Located between Waco and Austin, Fort Hood, Texas is the largest active duty U.S. military installation. The post is over 300 square miles--so if you aren’t already familiar with the area, you might feel a little overwhelmed when you get orders to PCS there.
Thankfully, with the help of several online resources, you can start to get your bearings and get to know the area even before you move.
Getting to Know Fort Hood
Places to Live
When you search Fort Hood on Military Town Advisor, you’ll find reviews on neighborhoods located in Harker Heights, Killeen, Belton, and Temple. While close to each other, each of these towns has its own unique culture.
Harker Heights has several five-star rated neighborhoods listed on MTA to include Skipcha Mountain Estates, Knights Ridge, and Evergreen Estates. This area is only about 15 minutes from post and has many of your well-known chain restaurants and retail stores.
Killeen is just a little further out from post than Harker Heights and is a bit bigger. There are a few reviews available on MTA, none of which are five stars. Locals suggest limiting your househunting search to South Killeen to be sure you find a home in a good area.
Belton and Temple are located about 25 minutes off post. Belton has the cozy, small town Texas feel that everyone loves, while Temple is more industrial but offers residents a wider variety of things to do.
Finding Your Home
Of course, MilitaryByOwner can help you find potential homes in the area. Whether you’re looking to rent or buy, there's quite a selection for you to choose from. And MILLIE Scouts take house hunting to the next level.
Scouts are available for hire and will conduct house reviews, neighborhood reviews, property walk-through, a house photo shoot, and more. No matter the service you choose, hiring a Scout means that you now have eyes and ears where you otherwise wouldn’t, which eliminates a lot of the risk associated with a sight-unseen rental.
Things to Do Around Fort Hood
Just look at where Fort Hood is located on the map, and you’ll realize how much there is to do in the area!
Far less advertised than Waco or Austin, but equally as fun, is Georgetown. Located about 30-45 minutes south of Fort Hood, it’s close enough to post that some service members choose to live here. But if you decide to live closer to work, Georgetown makes for a great day, overnight, or weekend trip.
Georgetown is great in that it doesn’t feel like a military town. Since Fort Hood is so large and populated, you'll have to drive a bit before you can catch a breath of civilian air.
The town hosts fun events like "First Fridays on the Square" and "Music on the Square Summer Concerts." Plus there are parks, trails, and golf courses if you want to enjoy your time outside.
It also features great nightlife with places like the Fountainwood Observatory, The Uptown Social, and wineries. What’s also different about Georgetown is your choice of bed and breakfasts and guest houses if you want a to skip the hotel.
Downtown Austin by Flickr user jdeering
About an hour south of Fort Hood is Austin--the artsy, musical, festive, and weird capital of Texas. There are endless amounts of things to do in Austin. Plan a visit during a music festival! But if you can’t, enjoy 6th Street and witness the Austin bats firsthand.
Just about an hour north of post is the home to Baylor University and the beloved Gaines family you’ve come to know on HGTV. Maybe you can visit the new Magnolia Market at the Silos!
These days, it’s much easier to get connected to your new community even before you move.
Fort Hood Spouses’ Club is known for its community service and fundraisers to support the local military community. You can start the process to become a member on their website or connect with them on Facebook.
You can also search "Fort Hood Spouses" on Facebook and find several additional groups to join!
As you prepare for your PCS to Fort Hood, connecting with families already there will help you get to know the area even better. We hope that you find this information helpful and have a smooth transition to your new home at Fort Hood!