Parks, Ponds & Picnics
- Russ Park
With two large fishing spots, historic Russ Park, located on Main Post near McDonald Village, is a popular recreation destination for Fort Benning families. During the installation's early days, Russ Pool drew crowds from all across the Chattahoochee Valley. Back then, it was one of the area’s most popular swimming areas. Today, swimming is no longer permitted at the "pool," which has been converted into a fishing spot right next to the original Russ Pond. Although fishing in Russ Pool and Pond is reserved for children 15 and younger, they'll likely need a little help from Mom or Dad. The park is the site of our free Family Fishing Night, scheduled monthly during warmer weather. These will be posted on our website calendar.
There are playgrounds on either side of Russ Pool, shaded gazebos, a nine-hole, par-3 disc golf course, a fitness trail that's nearly a mile long, and two pavilions available for use by reservation.
Building 300 is an open pavilion with picnic tables that accommodate up to 30 people. It is well-lit, with restrooms, electricity and water, a large charcoal grill and a fireplace.
Building M6785 overlooks Russ Pool, with picnic seating for up to 80 people and a charcoal grill on each side of the structure.
- King's Pond
King's Pond, located near Harmony Church, is the only area on the installation where primitive camping is permitted free of charge. Reservations are not required, except when MWR events are scheduled.
You'll find charcoal grills, fire pits, a playground, restrooms, primitive camping sites, 3 fishing piers and a boat launch onsite. The pond is a favorite fishing spot, with plenty of bass, bluegill, catfish, crappie and sunfish. No combustion-type motors are permitted, except to unload and trailer your boat.
Watch for bald eagles, great blue herons, red-cockaded woodpeckers, cormorants, gators, turtles, geese, and more. This park is the site of one of our most popular activities — the King's Pond Campout — scheduled regularly during warm weather. The events often include music, games, boating and stories around the campfire. There is a pavilion with picnic seating for up to 32 people. A large charcoal grill, a playground and restrooms are located nearby.
- Follow Me Fitness Trail
This gravel trail is a 2-mile loop with a 1-mile shortcut that weaves through a large wooded area on Main Post. Enter from 1st Division Road near the Dixie Road intersection.
With eight fitness stations and 15 exercise challenges, this trail is for running and walking. Plan carefully to avoid being on the Follow Me Trail after dark.
- Bike and Pedestrian Recreation Trails
- Twilight Pond
Twilight Pond Recreation Area is the perfect place to schedule your next unit activity or party. Located near Kelley Hill, the pond is easily accessible by dirt road.
Although swimming is not permitted, an abundance of bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie makes Twilight Pond ideal for fishing. Launch your boat on the ramp and catch your lunch, then cook it on one of the charcoal grills located around the pond. There is a 40' x 80′ pavilion with picnic seating for 120 people.
- Weems and Victory Ponds
Victory Pond is located near Harmony Church. Take Eighth Division Road past the Armor School area. The pond will be on the right. This pond is great for bass, brim, catfish and crappie fishing. Victory Pond is frequently used for training Soldiers, so please be mindful and avoid this area during exercises.
To get to Weems Pond, take 8th Division to Jamestown Road, turn right and follow it for approximately 4.5 miles. The pond is on the left. Please note that fishing is not permitted at Weems Pond at this time.
Campsites are available. Call +1(706) 545-7978 for more information.
- Dog Parks
We have two dog parks, one on the corner of Edwards and Carpenter streets on Main Post, and another at the Youth Sports Complex (Blue and French Fields) on 1st Division Road.
These parks are managed by Outdoor Recreation and include agility playground equipment. Spaces are divided into two areas, one for dogs up to 25 pounds and one for large dogs.Guests are legally responsible for their dog's behavior.
Pet owners must:
- clean up after their dogs immediately and monitor their behavior
- Wear shoes at all times
- have no more than two dogs per adult per visit
- stay with their dogs
- prevent digging
All dogs must be:
- registered at Vet Services and have shot records on file there (call 706-545-4444)
- wearing a collar with a current rabies tag
- at least 6 months old
- off-leash in the park and leashed upon exiting
- under voice control of owner at all times
- accompanied by an adult, 18 or older
We do not allow:
- Puppies younger than 4 months
- Dogs in heat
- Aggressive dogs
- Sick dogs
- Food of any kind for animals or people
- glass containers
- Pit bulls, Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, Dobermans, Chows, Presa Canarios, or mixes of these breeds
- Paintball Parks
Fort Benning has two paintball fields, one on Dublinsky Street, near Soldiers Plaza, and another located within the Uchee Creek Campground, near the Youth Camp. Our woodlands paintball fields are open for play year-round on a first-come, first-serve basis at no charge.
Eye protection is required. Markers must be chronographed to a velocity of 285 fps or slower. Paintball supplies are available for purchase or rent at Outdoor Recreation.
- Disc Golf
Try your hand at our nine-hole disc golf course on the banks of the Russ Park Recreation Area. Our par-3 course is perfect for beginners and enthusiasts of all ages. Play the course backward for a greater challenge, but try not to sacrifice your disc to the pond! Outdoor Recreation hosts annual tournaments and clinics for beginners.
- Uchee Creek
Nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee River is Fort Benning’s Uchee Creek Campground and Marina. The 385 acre park has 85 RV sites, 39 cabins, 15 chalets, tent sites, numerous recreation areas, rental facilities and a wealth of outdoor activities. It's only minutes from Fort Benning’s Main Post but — worlds away! Click here for more information.
There are a number of recreational areas on Fort Benning that offer a variety of amenities. To reserve a pavilion or gazebo, call 1+(706) 545-7978.
Purchase a fishing permit and rent equipment for camping, boating, and outdoor recreation of all kinds at Outdoor Recreation, Building 1707 on Gillespie Street.