Queen Wilhelmina State Park

There are 3 short trails at Queen Wilhelmina State Park that have been on my to do list for a while and I found myself in that neighborhood with a bit of free time so I checked them out.  Note that the lodge is still closed for remodeling and is expected to reopen “in summer 2015”.  The campground is open but has recently been without water.  That is supposed to be fixed by early summer.

The Lover’s Leap trail is about a mile long loop with ends on the north and south sides of the lodge.  The northern leg is shared with the Ouachita Trail so I had seen that part but the remaining 2/3 or so waited until today.  There is a surprising amount of elevation change for such a short trail and some great views, especially from the Lover’s Leap Overlook (which is nearer the north end).

The Reservoir trail is a 0.4-mile spur from the Lover’s Leap trail on the south side of the lodge.  It heads down hill (250′ elevation drop) to an old stone reservoir that served the hotel (built 1898) that originally stood about where the lodge is now.

The Spring trail is about .5 miles and is across the highway (north) from the rest of the park.  The east end is behind the Wonder House (which I did not investigate), the west end is directly across the highway from where the Ouachita Trail enters/leaves the woods west of the campground.  There is a spring here near the east end that would be a good source of water for backpackers when the state park has no water (like now).

About Michael R

I enjoy hiking, landscaping with native plants, nature photography, dark chocolate, fine dining, good movies, and old jazz.
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