Fort Campbell is a massive 106,700 acre Army base that sprawls across areas of Kentucky and Tennessee, strategically placed between Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and Clarksville, Tennessee.
From its location, Fort Campbell is positioned to launch mission-ready forces by air, highway, inland waterway, and by rail.
The military installation hosts the Army’s only Air Assault Division, the 101st Airborne Division, in addition to two other respected units, the 5th Special Forces Group and the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment – both Airborne.
The base, which was established in 1942 as a temporary training facility, evolved from a wartime camp to a permanent base in 1950.
Today, the Fort Campbell military base has excellent on-site schools, and the area is also surrounded by outstanding public schools, managed by three separate districts on the Tennessee side. Clarksville is also populated with private schools, as well as multiple resources for higher education.
Although service-members at Fort Campbell know what it is to work hard, they also know how to play hard, which is fully supported by the base, evident by its plethora of recreational venues, activities, and resources. And, being situated in Clarksville, there’s a wide variety of things to do off-base, too.
Things to Do at Fort Campbell
Fort Campbell values entertainment and recreation, and nurturing social and spiritual well-being, providing numerous resources to military members and their families.
There are eight fitness centers within the facility, four swimming pools, a museum, movie theater, skeet range, library, youth art and science classes, playgroups, and more.
Furthermore, the community hosts several sporting events and tournaments, in addition to a challenge course and indoor climbing wall.
Fort Campbell also houses two camping facilities with campgrounds and cabins.
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Education At and Around Fort Campbell
Students of military households attending school can do so either on or off base. At Fort Campbell, schools include Barkley Elementary, Barsanti Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Andre Lucas Elementary, Mahaffee Middle School, and Fort Campbell High School.
Three school districts share the responsibility of providing public school education to students attending off-base schools. Those districts include Clarksville-Montgomery County School System, Stewart County School System, and Cheatham County School District.
There are several continuing education facilities and educational programs on and off base that are available to military members and their families. Educational facilities at and around Fort Campbell include Austin Peay State University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Murray State University, and Hopkinsville Community College.
Additional programs include counseling services, a testing center, a learning resource center, and the local on-base library.
Public Transportation Near Fort Campbell
Residents and guests living at or around Fort Campbell can rely on public transportation provided by Clarksville Transit System, with service to Fort Campbell on route 1.
The Nashville International Airport is the nearest airport to Clarksville and Fort Campbell in Tennessee.
The Climate at Fort Campbell and Clarksville
The sun shines on Fort Campbell about 210 days of the year, which is five days more than the U.S. average of 205 sunny days. Summer temperatures are moderate, staying well below 100, at just 89 degrees, ideal for enjoying a variety of outdoor activities.
Fort Campbell does get more than its fair share of rain, though. The U.S. average for rainfall is 38 inches over a year, whereas Fort Campbell receives 51 inches of rain annually.
It does snow at Fort Campbell in Tennessee, about five inches, which is significantly lower than the national average snowfall of 28 inches.
Winter temperatures are crisp, falling below freezing to 27 degrees.
Living Near Fort Campbell in Tennessee
There are approximately 155,000 residents living in Clarksville, Tennessee. Among them, 26,800 are active military. Fort Campbell also employs more than four thousand civilians.
The average annual household income in Clarksville around Fort Campbell is $55,021, slightly higher than the state’s average median household income of just about $52,000.
Homes around Fort Campbell are less expensive than those in other parts of Tennessee. The state average home value is $167,500, whereas the Clarksville area home values are just $153,800.
Fort Campbell is one of the Army’s most expansive facilities. Although the area is designed to support prestigious airborne units, some of which are among the best in the world, it’s also a great place to live.
Fort Campbell has and is near excellent schools, and offers an incredible range of activities for military members and their families on-base, but the Clarksville area offers even more opportunities for entertainment and education.
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