Tag - Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Trails at Queen Wilhelmina State Park on top of Rich Mountain in Polk County, Arkansas.

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

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Queen Wilhelmina: Lovers Leap Trail – 1 mi

Queen Wilhelmina: Lovers Leap Trail - 1 mi photo
Southeast facing view from the Lovers Leap overlook, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Queen Wilhelmina is a wonderful state park that sits on top of Rich Mountain, Arkansas’s second highest mountain in the Ouachita National Forest.

The Ouachita Trail, a 223-mile hiking trail that runs from LeFlore County, Oklahoma, to Pulaski County, Arkansas, runs through the middle of the park.

There also are a couple of short trails in the park. My favorite is the Lovers Leap Trail. It’s a cool wooded 1-mile loop trail at the east end of the park. The trail has some climbing, but it is not very difficult with only about a 250-foot net elevation change.

Queen Wilhelmina: Lovers Leap Trail - 1 mi photo
Lovers Leap Trail (panoramic), Queen Wilhelmina State Park

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Queen Wilhelmina: Lover’s Leap Overlook Evening Photos

Queen Wilhelmina: Lover’s Leap Overlook Evening Photos photo
Panoramic view from Lover’s Leap Overlook, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

A couple of weeks ago, I stopped for a visit at Queen Wilhelmina State Park, near Mena and had an early evening walk on the Lovers Leap Trail. The most beautiful spot on the trail is the Lovers Leap overlook.

Queen Wilhelmina: Lover’s Leap Overlook Evening Photos photo
View from Lover’s Leap Overlook, Queen Wilhelmina State Park

These are some of the photos I took from the Overlook and the trail that evening.

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Ouachita Trail Rich Mountain Snow Photos December 2012

Ouachita Trail Rich Mountain Snow Photos December 2012 photo
Trail head (Ouachita Trail), near Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Yesterday, I wanted to take some snow pictures so I headed toward Queen Wilhelmina State Park. It is up on Rich Mountain, near Mena, Arkansas.

It turned out that there was so much snow and ice at the park that the trails were closed, but I was able to get some pictures on the nearby Ouachita Trail section just west of the park. (This is the part I called 02-J, between the park and the pioneer cemetery. It is between Mile 50 and 51.)

Ouachita Trail Rich Mountain Snow Photos December 2012 photo
Panoramic of Ouachita Trail (facing West) with lots of snow

The snow seemed a foot or more deep, but I didn’t bring a ruler. (Officially, Mena got 9 inches of snow.)

Hiking through snow that deep is kind of like hiking through a giant sandbox. Good exercise, but hard to move very fast.  Continue reading Ouachita Trail Rich Mountain Snow Photos December 2012