We call it “Uchee,” but there are at least five documented derivatives of the word (including Yuchi and Euchee), which is thought to mean “far away” or “situated yonder” in the language of the Yuchi Indians, who settled on the Chattahoochee River in the middle to late 18th century.
It’s fitting that the Uchee Creek Campground and Marina, (situated as it is, just slightly yonder, along the banks of the Chattahoochee River in Alabama), is billed as “minutes from Main Post but worlds away.”
Though we owe the name to Native Americans, we owe the resort to John Wayne, who cleared a path from Main Post seven miles out to the riverbank in 1968 to film The Green Berets. When the film crew left, Fort Benning capitalized on its hard work and turned the spot into a campground and park.
Today, the 385-acre park includes a marina, 55 chalets and cabins, more than 100 RV sites, traditional tent sites, a pool (which opens over Memorial Day weekend), playgrounds and recreation areas, and a number of indoor and outdoor activity facilities, including the Lodge, which can be reserved for events of every size.
Aside from weekend getaways and vacations, Uchee Creek is a popular site for Family and military reunions, wedding receptions and unit Family or field days.
The park is open year-round to MWR patrons. That includes Soldiers, retirees and civilian employees and the Family members of all. And like all MWR lodging facilities, Uchee Creek is open to the Family members of Soldiers in training at Fort Benning. All facilities are rented on a first-come, first-serve basis, and some are pet friendly. Rates start at $44 per night for a cabin and vary according to rank.