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.