Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail – 1 mi (o&b)

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Wooden walkway south of lodge leading to trailhead for Reservoir Trail and Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic)

The Reservoir Trail at Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a short but vigorous hillside walk that starts right behind the lodge.

It makes a .4-mile (each way) downhill zigzag on the south side of Rich Mountain leading to a historic reservoir.

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Stone steps on the Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Getting to Queen Wilhelmina State Park

If you are coming from the north on Highway 71, at Acorn, take a right (heading east) on Highway 59/270. After 9 miles, take a left onto Highway 272. (Follow the signs to Queen Wilhelmina State Park.) This takes you up Rich Mountain to Highway 88 (Talimena Scenic Drive). Take a right on Highway 88. After about a half-mile. Turn left into Queen Wilhelmina.

If you are coming from the south on Highway 71, turn left onto Highway 88 in Mena.  Stay on 88 for about 12 miles. Queen Wilhelmina will be on your left.

The trailhead is by the lodge on the south side.

CLICK – Google Maps Directions to Reservoir Trailhead at Queen Wilhelmina

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
The Trail

The Reservoir Trail starts at the wooden walkway at the south end of Queen Wilhelmina Lodge. This spot is also the south trailhead for the Lovers Leap Trail.

From here, the trail heads to the right (west). Pretty quickly, the trail begins its downhill descent.

By its end, the trail descends 200 feet in elevation.

The prettiest spot is actually at the trailhead where there is a great south-facing view from near the top of Rich Mountain. But the forested downhill walk is a scenic one especially on the numerous stone-step inclines.

During leaf-off, you can catch some nice views through the trees of the Ouachita Mountains.

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

A little past half way, there is a spur to the left that leads to a hike-in primitive campsite area.

At the base of the trail, is the namesake historic reservoir, located just downhill from a spring. The reservoir served as a water source for the 1890’s Wilhelmina Inn, which was on the site of the present-day Lodge.

Of course, the hike back uphill is more challenging. There are a few benches on the trail in case you need a rest break.

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

The trail was in pretty good shape when I last hiked it in September. There was a bit of overgrowth, but the trail was very easy to follow.

I only had limited AT&T cell coverage. (The coverage in the park is often spotty at best.)

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
One of the inclines on the Reservoir Trail

These photos are from my September 21, 2014 hike. The gpx file is from my August 15, 2010 hike.

Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Reservoir Trail, Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
1890’s Stone Reservoir at the Foot of the Reservoir Trail
Maps
Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Queen Wilhelmina – Reservoir Trail Contour Map (Click to Enlarge).
CLICK – Interactive Trail Map
Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail - 1 mi (o&b) photo
Elevation profile based on gps data.
Photo Gallery

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Queen Wilhelmina: Reservoir Trail

LocationQueen Wilhelmina State Park, Polk County, Arkansas
Length/TypeOut and back; .4 miles each way/.8 miles total
DifficultyMildly challenging (2 of 5)
Gpx file (by Mike)Link
Date HikedSeptember 21, 2014 (and earlier).
DirectionsGoogle Maps Directions to Reservoir Trailhead at Queen Wilhelmina
Official Info (800) 264-2477 Website Official Trails Brochure (pdf)

[Last revised: 9-4-2017]

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