Queen Wilhelmina State Park RV & Campground Guide


Queen Wilhelmina State Park occupies 460 acres on top of Rich Mountain — Arkansas’ second-highest peak. Central to the park is Queen Wilhelmina Lodge, which was originally built in 1898, however, the present-day lodge is a reconstruction of the original, which burned in 1973. Along with the lodge's reconstruction, Arkansas developed a campground for those who choose to travel in an RV. The main attraction of the park is the view of the Ouachita Mountains. A small community, Mena, AR, is within 13 miles of the park. The largest community within proxminity to the park is Fort Smith, AR, which is 94 miles to the north. 

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Winter 29-49 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Many consider RV camping to be the best way to spend time at Queen Wilhelmina State Park. RVs are a home away from home for many travelers. If you don't own an RV, consider renting through RVshare.

Queen Wilhelmina State Park Campground

The campground at Queen Wilhelmina State Park has 35 RV sites. Most of these sites offer full hookups and are in heavily wooded areas. These sites fill quickly on holiday weekends, so making a reservation may work to your advantage. Fresh drinking water can be found at water stations strategically placed around the park for those RVs campers without water hookups. A dump station is available for campers to empty their waste tanks. Restrooms with flush toilets and warm showers provide comfort for all campers. There is a swimming pool, which is welcomed by hikers returning after a brisk walk in the summer heat. A children’s playground and a mini-golf course where adults and children can play together are available. Four miles of hiking trails around the summit of Rich Mountain take visitors to impressive views.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amps

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $12 to $25 per night

Shadow Mountain RV Park

Shadow Mountain RV Park sits in Mena, AR, only 13 miles from Queen Wilhelmina State Park. Shadow Mountain offers 63 RV campsites with full hookups. The sites accommodate RVs up to 40 feet in length. All the campsites have pull-through options to make for easier parking and are spacious with plenty of room for the picnic table and fire ring that grace each site. There is a 3-acre lake that is fully stocked with fish. A dip in the swimming pool relieves the stress of summer heat, especially after a day of vigorous activity. Restrooms, a shower house, and laundry facilities are available for all guests to use. A children’s playground lets kids play during the daylight hours. Hikers, mountain bikers, and ATV enthusiasts find plenty of opportunities to exercise and have fun at Shadow Mountain RV Park.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 20/30/50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi Available: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $21 to $30 per night

Hanson’s Camp RV and Cabins

Another RV campground in Mena is Hanson’s Camp RV and Cabins. Every RV site backs up against the Ouachita National Forest, and while there are only 14 RV sites, there is a picnic table and fire ring available at each one. Restrooms and bathhouses provide that extra bit of comfort that makes guests feel welcome. ATV riders are welcomed at this campground as well. The campground offers a mix of activities, in which there is 22-acre area designed for ATV riding that is made up of gentle and challenging courses. Trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and ATV enthusiasts are within easy reach in the Ouachita National Forest.

  • Water Hookup: Yes

  • Electric Hookup: 50 amp

  • Sewer Hookup: No

  • Wi-Fi Available: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes

  • Fee: $25 to $35 per night

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What to Do at
Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Inside Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Queen Wilhelmina State Park offers spectacular views up, down, and around the summit of Rich Mountain. While the RV campsites do not provide scenic views because of the dense forest surrounding them, the trails that wander to the top of Rich Mountain often reveal some of the finest panoramic scenes to be found in Arkansas. Inside the lodge, visitors find Queen’s Restaurant, which serves rich helpings of Southern cuisine. The park supplies an incredible playground for children and a volleyball court for adults. Most visitors are incredulous when they visit the Wonder House where an apparently two-story rock building includes nine levels of living space.

Outside Queen Wilhelmina State Park

While Queen Wilhelmina State Park offers an array of activities, the area outside the park provides even more. Though the communities close by are small, they provide elegant examples of renowned Southern hospitality. Restaurants of various cuisines offer exciting tastes. Shops are friendly and sell goods as varied as you will find anywhere in the country. Educational and athletic opportunities abound in the area.


American Artisans Eatery and Gallery

The American Artisans Eatery and Gallery specializes in American cuisine. Their menu includes items like the Southwest chicken melt and the sooie pig.

Type: American

Location: 615 Mena Street, Mena, AR 71953

Branding Iron Steakhouse

You do not have to go far to find a great barbeque house in Arkansas. The Branding Iron Steakhouse delivers American traditional meals with a barbeque flair. Look into their menu and find items like their delicious country fried steak.

