Ouachita Trail: This impressively long trail (one of Arkansas' longest) runs right through the park. Heading west from the tent camping area, the trail parallels the Talimena Scenic Drive. Over the first 1.25 miles, you will come across nice vista points and an old pioneer graveyard. Hiking another fifty miles will take you to the western end of the trail in Talimena State Park in Oklahoma. The trail also heads east from the lodge and works its way to Pinnacle Mountain State Park in Little Rock! The eastern end of this trail is described in my book Trails of Central Arkansas.
Spring Trail: The 0.5 mi. Spring Trail connects the camping area to the Wonder House and Amphitheater. Campers can probably walk between those areas faster on the road, but this provides a more natural path with much less traffic. I walked the trail early in the morning mostly to tire my dog out, so the fact that I didn't notice the spring shouldn't be taken as concrete evidence that it isn't there or isn't interesting.
Reservoir Trail: This rocky trail heads west from the southern side of the lodge. It gradually winds its way downhill to an old drained stone reservoir. The round-trip hike is about 2/3 of a mile. The walk-in campsite is located just off this trail.
Lover's Leap Trail: This is probably the best trail in the park. The whole trail is a mile long, but if you just want the easiest way to the viewing platform, you can leave from the northeast side of the lodge, hike the third of a mile to the platform and head back the same way.
We had hoped to hike the nearby Black Fork Mountain Trail, a interesting spur off of the OT, but low clouds drove us to change up our plans and visit several wineries in Altus instead.
Map of Trails at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Click or zoom for more information.
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|Wonder House (Tours Available)|
|Rocky Trail to the Reservoir|
|View from Lover's Leap|
|Vista Spur Along Ouachita Trail|