located in Arkansas, the park was established in 1957. It's named after Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands for her investment into a local railway company during late 19th century.
The original "Castle on The Clouds" lodge built to honor her visit burned down before she arrived and was rebuilt twice - once in 1963 and again in 1975 due to fire damage.
Today it offers various recreational activities such as hiking trails, picnic areas, camping sites along with its iconic lodging facility offering panoramic views of Ouachita Mountains.
The park offers 41 campsites including Preferred B, Standard B and Tent sites), picnic areas, hiking trails and interpretive programs.
Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, Arkansas's "Castle in the Clouds," offers you breathtaking scenery of the surrounding Ouachita Mountains, peace and quiet, delicious food and delightful park trails to explore. Open year-round, the lodge offers 38 guest rooms including two "Queen's Rooms" with woodburning fireplaces, and two "Regent's Rooms" with spa baths. You'll enjoy fine Southern fare in Queen's Restaurant, and delightful shopping in the Queen's Treasury gift shop. A meeting room that can accommodate up to 55 persons is available upon advance request. Private dining can be arranged for groups up to 60 persons.
No pets are allowed in the lodge except service animals.