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Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (The LOViT)

Hot Springs, Arkansas

The Lake Ouachita Vitsta Trail (LOViT) is a well-designed and well-built trail on 90 percent singletrack through old growth, mixed species forest. It offers riders multiple challenges and rewards as it traverses deep verdant valleys and five different mountains, while crossing multiple steams and creeks. Two of these streams utilize innovative, large boulder crossings that offer technical challenge for riders.

The first 10 miles are rolling, moderately challenging tread designed for all skill groups from beginners to competitors. The final 35 miles challenge the best and reward all with great ascents and thrilling descents. Each section has its own character that constantly pushes riders to stay on the trail while offering a constantly changing riding environment.

The trail challenges with it’s multiple, steep switchbacks both ascending and descending the mountains. The LOViT rolls through a designated Roadless National Forest known for its variety of wildlife species from wild turkey to black bear, and a wide variety of forest plant life. Finally, this ride offers multiple elevated views of Lake Ouachita’s crystal-clear waters, all nestled in the Ouachita National Forest. A ride on the LOViT is a riders dream in any season.

Ride Time: 7-8 hours

Access and Lodging: The trail’s easy accessibility includes thirteen trailheads with parking along its 45-mile route. Also available are nine campgrounds and six lakeside resorts for riders planning extended stays or bike packing trips.

Driving Directions to West Trailhead: Drive east approximately 11 miles from Mount Ida, AR, on US 270 to Shangri La Road. Turn left go one block. Turn left onto Old Highway 270. Go one mile road ends at trailhead.

Driving Directions to East Trailhead: Drive west from Hot Springs, AR, on US 270 to Arkansas Highway 227 N. Turn right and go 6 miles to Blakely Mt. Dam Road. Turn left and go three miles to the Avery Recreation Area access road on left. Turn left and go one block to trailhead on right.