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.
The Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to officially open the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) has been set for:
Date: Tuesday October 28, 1014
Time: 1:00 pm
Location: The Avery Recreation Area at the Lake Ouachita’s Blakely Mountain Dam in Garland County.
This forty-mile long trail system designed for mountain biking and hiking is the result of ten years of planning, design and construction by a coalition of a dozen local, state and federal organizations. The trail courses along the southern shores of Lake Ouachita over five mountains located in the Ouachita National Forest.
The agenda for the ceremony will include remarks by:
Colonel John W. Cross, Colonel US Army Corps of Engineers
Norman Wagner, Forest Supervisor Ouachita National Forest
Joe David Rice, Arkansas Tourism Director
Jeff Crow, Deputy Director, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission
Steve Schneider, Regional Director, International Mountain Biking Association (IMBA)
Following the ribbon cutting, there will be a two-mile hike and bike event on the Blakely Mountain section of the trail. Shuttles will be provided.