Recreation in Ruston, LA

Property Manager with Martin Presence Group Brok.0995682636-ASA

As Spring is now upon us, everyone is looking for a reason to get out and do something active. Luckily, there are many different parks in Ruston to spend your days out of doors.


Ruston is working hard on expanding the amount of recreational activities available for the public. They are currently in the process of building the biggest improvement this town has seen. "Rock Island Greenway" is named after the railroad that used to run North and South through town (one of the largest parts of Ruston's founding). This will be the first recreational path of its kind in Ruston. The path will be shared to walkers, runners, dogs, rollerbladers, skateboarders, and cyclists and any thing else you could imagine, EXCEPT cars. It will be almost 6 miles across town connecting neighborhoods, businesses, educational institutions, and recreational amenities. The "Rock Island Greenway" will connect to the south side of Cook Park, another cool place in Ruston to get outside and get some exercise or picnic.

Surrounding Cook Park, there is a walking trail that has exercise machines every few yards so that walkers could choose to stop walking and do an exercise. Tons of kids come after school to play, and a lot of Louisiana Tech students love to come out between classes and walk their dogs on the paved path.  Cook Park has had some major improvements recently, such as the installation of a new multi-use trail which is mostly used for mountain biking, hiking, and trail running. Cook Park is located just North of the interstate on Kavanaugh Rd.

Ruston boasts of another a very beautiful park, Lincoln Parish Park. With a pond, beach, camping sights, walking path, hiking/mountain bike trails, and pavilions, the park is a great place for friends and family to come together outside and spend the day or the whole weekend. The beach employs a lifeguard, making it  perfect for bringing the kids out for a swim. LPP is ranked number 1 on multiple sites for best mountain biking trails in all of Louisiana and every fall, the park hosts one of the biggest mountain bike races in the surrounding states, where hundreds of racers come to compete. The park is located about 3 miles north of the interstate on Farmerville Highway.

Another best kept secret of Ruston is Huckleberry Park and Nature Trails. Your kids would love the park's playground and they will probably meet new dogs and their owners as you pass them on the trail. Along the trail are neat structures designed by architect students at Louisiana Tech. Also, there is a wide variety of trees planted along the trail. If you would like to have your name on a tree, you can pick out a location to plant one and leave a plaque at the base of your tree. How fun would it be to, years later, show your kids and grandkids where your roots were planted here in Ruston?

If you are from Ruston then it is the perfect time of the year to get out there and get active! If you do not live in Ruston, we can help you find a home in Ruston, or any of the surrounding cities.


Comments (12)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I was looking for your current blog. I hope all is going well for you.

Sep 10, 2017 05:38 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Corey, great post, and having parks and outdoor activities near homes is a huge plus for buyers.  Great post.

Sep 12, 2017 07:18 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Corey - You gave a very nice description of Ruston, LA.  Buyers will appreciate this.

Sep 12, 2017 11:23 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Lots of great opportunitues to get outside and enjoy nature in and around Ruston as well as meet with others whilst doing so.

Sep 28, 2017 01:21 PM
Rick Frissell
HomeXpress Realty - Valrico, FL
aka "The Red Baron of Real Estate"

Corey, that park blog reads great!  I bet there is more to photograph that can be done in a day.  Not sure how you have fared with the storm from yesterday, but hoping all is well.

Oct 08, 2017 09:33 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Corey Martin - Thanks to you, I learned a lot about Ruston. Before I got acquainted with you on AR I never heard of this city. It sounds like a fascinating city! 

Wishing you all the very best!

Oct 13, 2017 05:13 PM
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Informative post on recreation in Ruston Louisiana.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Dec 04, 2017 06:43 PM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

Great post on recreational activities in Ruston, LA, Corey! We are a huge 'sister city' of parks & rec too - we're a very outdoorsy city here in Charlotte too!

Jan 11, 2018 09:06 PM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good evening Corey Martin ,

I've never heard of Rustin, LA but you make it sound so inviting! Love the recreational activities offered. Thank you for sharing.

Jan 20, 2018 07:02 PM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I had to get a map out to find your town.  And I see you're not far from I 20,  my town is just half an hour south of it in central Georgia.  Sounds like a wonderful community.

Jan 26, 2018 08:53 PM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hey, Corey!  If you guys are flirting with spring, I am totally jealous!  It's still pretty chilly in my town!

Jan 30, 2018 02:11 PM
1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 116 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

I love the idea of exercise machines along the walking path!  I have never seen that done.

Apr 20, 2018 04:47 PM