Type: American, Barbecue

Location: 623 Sherwood Avenue, Mena, AR 71953

Little Italy II

Little Italy II specializes in Italian cuisine. Their menu includes tasty items like baked pasta, specialty pizzas, and entrees such as chicken alfredo fettuccini.

Type: Italian

Location: 1411 U.S. Highway 71 North, Mena, AR 71953


Foot of the Hill Gift Shop

At the Foot of the Hill Gift Shop you will find every possible souvenir of your trip that you can envision. On the shelves, visitors find items such as candles, blown-glass ornaments, silk-screened shirts, and postcards with scenes from the area. Few visitors leave this shop without a gift wrapped in an elegant gold bag.

Location: 200 Grandview Heights, Mena, AR 71953

The Fair Lady

At The Fair Lady, women and girls find clothes for the season. No matter your size or age, this store stocks great clothing that you can use for hiking, dancing, or even sunbathing.

Location: 609 Mena Street, Mena, AR 71953

Mena Antique Mall

One of the finest antique shops in the area is the Mena Antique Mall. The mall handles 25 antique vendors. Vetted antiques from around the world are found on the shelves of this shop.

Location: 617 Mena Street Mena, AR 71953

Walmart Supercenter

When camping, you often need to do a little shopping for essential supplies. At the Walmart Supercenter in Mena, you will find everything you need. The store carries items ranging from medicines to food to clothing.

Location: 600 U.S. Highway 71 North, Mena, AR 71953


Board Camp Crystal Mines

Surprise yourself and your family with a visit to Board Camp Crystal Mines. At this mining site, you can dig your own crystals and take tours.

Location: 110 Polk Road 62, Mena, AR

Mena Art Gallery

Visiting the Mena Art Gallery exposes you and your children to the artists who live in the area. The gallery holds exhibitions for burgeoning and established artists.

Location: 607 Mena Street, Mena, AR 71953

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How to Get to
Queen Wilhelmina State Park

From Mena, head northwest on Arkansas Highway 88 (AR-88) for 13 miles. The park entrance is on the right.

The fastest route from Fort Smith travels through eastern Oklahoma. From Fort Smith, take Arkansas Highway 22 for three miles. Find the ramp to Interstate 540 South/United States Highway 71 South (I-540 S/US-71 S). Drive for four miles and continue straight on United States Highway 271 South (US-271 S) for another three miles. Turn left onto Oklahoma Highway 122 (OK-112), which is also North Pocola Boulevard. Drive OK-112 for 17 miles and then keep straight onto the United States Highway 59 Bypass (US-59 ByP) for four miles. Merge onto US-59 and drive for another 11 miles until you find United States Highway 270 East/United States Highway 59 South (US-270 E/US-59 S), otherwise known as West 1st Street. Take US-270 E/US-59 S for 30 miles and turn right onto Arkansas Highway 272 (AR-272) and travel less than two miles before you bear right onto AR88. Drive another mile to the park entrance on the left.

Entering Queen Wilhelmina State Park

Queen Wilhelmina State Park is open from dawn to dusk for day-use activities.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Queen Wilhelmina State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Queen Wilhelmina State Park?

Queen Wilhelmina State Park is beautiful regardless of the season. The springtime is filled with wildflowers, while the long summer days are perfect for being outside. The fall foliage is lovely, and the rock formations take center stage in the winter.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Queen Wilhelmina State Park?

The park has an abundant amount of wildlife. Bear, turkey, quail, fox, roadrunner, coyotes, armadillos, and more live within the park. Birds such as turkey vultures, red-tail hawks, and eagles call the park home.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Queen Wilhelmina State Park?

Queen Wilhelmina State Park has 40 RV-friendly campsites. Eight sites have water and 50-amp electric hookups, 27 sites have water and 30-amp electric hookups, and five only have water. The park has a modern bathhouse and a dump station.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Queen Wilhelmina State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations are not required at the park. Unreserved spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you make a reservation, you will pay a reservation fee equal to one night’s basic camping fee.

Are pets allowed at Queen Wilhelmina State Park?

Queen Wilhelmina State Park is pet-friendly. Pets must be kept on a leash, and owners must have a current copy of their pet’s vaccination records. Owners must clean up after their furry friends.