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.


We would like to remind everyone that modern gun deer season opens on November 14, 2020, and continues through December 6 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, 2020. Note also these deer hunting dates: Archery - Sept. 26, 2020, through Feb. 28, 2021; Muzzleloader - Oct. 17-25 and Dec. 12-14, 2020; Youth modern gun hunt - Nov. 7-8, 2020, and Jan. 2-3, 2021. 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 Be safe out there!!!.

The LOViT Traildogs

Hard-working Traildogs!

Hard-working Traildogs!

The "Traildogs" organization was established in the fall of 2005 as a group of volunteers dedicated to the construction and maintenance of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT). The organization consists of approximately thirty volunteers who provide support to the US Forest Service and Corps of Engineers in the design, planning, and construction of the Vista trail.

There are no meetings to attend and no dues. The Traildogs are notified through email of the planned workdays and join the construction teams as their schedules permit.

Activities include:

  1. initial layout and flagging of each new segment of the trail
  2. assistance in the actual construction of the trail
  3. installing benches and signs along the trail
  4. marking the trail with signs and blazing
  5. ongoing trail maintenance as needed

Traildogs on New Segment 1 Bridge

Traildogs enjoy the new bridge on Segment 1 near the Tompkins Bend Trailhead.

Traildog shirts are awarded to each participant at the completion of each new segment of the trail. A minimum of five work hours are required.

To join the group, please send us your name, address, phone number and email address by None of your contact information will be shared with anyone else without your permission.

Recent and Past Traildog Activities