BE AWARE OF HUNTING ON THE TRAIL!

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.

PLEASE visit the following link for more information regarding hunting seasons in Arkansas https://www.agfc.com/en/hunting/ Be safe out there!!!.

LOViT - An Overview of All Trail Segments

"Trail Segment" naming begins at the western end of the trail segment, except for the Avery Trailhead located at the easternmost terminus of the Trail. The trailhead name is synonymous with the parking area at the trailhead. In the table, we provide the GPS coordinates of the named trailhead. For example, the "Joplin" trail segment's trailhead is located at (34°32′38.8″N, 93°26′41.2″W) and runs generally west to east to the Hickory Nut Mountain trailhead.


Trail SegmentTrailheadLengthDifficultyHandicapped AccessibleComments and Nearest Accommodations
Watchable Wildlife(34°32′37.2″N,
93°28′20.6″W)
1.25 mile loopEasyYesAccommodations: Ouachita Shores Resort,
Shangri-La Resort, Mountain Harbor Resort,
The Joplin Inn at Mountain Harbor, Tompkins Bend Campground near Shangri La Resort, Denby Bay near Ouachita Shores Resort, and Joplin Campground near Mountain Harbor Resort
Denby Bay(34°32′45.9″N,
93°28′51.3″W)
3 miles to Homestead, 5 miles to Tompkins BendEasy to ModerateNoAccommodations: Ouachita Shores Resort,
Tompkins Bend Campground,
Shangri-La Resort
Homestead(34°33′40.2″N,
93°28;′22.7″W)
2 miles to Tompkins BendEasyNoAccommodations: Tompkins Bend Campground,
Shangri-La Resort
Tompkins Bend Campground(34°34d′6″ N 93°28′14″ W)This is a short 0.25 mile spur from inside the Thompkins Bend Campground, joining the LOViT 0.25 mile west of the Tompkins Bend TrailheadEasyNoAccommodations: Tompkins Bend Campground,
Shangri-La Resort
Tompkins Bend(34°34′6.3″N,
93°28′14.96″W)
5 miles to the Joplin TrailheadModerateNoAccommodations: Tompkins Bend Campground,
Shangri-La Resort
Joplin(34°32′38.8″N,
93°26′41.2″W)
4 miles to the Hickory Nut Mountain TrailheadStrenuousNoAccommodations: Joplin Campgrounds,
Mountain Harbor Resort,
The Joplin Inn at Mountain Harbor,
Lake Ouachita Rentals,
Lake Ouachita Vacation Realty (LOVR)
Hickory Nut Mountain(34°33′43.2″N,
93°25′20.7″W)
3.2 miles to the Forest Service Road 47A TrailheadStrenuousNoAccommodations: Joplin Campgrounds,
Mountain Harbor Resort,
The Joplin Inn at Mountain Harbor,
Lake Ouachita Rentals
Forest Service Road 47A (FS47A)(34°32′51.9″N,
93°23′19.7″W)
2.2 miles by trail, or 1.9 miles by road, to the Pipe Spring TrailheadEasy to ModerateNoNo accommodations immediately near the trailhead.
Pipe Spring(34°31′55″ N, 93°22′1″ W)1.9 miles to the Crystal Springs Pavilion TrailheadEasyNoCombines with the Charlton Trail.
No accommodations immediately near the trailhead.
Crystal Springs(34°32′28.9″N 93°21′05.5″W)1 mile to the parking lot at the Crystal Springs Road Crossing.
3.5 miles to Little Bear Creek between Little Bear Mountain and Bear Mountain.
10 miles from the Crystal Springs road crossing to the Brady Mountain Road Trailhead.
Easy from the Crystal Springs Pavilion to the Crystal Springs road crossing. Moderate to Strenuous across Little Bear Mountain. Strenuous from Little Bear Creek to Brady Mountain Road.NoThis Trail segment Is the longest, beginning at the Pavilion at Crystal Springs, crossing Little Bear and Bear Mountains, and terminating on Brady Mountain Road to the east.

Accommodations: Crystal Springs Campgrounds,
Crystal Springs Resort, Brady Mountain Resort, Brady Mountain Recreation Area and Campground
Crystal Springs Road Crossing(34°32′10″ N, 93°20′24″ W)1 mile from the Crystal Springs Pavilion to the Crystal Springs Road Crossing. 10 miles from Crystal Springs Road to Brady Mountain Road.Strenuous. No water east of Little Bear Creek.NoAccommodations: Crystal Springs Campgrounds,
Crystal Springs Resort, Brady Mountain Resort, Brady Mountain Recreation Area and Campground
Brady Mountain Road(34°33′31″ N, 93°15′37″ W)6.8 milies from Brady Mountain Road to the easternmost terminus of the LOViT at the Avery Recreation area at Blakely Mountain Dam. Just under 4 miles from Brady Mountain Road to Spillway. Moderate to StrenuousNoAccommodations: Crystal Springs Campgrounds,
Crystal Springs Resort, Brady Mountain Resort, Brady Mountain Recreation Area and Campground, Echo Canyon Marina and Resort
Avery Recreation Area at Blakely Mountain Dam(34°34′4″ N 93°11′35″ WThis is the easternmost terminus of the LOViT. 1.1 miles back to the Blakely Mountain Dam overlook. 2.9 miles from Avery to Spillway Road.Easy to Moderate from this point back to the Blakely Mountain Dam overlook. Moderate to Spillway.NoAccommodations: Echo Canyon Marina and Resort, Camping at the Stephens Recreation Area at Blakely Mountain Dam

Maps of The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail

End-to-End Map (December 2014, 2 pages, about 3.1 MB)

Click here to download a copy of the December, 2014, LOViT map (About 3.1 MB)

Segment Maps (December 2014, about 2 MB each)