Inexpensive summer activities abound in Lincoln Parish

By Jessi McIntosh

Summer is here, which means many people who live in Lincoln Parish will have an abundance of time to enjoy what this parish has to offer. Without breaking the bank, there are various ways to spend a day in Lincoln Parish.

Lincoln Parish is home to various different parks and the Rock Island Greenway. Lincoln Parish Park, located at 211 Parish Park Road, is filled with mountain bike trails, walking paths, covered pavilions, picnic tables, wildlife, a playground accessible to children of all abilities, a lake which connects to a sandy beach, campgrounds and an archery range.

The parish park opens daily from sunrise to sunset with a $3 admission per person. The beach will be open for swimming on Memorial Day but activities such as fishing and canoeing can be done year-round. Also, this park’s mountain bike trails are also known widley for being rated one of the best trails in America.

Garland Gregory Hideaway Park is open daily during daylight hours on the campus of Louisiana Tech University. This park is free of charge and has a walking trail, pavilions, an 18-hole frisbee golf course, and a seven-acre lake. There is also a low ropes course which is used primarily for team building activities or personal development.

Cook Park, located at 2800 Kavanaugh Road, is free to the public and open day-to-day from sunrise to sunset. Cook Park offers 28 acres of wooded and open areas including playgrounds, gazebos, pavilions, and a walking trail with exercise equipment that leads to the Rock Island Greenway.

Additionally, Rock Island Greenway is a linear open area that encourages activities and active transportation by bike and pedestrian paths. This greenway used to be a railroad and is now a running, walking, and bicycle path that will eventually run as long as six miles across the city connecting neighborhoods, institutions and businesses. Rock Island Greenway is open daily until sunset and is also free to the public.

In another venue, Mitcham Farms and Peach Orchard on 1007 Woods Road has been in the Ruston community for over 70 years and is Louisiana’s largest peach orchard. In the summer months the orchard offers fresh peaches along with peach products and treats.

Wednesdays through Saturdays the North Louisiana Military Museum is open, housing over 10,000 arms and artifacts, a display dedicated to Women in the Military, and uniforms from all branches of service. This museum is free to enjoy and open to the public.

Lastly, of course, June 4 is the 72nd annual Peach Festival. This event is free for everyone from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After 5 p.m. there will be a $10 entry fee for the evening concerts. 

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