Lake Benson Park is located at 921 Buffaloe Rd. This 64-acre park includes large open space areas, 1.8 miles of paved and unpaved trails, two playgrounds and four picnic shelters. It is home to Town-wide special events like Spring Eggstravaganza, Independence Day Celebration and Friday Family Flicks and Camping. Garner Veterans Memorial, dedicated in May 2013 is also located in the park. Lake Benson Park is open sunrise to sunset.
In warm weather, fishing and boat rentals are also available at the Lake Benson Boathouse (975 Buffaloe Rd., 919.662.5703), which is open seasonally for boating and fishing from mid-Mar. through Oct. Hours of operation are Fri., noon-7pm; Sat., 7am-7pm; Sun., noon-7pm. (Fri. operations will be suspended during July and Aug.)