Ft. Hood Army Base, TX Real Estate and Community InformationFort 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
Parks and Recreation
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.
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
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
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
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.