Happenings

This page contains posts relating to various events and other happenings on or associated with the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail.  This might include Lake Ouachita and campground cleanups sponsored by Friends of Lake Ouachita (“FOLO”) or the Lake Ouachita Citizen Focus Committee (“LOCFC”), races or other organized events to be held on the Trail, and so forth.

If your group plans to host an event or other “happening” on the trail, let us know, and we can add an article to the site.  Contact information can be found on the “Home” page, the “About” page, or on the “Traildogs” page.


Events and Happenings on the LOViT


Mount Ida’s “Tires on the Trail” Event – May 26, 2017

May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling — and encourage more folks to giving biking a try.


Here in Montgomery County, Arkansas, three of our trails have been designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as IMBA EPICS: the Womble, the Lake Ouachita Vista (LOViT), and the Ouachita National Recreation Trail.

Join us this Friday, May 26th, from Noon – 4:00 pm, at Tompkins Bend Recreation Area & Campground (15 Tompkins Bend, Mount Ida, AR 71957) for our National Bike Month Event, “Tires on the Trail”. Dust off your bikes and come put your tires on the LOViT Trail! Learn basic bike maintenance, repair, and safety tips and signup for a guided mini-ride on the LOViT Trail. BYOB – Bring Your Own Bike! (Helmets Required). 

This is a FREE family friendly community event! Light refreshements provided. Kids of all ages are encouraged to attend! Minors must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian to participate in the rides.

Produced by the Trail Tourism Committee of the Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce.

http://tiresonthetrail.us/

Sponsored by: Action Realty, Lake Ouachita Vacation Rentals, Ouachita Kayak Tours, Robin Smith Law Firm, PA, Shangri-La Resort, The Gear Factory, and Mount Ida Area Chamber of Commerce

League of American Bicyclists: http://www.bikeleague.org/
IMBA EPICS: https://www.imba.com/model-trails/epics/all-rides

A Cold and Rainy LOViT Marathon – Dec. 4, 2016

Yesterday, a handful of Traildogs joined with Phillip Carr and Shangri La’s Carr family to help with the annual LOViT Marathon, an out-and-back race traditionally held on the first Saturday in December.

The race starts at the LOViT’s ADA Pavilion just off Shangri La Road and follows the Trail 14.1 miles to the turnaround at the Hickory Nut Mountain Trailhead.

The LOViT Marathon always brings good friends together for a great run the woods, despite the weather! (Click on this image to view more photos from the 2016 LOViT Marathon)

The LOViT Marathon always brings good friends together for a great run the woods, despite the weather!
(Click on this image to view photos of runners approaching the Hickory Nut Mountain Trailhead, the turnaround point for the 2016 LOViT Marathon)

Phil had expected a record turnout, but the bleak and rainy December morning brought out 76 or so runners for the event, some running the full marathon, while others ran a ½ marathon, catching a shuttle back to the start/stop line from Hickory Nut Mountain.

Despite the weather, this is always a great event.

The LOViT Is Now Clear and Open – Sept. 8, 2016

The clean up of downed trees from the severe windstorm of last July was completed yesterday.

Many thanks to a few Traildogs, especially Robert Cavanaugh and Ron Mayfield, and to our good friends on the International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA) Trail Crew.  Over the past couple of months, we cut well over 100 downed trees off of the Trail.  Much of the saga can be read about on the LOViT Facebook Page.

The entire LOViT is now open for hiking and biking. Fall is a great time to enjoy the trail.

A late-August view from Traildog Vista on Bear Mountain.

A late-August view from Traildog Vista on Bear Mountain.

Help Protect the LOViT – A Call To Action

Help Protect The LOViT
By Making Your Voice Heard

The LOViT Traildogs, Friends of Lake Ouachita, and the Lake Ouachita Citizens Focus Committee are seeking user support from all those who hike, bike, or just generally love the LOViT.

Removal of the canopy (whether by fire, thinning, or harvesting) results in explosive growth or weeds, bushes, and briars in the trail.

Removal of the canopy (whether by fire, thinning, or harvesting) results in explosive growth or weeds, bushes, and briars in the trail.

The United States Forest Service has published an announcement of a proposed “Resource Management Project” (see the link below) that would likely damage the canopy, the tread, and the aesthetic beauty of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail.

We urge each of you read the proposal letter and provide your input to the Womble District Ranger, Shalonda Guy.  Public input is a key element in the planning and execution of all Forest Service proposed projects.

In addition to the Project document from the USFS and their map describing the areas in which the proposed burn and timber harvest would take place, we have also attached a sample of letters already submitted regarding the viability of this proposed resource management project as background information for your personal response.

Many, many thanks in advance for your help and for your comments to the US Forest Service.

The Traildogs

(Click on the links below to view the documents):

USFS Gap Creek Project proposal:

Lake Ouachita Citizens Focus Committee Response:

Other individual responses:

 

Traildog Outing with Workers from IMBA and the Texas Conservation Corps – June 8, 2016

This afternoon, led by Al Gathright, 6 Traildogs (yes, spouses are Traildogs too!!!) hosted trail workers from the International Mountain Biking Association and the Texas Conservation Corps to a hamburger and brat supper at the new Friends of Lake Ouachita-sponsored pavilion at the entrance to the Tompkins Bend Campground, followed by a short tour of Lake Ouachita.

The IMBA and Texas Conservation Corps joins the Traildogs for a picnic at the new Friends of Lake Ouachita-sponsored pavilion at Tompkins Bend Campground.

The IMBA and Texas Conservation Corps joins the Traildogs for a picnic at the new Friends of Lake Ouachita-sponsored pavilion at Tompkins Bend Campground.
(Click on this image to view more photos from June 8, 2016)

We all tremendously appreciate the work these teams are doing along the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail – THANK YOU ALL!!!