IMBA EPIC Ride - Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, Arkansas

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, Arkansas


Start at either end or one of several trailheads in the middle. The western end is lower lands with rolling hills between Joplin and Denby. The middle includes tough climbs to the top of Hickory Nut Mountain where riders can take in breathtaking views of Lake Ouachita and the Ouachita Mountains. The eastern section is dominated by a long ridge ride with more beautiful views. 

Food and drink

The western section of the trail is in a dry county so bring your own bottle to make sure you have plenty enough water.

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Built over the last 10 or 15 years on both Corps of Engineers and US Forest Service land, the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) covers 40 plus miles of shoreline and ridge top tiding. A favorite for both mountain bikers and distance runners alike. 

Nearby are the towns of Mount Ida (home of the Womble Trail - IMBA EPIC) to the west and Hot Springs to the east. Various campgrounds and resorts dot the area near the trail giving visitors plenty of options to stay overnight. 

Dogs: Off-leash

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54.407 km / 33.807 mi

Total Distance

1,462 m / 4,796 ft

Total Ascent

1,494 m / 4,901 ft

Total Descent

396 m / 1,298 ft

Highest Point

Ride type:
Mountain biking
Road riding
Rail Trail
Difficulty: Advanced (Black)
Ride Duration: 1/2 day
Fitness Level: High
Shared Bike Path - Paved
Shared Bike Path - Dirt
On-Road Bike Lane
Off-Road - Fire Trail
Off-Road - Rail Trail
Off-Road - Single Track
Off-Road - Downhill
Gravel Road
Mobile Coverage: Limited
First Aid
Bike hire
Bike servicing
Accessible by bike
Accessible by car
Accessible by public transport
Accessible by shuttle
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