Outdoor Recreation programs provide opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors through an array of activities, including paintball, camping, backpacking, fishing, hunting and more. Our goal is to help Soldiers and family members acquire skills and develop interests that will last a lifetime. Events are posted at benning.armymwr.com, where you will find locations, times and contact details. Outdoor Rec, in Building 1707 on Gillespie Street, is open Monday through Saturday.
Parks and Ponds
There are a number of recreational areas on Fort Benning that offer a variety of amenities, including picnic areas, gazebos, primitive campgrounds and fishing ponds. To reserve a pavilion or gazebo, call 706-545-7978. Apply for a fishing permit and rent camping, boating and outdoor recreation equipment of all kinds at Outdoor Recreation, Building 1707 on Gillespie Street.
Kings Pond Recreation Area is a 74-acre recreation area in Harmony Church. Canoes, kayaks and small boats powered by trolling motors may be used on the pond. Fishing is allowed with a Fort Benning permit and a Georgia state-issued license.
Russ Park is on Main Post on Clark Road and has a picnic pavilion with playground equipment. Fishing at Russ Pond is open to children younger than 16.
With a 40-by-80-foot open-air pavilion, picnic tables and grills, Twilight Pond is the perfect place for your next unit activity or party. Though swimming is not permitted, an abundance of bass, bluegill, catfish and crappie makes Twilight ideal for fishing. Directions are available at benning.armymwr.com.
Weems Pond is great for bass, brim, catfish, crappie fishing and more. To get to Weems Pond, take Eighth Division to Jamestown Road, turn right and follow it for approximately 4.5 miles. The pond is on the left.
Victory Pond is frequently used for training Soldiers; be mindful and avoid this area when it is being used. Victory Pond is near Harmony Church. Take Eighth Division Road past the Armor School area. The pond will be on the right.
For information on any of these parks or ponds, go to benning.armymwr.com.
Follow Me Fitness Trail
This rugged trail is a 2-mile loop with a 1-mile shortcut that weaves through a large wooded area on Main Post. Enter on 1st Division Road near the Dixie Road intersection. The trail has eight fitness stations and 15 exercise challenges, great for running and walking. Plan carefully to avoid being on the trail after dark.
Hunting and Fishing / 706-545-7978
Fort Benning is a sports enthusiast’s paradise. To rent a boat at Outdoor Rec’s Equipment Resource Center, you must have a Boater Safety Card, available at benning.armymwr.com. Authorized MWR patrons 18 or older may sponsor up to three guests per day to hunt or fish on Fort Benning. There is no limit to the number of guests an individual may sponsor in a year, but no more than three at one time.
Who is authorized to hunt or fish on post?
• Active-duty service members, including Reserve and National Guard, and retired U.S. military personnel.
• Veterans with a service-connected disability of
30 percent or greater.
• Medal of Honor recipients.
• Current or retired full-time DOD civilian employees.
• Federal civilian employees working full-time on Fort Benning and retired federal civilians employed at Fort Benning immediately prior to retirement.
• Surviving spouses of military personnel (must have dependent ID).
• Foreign military personnel assigned to Fort Benning.
• Primary dependents of sponsors.
Permits and Vehicle Passes / 706-545-7978
Personnel authorized to hunt and fish on Fort Benning may purchase annual hunting and fishing permits at the MWR Equipment Resource Center, Building 1707, the Country Store at Uchee Creek Army Campground and Marina, or at the Recreational Shooting Complex. While hunting or fishing, the Hunting and Fishing Access Pass must be displayed in the front windshield.
Equipment Resource Center / 706-545-7978
The Outdoor Rec Equipment Resource Center rents boats, campers, motor homes, inflatable bounce houses, party equipment, box trailers, utility trailers, car haulers, tillers, mowers, super cookers, generators and much more. The facility has storage units, ranging from 5 by 10 feet to 10 by 20 feet, and storage for cars, boats and RVs. Hunting and fishing permits are available at the center, in Building 1707 on Gillespie Street.
Used Vehicle Lot / 706-545-7978
The Equipment Resource Center manages a POV resale lot on Gaudette Street, behind the Auto Skills Center. To register your vehicle at Building 1707, bring registration, insurance and ID card. The vehicle must be registered to the ID cardholder. The cost is $11 for 30 days. Information on how to purchase each vehicle is posted on its windshield. Remember, the Auto Skills Center offers a free prepurchase inspection.