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White Deer Park (2400 Aversboro Road) and neighboring Lake Benson Park (921 Buffaloe Road) comprise 160 acres of open space and several miles of paved and unpaved trails. White Deer Park's LEED Gold-Certified Nature Center offers educational programming year-round and has a classroom and outdoor learning deck available for rental. The Garner Veterans Memorial (Garner Veterans Memorial) in Lake Benson Park is a popular and moving destination.

Visitors can enjoy boating and fishing on weekends spring through fall on the 364-acre Lake Benson. A town-operated boathouse (975 Buffaloe Road) rents canoes, kayaks and jon boats (with or without  motors) at affordable hourly and daily rates.

The town's Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department ( offers an impressive array of recreational programming for people of all ages. The Garner Senior Center (205 E. Garner Road) and Garner Recreation Center (at the corner of Main and Montague Streets) are hubs of recreational activity year round.

The new Poole Family YMCA facility (2110 Aversboro Road) also offers a wide range of programming and amenities, including an outdoor aquatics center.

Garner residents are approximately two hours from some of the nation's best beaches and four hours from the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains.

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