Best Hiking Trails in Queen Wilhelmina State Park
Due to its mountainous perch, Queen Wilhelmina State Park offers quite a range of trails, from easy to strenuous in difficulty. Given the variety and length of the park's nature trails, you're sure to find something to suit your group, convenient to nearby Queen Wilhelmina State Park cabins.
1. Ouachita Trail
At 223mi. long, you'll likely only hike a portion of this rugged trail, which passes through multiple states and parks. The portion running through the park has a steep section leading to the Upper Kiamichi River Wilderness Area, and sections can be quite rocky.
2. Lover’s Leap Trail
This is a relatively short, 1.3mi. loop trail that offers you breathtaking views of the Ouachita Mountains. The trail supports a number of activities, including bird watching. At a moderate difficulty, it is kid- and dog-friendly; dogs must be leashed.
3. Reservoir Trail
It's easy to find this moderately difficult trail, which begins right from the park's lodge, and leads downhill to a stone reservoir. The trail is is two-thirds of a mile, round-trip.
Best Family Activities in Queen Wilhelmina State Park
A stay in Queen Wilhelmina State Park cabins allows you to make the most of the plethora of activities available atop Rich Mountain, from picnicking and hiking to biking, wildlife-spotting, and visiting the Wonder House, a historic, nine-level home that deceptively appears to be a normal two-story stone house.
1. Wildlife spotting
Join one of the park's guided hikes in order to learn more about its unique flora and fauna. In spring, the park is also known for having beautiful wildflowers. Furthermore, Queen Wilhelmina State Park is a destination for avid bird watchers.
The park sits along a stretch of the Talimena Scenic Highway. For adventuresome families, a bike ride along this beautiful road's steep terrain makes for a unique, highly active day out.
3. Playgrounds and volleyball
The park has a volleyball court, ideal for older children looking to get a game in, and a small playground suitable for younger children, so if you're not ready to hit the trails as a family, you can simply relax outdoors while the younger members of your group play.