Attached are photos of some of the ongoing issues faced with the management of the Lake Ouachita Vista on Hickory Nut Mountain.
Over the Memorial Day weekend, there were large crowds on the mountain, filling the campground with extra campers spilling out into the nearby woods and many along FS Rd 47 between FS RD 50 and Crystal springs Rd.
Two of us traildogs went up the mountain on Tuesday, June 8, 2021, to pick up litter and look for further damage after we received photos of two vehicles parked on at the Vista, one of whom decided it would a great idea to pull the front wheels of his jeep up onto the Vista’s wall. Fortunately, someone took photos of this event and sent them to the sheriff’s office and to our email.
We are actively trying to identify the jeep owner and have requested the U.S. Forest Service’s enforcement people to track down these vandals.
There is no cure for stupidity!
Also [To be …] attached are some photos of graffiti on the walls some of which were painted on by visitors from the “recount state” – Arizona – who painted desert scenes on two of the rocks on the wall and put their names on the paintings. The viewing stand is still splashed with large blue letters spelling “Trump”!
If you have any information of the identity of the vandals, please send them to our site and we will forward them to enforcement authorities.