The seasons are important guideposts to the recreation and cultural life in Lincoln Parish, home to both Louisiana Tech and Grambling State universities. The schools' calendars of sporting contests draw visitors from around the region, while campus resources like the Idea Place children's museum at Louisiana Tech are open to the public. Prime peach season in June means it's time for the Louisiana Peach Festival, a tradition in Ruston that has grown into one of the area's premier events. In Dubach, the James Lake Birding Trail offers nature enthusiasts a chance to see four seasonal varieties of their feathered friends. Downtown Ruston is a pedestrian-friendly hub of shops, restaurants and venues all year-round. Not far from the city lights, Lincoln Parish Park features a 10-mile trail ranked among the best spots in the South for mountain biking; it can also lay claim to numerous camping sites and a bass-filled lake.