Ft. Hood Army Base, TX Real Estate and Community Information

Army Fort Hood, Texas, is one of the largest military installations in the world. It is 60 miles north of the state capital of Austin and 60 miles south-southwest of Waco. Approximately 65,000 active military personnel are stationed at Fort Hood.

Although Fort Hood is a gated post, the Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area (BLORA), the First Calvary Division Museum and a variety of other recreational and educational faciltiies are open to the public.

The main campus of Central Texas College is located in Killeen. The community college enrolls approximately 40,000 students at its various campuses, online an at U.S. military installations worldwide. It's location near Fort Hood lead to the development of on-site classes on ships and at military bases. Central Texas College is the fifth ranking college in the nation in terms of online enrollment.

Brief History of Fort Hood

The military base is named for Confederate General John Bell Hood. During the Civil War, Gen. Hood was the commander of the Texas Brigade. When the facility opened as Camp Hood in September 1942, it covered 158,706 acres, and it had billeting for 82,610 enlisted personnel and 6,007 officers. As the Second World War raged on, mobile anti-tank guns on armored half-trucks and tank destroyers were developed and tested in an area that was once rural farm land. Today, Fort Hood is the largest active duty armored post in the United States. It is home to the 1st Calvary Division, the 4th Infantry Division and a dozen additional units.

Parks and Recreation

The Belton Lake Outdoor Recreation Area offers a wide variety of equipment rentals to meet the needs of both DOD patrons and civilians. It is possible to rent kayaks, canoes and wake boards. For those looking to enjoy added fun behind a boat, there are skis, tubes and new boards available for rent.

Mountain biking enthusiasts will find a series of beginner, intermediate and advanced trails at BLORA. There's a nominal fee for the general public, while authorized family and MWR patrons enjoy complimentary access. Mountain bike and helmet rentals are available.

Swimming in pool Four outdoor pools are open from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, inclusive. Authorized patrons may purchase a season pass or pay a daily fee. The four pools, Comanche, Patton, Martin and West Fort Hood, are open different days of the week so that swimmers can access one pool or another seven days a week. The Abrams Indoor Pool maintains open swim periods seven days a week, with the exception of certain federal holidays.

The Sportsman's Center at Fort Hood addresses the needs of hunters and anglers and other outdoor enthusiasts. The snack bar, skeet range and pro shop make it a popular gathering place as well. The facility also offers a playground, party rooms, picnic areas and an equine boarding stable. The sportsman center also features an archery range. Register at the Sportsmen's Center to enjoy recreational horseback riding at Fort Hood. Small groups enjoy one and two-hour rides guided by experienced wranglers. Trails are spread out over a 1,000-acre area.

Fort Hood and Killeen together provide 63 holes of championship golf for area residents. The 27-hole Courses at Clear Creek is a Fort Hood layout featuring three nines: Armadillo Hills, Panther Claw and Deer Run. Along with a 35-stall driving range, the facility offers a unique four-hole practice course for children called Rattlesnake Ridge. Stonestreet Golf Club opened in 1970, and it benefited from a full renovation in 2005. Players are treated to a scenic test routed over rolling terrain featuring mature trees and a number of water hazards. From the back tees, the par-72 test plays at 7,113 yards.

Attractions and Activities

Visitors to the Mayborn Science Center at Central Texas College enjoy a full dome display in a recently upgraded facility. Laser light shows that the planetarium include 3D graphics, 15,000 watts of digital sound and laser-generated colors. Movies come to life when displayed on the massive dome-shaped screen.

The 1st Calvary Division Museum features a memorable outdoor display of armored vehicles, aircraft and other historical equipment. Living history programs feature interpreters attired in period uniforms from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, WW II and Vietnam War. Drills and tactics are discussed along with medical care, recreation and food. The museum also displays military artifacts of the 1st Calvary Division dating back as far as 1855.

Festivals and Annual Events

Every May, the Killeen Spring Fling is staged at the Killeen Special Events Center. The giant festival features over 700 vendors that display their wares and handcrafted items both indoors and outdoors. Visitors looking for a challemge can take on the obstacle course or the rock climbing wall. The kids' area features a bounce house and other fun activities.

Numerous Fourth of July events are held at Fort Hood and surrounding communities. The Fort Hood Independence Day Celebration is held at Fort Hood Stadium. Bands and a DJ create an energized atmosphere, and the fireworks display is synchronized with patriotic music. There's also Family Fun Fest in nearby Temple and the Festival on Nolan Creek in Belton. The Belton Fourth of July Parade has been a local tradition since 1919. One year, USA Today voted it one of the top ten Independence Day events in the country.

Fort Hood Area Real Estate

Military Family In 2000, housing on the post was turned over to a privatized partnership, Fort Hood Family Housing. Since then, much of the housing has been either rebuilt or remodeled. There are nine public schools at Fort Hood, and they are all affiliated with the Killeen Independent school District.

Residential real estate in Killeen offers those relocating to the area a wide variety of options. There are value-priced ranches with two to four bedrooms and over 1500 sq-ft of living space. There are also new construction residences with over 3000 sq-ft of living space and numerous modern amenities. At any one moment, there are hundreds of homes on the market that meet the needs of just about any budget.

This is just a small sampling of the many things residents can do for recreation and entertainment in the community. To learn more about all of the possibilities for leisure-time fun, please contact Shine Team Realtors.
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