IMBA EPIC Ride - Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, Arkansas

Lake Ouachita Vista Trail, Arkansas


Built over the last 10-15 years on land owned and managed by both Corps of Engineers and the US Forest Service, the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail (LOViT) covers 40 plus miles of shoreline and ridgetop riding. A favorite for both mountain bikers and distance runners alike.

Dogs: Off-leash


You can start this trail from 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 some tough climbs to the top of Hickory Nut Mountain, from where riders will be rewarded with breathtaking views of Lake Ouachita and the Ouachita Mountains. The eastern section is dominated by a long ridge ride with more spectacular views. Yep, it's not called the 'Vista' trail for nothing!

Food and drink

You will need to bring your own food and water for this one.

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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.

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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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