Located in North Louisiana, Ruston & Lincoln Parish is known for its bustling college-town atmosphere, 18-block historic downtown district, thriving arts culture, and the south’s sweet peaches. The area is home to Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University, and offers a variety of shopping opportunities, culinary experiences, and outdoor adventures.
Explore Ruston’s many arts and cultural events that add to the town’s energetic atmosphere. Get active in nationally-recognized Lincoln Parish Park or the multi-use sports complex. Enjoy live outdoor concerts in downtown Ruston, or visit a historical attractions like the Lincoln Parish Museum, Louisiana Military Museum and the Eddie G. Robinson Museum. With so much to enjoy all year long, it’s easy to discover why Ruston & Lincoln Parish is known as Louisiana’s College Town.
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.
Ruston-Lincoln Parish offers a variety of things to do especially with the family. Ruston’s historic downtown district is a must-visit location made of up a variety of specialty shops and boutiques, restaurants serving up delicious dishes, cultural events, and live music every weekend. Take in a show at the historic Dixie Theatre located in the heart of downtown Ruston. Performances range from plays and musicians, to concerts and comedians.
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.
Those seeking outdoor adventures of all kinds should visit Lincoln Parish Park. The park has something for everyone with a 30-acre lake for swimming, boating and fishing; a white, sandy beach; cozy picnic areas; winding walking paths surround the lake; and mountain bike trails. Inside the park is
Legacy Park, a boundless playground for children of all abilities. The barrier-free playground is handicap accessible and contains many unique features so that everyone has an opportunity to play. Also located in Lincoln Parish are James Lake Birding Trail, an outdoor paradise, for bird-watching enthusiasts, and the Rock Island Greenway, a shared-used linear park for walking and cycling.