- Parks, Ponds & Trails Fort Benning
Parks, Ponds & Trails Fort Benning
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.
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.
Directions to Russ Pond/Pool (Includes Disc Golf Course)
From Outdoor Recreation, go left out of the parking lot onto Gillespie Street. At the stop sign, go right on Marchant Street. At the stop sign, go left on Ingersoll Street and follow through two intersections, at Wold and Vibbert avenues. Go right on Vogel Avenue and follow it around the circle and to the end, where you'll find Russ Pond.
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, take the Custer Road exit and turn right. Follow Custer to the traffic light and go left on Fort Benning Road. At the next intersection, take a right onto 10th Division Road. The first left will take you directly to Russ Pond.
Entering Fort Benning from Benning Road ACP, follow Fort Benning Road through the traffic light and turn right at the next intersection, 10th Division Road. The first left takes you directly to Russ 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 on-site. The pond is a favorite fishing spot, with plenty of basses, 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.
MWR maintains three playgrounds on Fort Benning. Two of these playgrounds are located on the main post and completed renovations in October 2020. Both of our updated playgrounds include a new base material and rubber mulch made from 100% recyclable tires.
Russ Pond on the main post has two play areas -- one near the parking lot area and the second one across the pond. The playground closest to the parking lot recently doubled in size with our newest updates and features a 9 ft. slither slide. Russ Pond playground also has play cubes and a rock climbing wall for kids to enjoy. Parents can enjoy the pond views on our shaded bench while monitoring their children at play.
The playground located on Zuckerman Avenue is the biggest playground MWR Fort Benning maintains. The well-loved play place is wheelchair accessible and includes the whirl and merry-go-round which can actually fit a wheelchair inside. This playground's newest additions include a branch-out canopy, musical toys, a variety of climbing and crawling areas, as well as swing sets and slides. Conveniently located next to one of the MWR Dog Parks, parents can take the little ones and four-legged love ones for an afternoon of fun all-in-one place! More pictures of our playgrounds can be found on our Facebook page here -- connect with us! (hyperlink Facebook URL)
The third playground is located at King's Pond near Harmony Church. It is the perfect place to let the children burn off some energy before or after enjoying the pond. To access the playground, enter Fort Benning through the 8th Division ACP. Take a left at the light onto 8th Division Road and take a left on Hourglass Road. Follow the road for approximately one mile and bear a right onto the tank trail, which will lead to King's 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.
Directions to Twilight Pond
From Outdoor Recreation, take a right out of the parking lot onto Gillespie Street. At the stop sign, go left on Burr Avenue. At the stop sign, go right on Ingersoll Street. At stoplight, go left on Dixie Road and continue approximately 5 miles, bearing right onto 1st Division Road. Follow this road for approximately 1.5 miles. Go left onto the tank trail at Dickman Field and follow to the bottom of the hill. Twilight Pond will be on your left.
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 miles. Bear left on 1st Division Road and follow this road for approximately 1.5 miles. Go left onto the tank trail at Dickman Field and follow to the bottom of the hill. Twilight Pond will be on your left.
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, bream, 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.
Campsites are available. Call +1(706) 545-7978 for more information.
Directions to Victory Pond
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 miles. Bear left on 1st Division Rd. and follow for approximately 3 miles, bearing right on 8th Division Road. Follow the 8th Division past the Armor School area, and the pond will be on the right.
Entering Fort Benning from 8th Division ACP, take a left at lights onto 8th Division Road. Follow 8th Division past the Armor School area, and the pond will be on the right.
Directions to Weems Pond
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 miles. Bear left on 1st Division Road and follow for approximately 3 miles, bearing right on 8th Division Road. Follow the 8th Division approximately 1.3 miles. Turn right on Jamestown Road and follow it for approximately 4.5 miles where Weems Pond will be on your left-hand side.
Entering Fort Benning from 8th Division ACP, take a right the light onto 8th Division Road. Turn left on Jamestown Road and follow it for approximately 4.5 miles where Weems Pond will be on your left-hand side.
Cambell King Horse Bowl
The Campbell King Horse Show Bowl was built in 1930 and operated primarily through the 1930s and ‘40s when horse sportsmanship was popular. It is built adjacent to the old Infantry School corrals and stables in an area with folding terrain that accommodates raised seating on opposite sides of a central arena. The defining features are the stone walls that form the central arena and the terraced seating.
During the height of its use, there were regular competitions of horse jumping, riding, for all ages and skill levels. It was also used for Easter Sunrise services, in which thousands would attend. The era of the Army horse died at Fort Benning in 1947 when the government horses were auctioned off. Only privately owned horses remained, so use was greatly reduced. Eventually, the Bowl fell into disuse, with only sporadic attempts to revive. It is now undergoing a major renovation to restore it and adds modern conveniences. It was named after Brigadier General Campbell King, an early Fort Benning Commander who was an avid horseman.
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 miles. Take a slight right on Dixie Road. After 2 miles, turn right at traffic light onto Ingersoll Street. Continue straight for ½ mi, make left onto Marchant Street. Continue straight on Marchant for .77 miles. When you come up to roundabout, make a right onto Anderson Street. Continue straight for 1 mi, once you pass the water tower, Campbell king will be on your left.
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
Dog Park 1
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 mi. Take a slight right on Dixie Road. Continue on Dixie Road for 1.7 miles. Take a right at Edwards Street. The Dog Park will be on the right, .4 miles ahead, at the intersection of Carpenter Street.
Dog Park 2
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 mi. Take a slight right on Dixie Road. After 1 mi, turn right on 1st Division Road. Pass the golf course and take your second left onto Zuckerman Avenue. The Dog Park will be on your left.
Fort Benning has two paintball fields, one on Dubinsky 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.
Directions to Paintball Field 1 (Woodland Park)
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 mi. Take a slight right on Dixie Road. Continue onto Dixie Road for.9 miles. Turn right on Dubinsky Street at the stoplight. Less than .1 mi ahead the field will be on your right.
Directions to Paintball Field 2 (Uchee Creek)
Entering Fort Benning from 1-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 mi. Take a slight right on Dixie Road. Continue on Dixie Road for 2.8 miles. Take a left on Sight Seeing Road and continue for 1.6 miles. At the stop sign take a right on Sunshine Road. Proceed through ACP. At the three-way Intersection, take a left onto 101st Airborne Division Road. After 1.7 mi, take a left onto Uchee Creek Road. Following the brown directional signs, the Field will be on the right.
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.
You can also test your skills at our Patton Recreation Area with an 18-hole course. See the Patton Recreation Area tab below for complete details of the course.
Entering Fort Benning from I-185 ACP, continue straight on Lindsey Creek Pkwy for 3 mi. Take a slight right on Dixie Road. After 1 mi, turn right on 1st Division Road (towards Fort Benning Golf Course). Less than .1 miles on your right you will see the entrance to the Follow Me fitness Trail.