The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail traverses U.S. Forest lands that have long been popular hunting grounds in all seasons. All Trail users should be aware of these activities and not wear clothing that could be mistaken for wildlife. Bright colors and hunter orange eliminate most instances of mistaken identity.
BE AWARE IT'S HUNTING SEASON - WEAR ORANGE ON THE TRAIL!
We would like to remind everyone that modern gun deer season opens on November 9, 2019, and continues through December 1 in the Ouachita National Forest along the LOViT. Dogs are allowed to be used hunting for deer during this time. A second modern gun season is December 26-28. Note also these deer hunting dates: Archery - Sept. 28, 2019, through Feb. 29, 2020; Muzzleloader - Oct. 19-27 and Dec. 14-16; Youth modern gun hunt - Nov. 2-3, 2019, and Jan. 4-5, 2020. Be especially careful and be sure to wear orange if you decide to hike or bike on the Trail during these times. We don't want anyone to get hurt or to cause conflicts between Trail users and hunters.
We had five volunteers today working on rehabilitating the Old Homestead Trailhead site. Our goal was to stabilize the walls of the 100 year old root cellar and clean and clear the old hand dug well.
Split-rail fencing was added to hopefully protect the old root cellar site across Shangri-La Road from the Homestead Trailhead and parking lot.
We purchased cedar split rail fence which we installed around the old root cellar to help prevent further damage from folks climbing into the old cellar and knocking loose the carefully dry staked walls of the cellar.
We cleaned the cellar of decades of debris and carefully rebuilt two places where roots from nearby pine trees had disturbed the west wall and where some trail users had removed some stones on the south wall. Fortunately the stones from the walls were in the bottom of the cellar, covered in debris.
Once the walls were rebuilt and stabilized we installed a 10’ X 20’ rail fence around the site.
Traildog Chuck worked feverishly to clean up the site of the old well across the road from the Homestead Trailhead.
We also cleared the old hand dug well of debris, vines and limbs.
We will be installing an interpretive sign describing the old homestead, built between 1895 and 1900.