Drive along Interstate 20 between Shreveport and Monroe in northern Louisiana and you’ll encounter a destination with stylish boutiques, a lively historic downtown, a thriving arts scene, live music, a tranquil lake, and nature trails to explore. College stadiums roar with cheers, cocktail glasses clink at chef tables, and sweet peaches are plucked from their orchards. Visit Ruston and Lincoln Parish, home to Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, to make your next vacation truly your own.
Experience the enticing outdoor recreation this region boasts at nearby state parks: Jimmie Davis State Park, Lake Claiborne State Park, and Lake D’Arbonne State Park—all within 30 miles of Lincoln Parish. Spend a blissful day on Lincoln Parish Park’s 10-mile mountain bike trail—rated one of the best in the country—and then head to the sandy beaches of its lake for some kayaking and fishing. Search for winged wonders along the James Lake Birding Trail in Dubach, north of Ruston in Lincoln Parish. Go off the beaten path at Ruston’s Rock Island Greenway, a linear park designed for you to walk, run, or cycle.
For local bites, live entertainment, and some socializing, downtown Ruston is where you’ll want to go. Browse for everything from designer jeans to luxury bedding in one of the many fashionable boutiques in Ruston. In the spring, these shops join together to host Ruston Fashion Week, a weeklong event with fashion shows, demonstrations, and steep sales. Check out local art at Ruston Artisans and buy locally-produced vegetables, fruits, and meats at the Ruston Farmers Market (spring through fall). Downtown Ruston restaurants serve up big flavor in plates that range from crawfish étouffée and muffulettas to sushi and local beer.
If you’re on the hunt for live entertainment in Ruston and Lincoln Parish, you won’t have to look far. Downtown’s Railroad Park frequently hosts live music events and The Revelry has bands play on a regular basis for you to dance the night away (Thursday through Saturday). Look for the neon glow of the Dixie Center for the Arts sign downtown for a list of upcoming productions at this 1928 restored silent film theater. Louisiana Tech University’s music and theater departments and Grambling State University’s Floyd L. Sandle Theatre performances are also open to the public.
North Louisiana Military Museum. Through its displays of arms and artifacts from the Spanish-American War through Desert Storm, the museum chronicles more than 150 years of military history. Get an up-close look at the impressive display of weapons, as well as personal diaries, flight jackets, Bibles, and more. Then discover the stories of one of one of the greatest college football coaches ever at the Eddie G. Robinson Museum. Robinson coached the Grambling State University football team from 1941 through 1997, a tenure that saw him record 408 wins, an NCAA Division I record. Learn about Robinson's life through exhibits of photos, testimonials from players, and more.To get to know some local history, stop by the
There’s even fun for the whole family in Ruston and Lincoln Parish. Get an adrenaline ride at Soaring Spirits Ziplines and burn off whatever energy you have left at 2High Trampoline Park. Work together to solve the mystery at the I-20 Escape room before time runs out! Challenge yourselves at the Outdoor Wilderness Learning (OWL) Center’s ropes course and chase each other at Ultra Zone Paintball.
Plan your visit around the many events in Ruston and Lincoln Parish—like the Louisiana Peach Festival—to experience the culture of this region first-hand. Come discover this northern Louisiana destination for yourself!