New Section of LOViT Open

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Zoie Clift

A new leg of the Lake
Ouachita Vista Trail, or as it is affectionately known by it’s acronym- the
LOViT- is now open.

The trail is being
created with a specific goal in mind: as a means for people to enjoy the beauty
of Lake Ouachita without being in or on the water. Around 23 miles are
currently open. The new section ties to the old Charlton Trail. When completed,
the route will include around 40 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails
along the shores of the lake.

LOViT, which is being
built in stages, is a joint effort of many groups in the area to link the
resorts and campgrounds around the lake together via a trail system. It
meanders through the Ouachita National Forest with spurs providing lake vistas
and a more challenging hike up to the top of Hickory Nut Mountain for a view of
the lake. Five phases of the trail are now complete. The construction of LOViT
is being developed via a collaborative effort between volunteers and the U.S.
Army Corps of Engineers and U.S. Forest Service. For more about the trail,
click here. 

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