Fort Knox

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Fort Knox is a U.S. Army post in the Kentucky Derby Region.

Get in[edit]

US 31W runs roughly North/South next to Fort Knox; drivers may access the Brandenburg Station Road, Chaffee Avenue, and Wilson Road Gates, as they travel North to South, respectively. 31W connects Elizabethtown 15 minutes to the South, and Louisville about 60 minutes to the North. Further East runs I65, also connecting Elizabethtown and Louisville. KY 313, running East/West, brings in traffic from I-65 to the east, via exit 102.

Get around[edit]

Not much effort seems to have been made to make navigating around post easy; most signs for buildings use difficult-to-read "military speak" (for example, the Leader's Club sign is marked: DIRECTORATE OF MORALE, WELFARE, AND RECREATION, and in relatively tiny text at the bottom: Leader's Club). However, almost every street intersection is clearly labeled, though the existing signs differ for some roads from the names given by Google Maps.

The Fort Knox MWR Guidebook (available at several locations around post) has probably the best map of post available to the average visitor.



Four gymnasiums (Otto, Smith, Natcher and Gammon), an Olympic-sized indoor swimming pool (Anderson) and several large athletic fields are available at various locations around post. Most locations and activities are fairly typical for a large military post; including an outdoor recreational area (Camp Carlson Army Travel Camp), Shooting Club (French Range), bowling alley (Houston Bowling Center), and golf course (Lindsey Golf Course).


The Post Main PX, Commissary, and Clothing and Sales are all in the same general vicinity.



Rocker II and the Leader's Club have full bars on post. Rocker II offers wide screen TV's, 4 pool tables and dart boards, and various video games to provide weekend diversions. The Leader's Club features Fiddler's Green Bar and Lounge, as well as the Bullion Room Restaurant.


600 Transient Lodging spaces at 6 locations around post are available for soldiers on TDY assignment. Separate spaces are also available for up to 76 Permanent Party Geographical Bachelors (GBQ). Transient Lodging spaces range from dormitory style to efficiency apartments, but most will feature queen-sized beds, basic kitchen facilities with microwave and refrigerator (and sometimes stove), as well as cable TV and high-speed internet connections (wired).


By phone[edit]

Because no overlay plan has yet been imposed on the 502 area code that serves the post, 7-digit local dialing is still allowed.

However, many visitors to the post may be staying in Radcliff, directly adjacent to the main gate, or Elizabethtown, a short distance to the south. Those cities are served by an overlay complex of two area codes, 270 and 364. A local or in-state telephone call from those cities requires all 10 digits of the local number be dialed (omitting just the leading +1 from a local landline call).

Signage on many established businesses in Radcliff or Elizabethtown may still display the original seven-digit numbers; dial 270 before these if no area code is indicated.

Go next[edit]

The nearest large town with a little more to offer is Louisville, while Lexington is further away, but still a reasonable drive.

Routes through Fort Knox
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