Embedded in the heart of Mt. Ida, Arkansas, the LOViT (Lake Ouachita Vista Trail) spans a staggering 48 miles of predominantly singletrack trail. Running intimately along the shoreline of Ouachita, the LOViT trail presents an enticing mix of terrains — from enchanting vistas to the challenges of steep climbs.
- Distance: 48 mi
- Level: Difficult
- Route Type: Point to point
- Predominantly singletrack, with short sections of road to maintain connectivity.
- Offers stunning views of Lake Ouachita, mountains, and diverse wildlife.
- Features a range of terrains from flowy tracks, technical areas, steep climbs, to fast descents.
Based on various rider experiences, the following insights have been gathered:
- The sections from Crystal Springs to Blakely Dam pose a notable challenge. Steep inclines demand not just good tires, but also strong legs. Riding during the summer may introduce an additional challenge — spiders.
- The Brady-Crystal-Brady segment is notorious for its steepness and technicality. Yet, it promises a sense of achievement post completion. Particularly, the ride during late November 2016 was described as an 'epic ride' and a 'good workout'.
- Starting at Denby, riders can anticipate some short but challenging climbs leading to Tompkins. Fortunately, the ensuing 5 miles on the peninsula offers a more forgiving terrain. This section can be looped for those seeking a less demanding experience.
- Avery to Brady is another segment to watch out for. Steep sections dotted with grapefruit-sized rocks make for a thrilling ride.
- The trail delivers a genuine cross-country vibe, especially on an out & back route from the dam trailhead. Although some old logging roads may not offer the most engaging rides, the singletracks compensate with their exhilarating twists and turns.
- LOViT's section 3 (Crystal Springs) is now ready for riders. Post reaching the CR47/47A intersection, the extended trail can be accessed by heading east on CR47 for about 0.1 mile.
- In terms of wildlife, encounters with turkey and deer are more common than with fellow humans. Certain parts of the trail, especially those on the north side of Bear, may not be as imaginative in design. But overall, the LOViT trail has been rated highly by most cyclists.
For precise directions, cyclists are advised to refer to Google Maps.
The LOViT trail is an amalgamation of challenges and natural beauty. The sense of accomplishment post-ride, especially given the trail's "DIAMOND" rating for sections like Hickory Nut, makes it a sought-after destination for cyclists. Those visiting Arkansas, especially Mt. Ida, should undoubtedly consider riding the LOViT, not just for its challenges, but also for the memories it promises to create.