Located in North Louisiana, Ruston & Lincoln Parish is known for its lively college-town atmosphere, 21-block historic downtown district, thriving arts culture, scenic outdoor attractions, and the Louisiana Peach Festival. The area is home to Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, and offers a variety of shopping opportunities, culinary experiences, and outdoor adventures.
Outdoor enthusiasts from across the country flock to Lincoln Parish Park, where its top-rated mountain bike trails offer excitement for both advanced riders and beginners. The park also features RV and primitive camping sites, a walking trail that winds around a serene lake, and free Wi-Fi. Fishing, kayaking, and canoeing are all welcome in this hidden gem of a park. Another outdoor paradise in the area is James Lake Birding Trail, one of Louisiana’s best places to spy a variety of birds. The lake also features pavilions, an RV park, playground, and amphitheater. Lincoln Parish is also just miles away from both Lake Claiborne and Lake D’Arbonne State Parks, which offer water activities, picnicking, camping, cabins, trails, playgrounds, and more.
After you experience the great outdoors, head to Ruston’s 21-block historic downtown for flavorful eats, unique shopping, and public art displays. Must-visit shops include Garden Baby, Chartreuse Pear, the Fashion of Ruston, and Cotton Top Print Shop. For all the foodies out there, you can’t go wrong at Heard Freighthouse Food Park, Utility Brewing, or RAW Restaurant. If you’re looking for a cocktail with a side of live music, then Sundown Tavern is your place. And don’t forget to stop for a photo opp at one of the many colorful murals in the downtown area! There’s so much charm and culture to be discovered in Downtown Ruston—you’ll just have to experience it for yourself.
Traveling with the entire family? We recommend an interactive art class at Ruston Artisans, horseback riding at Collins Natural Horsemanship, reaching for the stars at 2High Trampoline Park, or an action-packed afternoon at Ultrazone Paintball. All of these family-friendly attractions provide memorable experiences that everyone is sure to enjoy.
Local museums should also be added to the itinerary. Stop by the Louisiana Military Museum to relive 150 years of military history through the lives of heroes. The museum displays a massive collection of arms and artifacts, unique to the area, chronicling United States conflicts from the Spanish-American War to Desert Storm. The collection features an expansive weapons display, as well as personal items such as diaries, Bibles, and flight jackets. Another powerful museum experience can be had at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum located on the campus of Grambling State University. This museum celebrates college football’s “winningest” coach and recognizes the outstanding contributions he made to football and to the nation. Visitors to the museum can learn more about Robinson’s life through interactive exhibits, photos, testimonials from players, and more.
Accommodation options in the area include a number of hotels all within ten minutes of the universities, downtown Ruston, and local attractions. Lincoln Parish Park offers RV campgrounds with full hook-ups at each site and primitive camping areas with access to electricity and free WiFi.
For more information on attractions and accommodations in Ruston and Lincoln Parish, visit experienceruston.com.