Pushing Pedals in Louisiana: Three Mountain Biking Trails Between Ruston and Shreveport

Triathletes compete in the Xterra Epic-Rustman competition at Lincoln Parish Park which is located just north of Ruston, Louisiana. Athletes compete in a 1 mile swim, 31 mile mountain bike ride and a 10 mile run.

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Triathletes compete in the Xterra Epic-Rustman competition at Lincoln Parish Park which is located just north of Ruston, Louisiana. Athletes compete in a one-mile swim, 31-mile mountain bike ride and a 10-mile run.

Home to Louisiana Tech University, with Grambling State University located nearby, the community of Ruston has a quaint college-town vibe. The area is well-known as a mountain biker’s haven with events such as the Piney Hills Classic drawing crowds from throughout the state and beyond. Lincoln Parish Park, where the event is held, is the crown jewel of Ruston, but many other trails exist in the region.

If you’re visiting, new to town or are looking into giving the sport a try, we’ve got three trails to get you pushing pedals for miles! The area boasts trails for beginner and advanced riders alike. Many of the parks double as hiking destinations, so if there is someone with you looking to take a hike, make sure you bring them along.

Lincoln Parish Park
If you’ve only got time for one trail while in Ruston, this is it. With 10 miles of roots, rocks, switchbacks and flowy singletrack you won’t have to wonder why this was named one of America’s best mountain bike trails. If you’re looking for a little friendly competition, make sure you keep your eyes open for the annual Piney Hills Classic.
Things to note:
– Closed during rain and a few days after
– Camping nearby
– Full loop – 10 Miles
– Intermediate

Sugar Cane Trail
Located in the Kisatchie National Forest, this scenic tour takes you around Caney Lake for 6.5 miles and travels across mostly beginner terrain. This expansive forest land gives bikers the option to connect from Sugar Cane to other trails ranging from half-mile jaunts to 30 mile tours. For a more secluded ride, choose the loop around Upper Caney Lake as the lower lake can attract more hikers and boaters. Expect to see a diverse mix of landscapes including creek crossings, endless pine trees and lily pad groves.  
Things to note:
– Fee Area
– Boating and hiking nearby
– Beginner
– Full loop – 6.5 miles 

Lincoln Parish Park

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Lake Bistineau State Park Trail 
This trail weaves through Lake Bistineau State Park for 10 miles and gives beginners the opportunity to get a sense for biking in the area. The trail is a mix between singletrack and roads and only has one section of intermediate terrain. Riders can expect a  mixture of landscapes including groves of cypress, tupelo trees and open waters.
Things to note:
– Very muddy after rain
– Full loop – 10.0 miles
– Beginner/Intermediate
– Ability to exit trail before ten-mile loop is complete

If you’re looking for a splash of adventure while visiting Louisiana, the Ruston area will keep you and your bike busy for days. The diverse landscapes throughout this part of the state will give you an appreciation for the state’s outdoor offerings and will keep you coming back time and time again.

If you’re planning a trip down south, here are a few resources to get you started:
MTB Project
Louisiana Travel
 Single Tracks