Lake Ouachita Vista Trail for Hiking and
The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail follows the Lake Ouachita shoreline as much as possible crossing over the mountains where
you have a scenic view of the lake.
If you would like to assist the trail builders you can volunteer by e-mailing Jerry Shields at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jerry Shields is a volunteer with the Lake Ouachita Citizens Focus Committee
was named the 2007 Arkansas Trails Volunteer of the Year.
The open segment of the trail begins at
Denby Bay and follows the hilly shoreline
for approximately five
miles where it terminates at the entrance to the Corp of Engineers
Thompkins Bend Campground.
Lake Ouachita Vista Trail is marked by White Rectangles.
The trail dips into hollows covered in old growth high canopies trees
combined with high vistas of Lake Ouachita.
You'll see "Hush Hollow" a moss and fern lined hollow,
the "Coon Tree Hotel" an old growth Oak Tree that Raccoons
love to sleep in
or look for the "Squirrel Head Tree".
Plans call for the trail to extend 40 miles along
the shores of Lake Ouachita, linking up with the Charlton trail.
Along the trail will be pits left by quartz speculators and the remains of a moonshiner’s still in evidence of the area’s history.
The Lake Ouachita Vista Trail was started, thanks to cooperation by the:
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission,
Lake Ouachita citizen committee
U.S. Forest Service
The Forest Service supplied the tools for volunteer of the five groups to help a work crew from the
National Student Conservation Association to create a handicapped-accessible fishing pier and a short paved trail in the Denby recreation area.
There will have to be built two bridges over gullies on the LOVT, which may have to be built with volunteer workers.
The Game and Fish has yet to budget $100,000 a year for 3 years to complete the Wilderness and Education section of the trail for handicapped, board
walk and interpretive signs.
The Corp is still on track to build the trail and if year end funds become available, comfort station.
Metal plates will be placed on benches for a $500.00 donation. The plates will only cost about $150.00 and the rest of the
donation will go for the construction of the trails.
Jerry Shields a member of the Lake Ouachita Citizen Focus Committee
Friends of the Ouachita Trail
to help out in construction.
The trail is expected to take at least five years to complete.
Trails Volunteer of the Year
HOT SPRINGS, AR--
Jerry Shields, volunteer with the
Lake Ouachita Citizens Focus Committee has been named the 2007 Arkansas
Trails Volunteer of the Year. The announcement was made June 2nd as part of
the Ouachita National Forest’s Centennial National Trails Day Celebration at
Albert Pike Recreation Area.
Nominated by Tom Ledbetter, Recreation Technician for the Forest, Shields
was honored for his efforts in spearheading the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail.
According to Ledbetter, “Beginning in 2002, Jerry has spent countless hours
planning routes, securing funding, and promoting this trail system. He also
works tirelessly building trail. In the last 7 months alone, Jerry has
worked 315 hours constructing trail and 282 hours on off-trail activities
for a total of 597 hours. In addition to his personal contribution, he has
coordinated the efforts of 26 volunteers for 902 hours of trail work in the
last 7 months. His drive and dedication as a champion for the Lake Ouachita
Vista Trail are truly amazing.”
Shields serves on the
Lake Ouachita Citizens Focus Committee, a 15-member panel that advises
the Corps of Engineers on management of the area resources. Currently, he is
the Chairman of the Lake Ouachita Vista Trail project. He formed a group of
volunteers (Trail Dogs) to maintain the existing sections of the Lake
Ouachita Vista Trail. He has fostered partnerships with groups, including
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, U.S. Forest Service, Arkansas Game and Fish
Commission, Arkansas Parks and Tourism, Mount Ida Chamber of Commerce,
Montgomery County Health Advisory Board, Lake Ouachita Resort Owners
Association, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department, and many
“Jerry is an expert at bringing people, community organizations, and public
agencies together to accomplish a common goal,” stated Tim Oosterhous,
Forest Recreation Manager.
The Arkansas Trails Council is an advisory body of volunteers open to all
state and federal agencies, local governments, public and private utility
companies, private land owners, and trail users with an interest in or
potential for trail development.
Lake Ouachita Vista Trail System