Fort Hood is the largest military post in the United States. It is also one of the most diverse military posts. Visitors will find Fort Hood situated just outside the city of Killeen in central Texas. Currently, there are more than 52,000 soldiers assigned to Fort Hood along with more than 70,000 family members. Gatesville, Texas is located on the northern edge of Fort Hood.
After September 11, 2001 access to the cantonments at Fort Hood became restricted, although passes are still available which allow visitors to visit the two museums which are located on the post. In addition, the lake also remains open to the public with no restrictions at all due to the fact that it is actually located outside the cantonments. Throughout the year a variety of different events take place at Fort Hood, including the Independence Day celebration, which features one of the largest fireworks displays in the nation. The event is open to the public.
Visitors to the Killeen and Fort Hood area will also find there are numerous hotels and restaurants available throughout the local area, making it easy to plan your next visit to this area. Whether you need to stay closer to Killeen or Gatesville, there are plenty of accommodation options available for a variety of budget and amenity needs.
There are also many restaurants available in the area, offering a wide selection of different cuisine choices. Steak houses, seafood restaurants, Mexican restaurants, fast food restaurants and more are all available not far from the Fort Hood area.
A visit to Fort Hood will not only allow you to learn more about the largest military base in the United States but will also give you a taste of what makes central Texas so unique and so inviting.