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Fort Knox | Duty Station Spotlight

about the series

Each time I make a duty station print, I find myself researching the installation and wondering what it is like to live there.  The Duty Station Spotlight Series provides first hand insight into duty stations around the US (and world) and was born out of my curiosity and inclination to research everything. Each post in the series is a q&a with a military family member who has experienced the community first hand. Our hope is if you PCSing to a location or already settled that the articles provide you with a bit of guidance and some gems around town!

Interested in contributing your own experience for this spotlight series?    Head over to the Duty Station Q&A to submit your experience for consideration in our spotlight series.

Did your family just get orders to head to Fort Knox, Kentucky? Doing a bit of anticipatory research on where the military might be sending your family next?

This week we have amazing insight into Kentucky for our Duty Station Spotlight from Army veteran and spouse Natalie Sanders. Her military family has been stationed at Fort Knox since November 2017.

In a hurry? Click the section below to jump to the section that interest you the most.

THE BASICS

INITIAL THOUGHTS

What first ran through your head when you found out you were moving to Fort Knox?

The only thing we knew about Fort Knox was the “high security” that is based on information about the gold vault.

CURRENT IMPRESSION

After living there for 2 years do you still have the same impression of Fort Knox?

The gold vault is located right outside of the gate, but it doesn’t affect anything we do. Fort Knox is a small, family-friendly Army post with limited resources.

PREP

What did you do to prepare for moving to this duty station?

This is one of many PCS moves for us, but it was the first move with children. We utilized an off-post hotel at our last duty station to stay in with the kids while our household belongings were being packed to ease their transition somewhat. We made sure to keep some toys with us and plan family-friendly stops along the way.

What did you do to set up for success at this duty station?

I recommend joining the online Facebook groups for information, especially if you’re on post and can find one with your neighborhood listed. Army Community Service is always a great place to go to, as well as the Red Cross.

HOME

Do you live on base, own a home or rent elsewhere?

We chose on-post housing through Knox Hills. It wasn’t hard, except that initially getting on to the wait list for housing was challenging. The communication was very limited with our leasing agent. They probably only called once or twice the entire time, so email communication is very important!

GETTING AROUND TOWN

How did you get around town on a day to day basis?

Fort Knox is relatively easy to find. It is located off of Dixie Highway, approximately one hour south of Louisville and the Ohio River border (which leads into Indiana). We stay on post for most of our activities, but there are communities nearby that provide easy access to retail and restaurant options.

WEATHER

Any tips for surviving through what mother nature has to bring to the area?

We do have all four seasons. Be prepared with wardrobe of every kind, and do not expect the weather to be predictable. Summer time is very humid. In the winter, we have snow, but usually not enough to cancel activities.

FORT KNOX SPOTLIGHT MAP

Each of the locations around Fort Knox have described below have been plotted on this google map. You can use the filters below to show only the locations you are interested in or open in google maps to save for later!

THE EATS

COFFEE

What is your favorite spot to grab a coffee at this duty station?

There is a recently opened bakery called The Gathering. It is just outside of post and it is cozy and small. I haven’t tried the coffee, but the baked goods are delicious!

BRUNCH

Is brunch a big deal around the duty station’s town? If so, where is your favorite spot and what do you order off the menu?

I believe brunch may be more popular in Louisville. We have enjoyed Wild Eggs and First Watch. First Watch has “rainbow toast” with fruit that is perfect for kids!

LUNCH

Whats the best spot for having a lunch?

There is a taco truck (military family owned) called Papi’s Tacos. They have delicious tacos, nachos, and fries. Their location varies so I keep track of them on Facebook.

SWEETS

What is your go to place to grab dessert?

It isn’t a restaurant, but in Louisville there is a chocolate shop called Art Eatables. They offer free samples and liquor-filled chocolates. They have small gifts as well. I love this place!

DATE NIGHT EATS

When you managed to align schedules to go out for a date with your husband, where are you headed?

We usually choose Cheddar‘s because it is somewhat inexpensive and has a great menu. It is in Elizabethtown, approximately fifteen minutes from post.

DRINK

Where is the best spot to grab a drink?

If we were going out for drinks, we would choose somewhere in downtown Louisville. I recommend Porch. It has a laid-back atmosphere and is very open to the nearby street for a unique view! This is a cocktail bar and restaurant.

TO DO AROUND TOWN

ACTIVE

Where is your favorite place to work up a sweat?

There’s gyms at every base and they offer classes as well. Third Space Yoga has great inclusive classes and offer retreats in gorgeous locations around island! SeaRabbit Art & Aerial Studio offers Aerial Yoga classes!

NATURE

Are there any nearby outdoor recreation areas you like to visit?

There are nearby trails in West Point, Kentucky. There are two trails that we love-Bridges to the Past and Tioga Falls. Bridges to the Past is more stroller-friendly and Tioga Falls isn’t, but has a beautiful waterfall at the end of the trail. These are for easy nature hikes/walks.

FAMILY

If your family had to dream up the perfect outing together in your area, where are you headed?

We love the Kentucky Science Center. We would love to check out Mammoth Caves, but have not done that yet.

RAINY DAYS

Where is your go to place if the weather is calling for rain?

The Barr Memorial Library on post has wonderful resources and some activities for children of all ages.

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE

Are there any must check out museums around Fort Knox?

On post there is the Patton museum. It has been through many renovations recently, so we haven’t visited yet!

PAMPER

If you manage to sneak away for a few hours to spend time spoiling yourself where are you headed?

I go to Southern Roots salon in Elizabethtown for hair cut and color.

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FINAL WORDS ON FORT KNOX

What would you say to a military family who just received orders and is doing the frantic google search to learn all the things!

Ireland Army Health Clinic is where we receive our healthcare-for urgent care or ER, we go off post. There is a new clinic under construction that is scheduled to open in January 2020. If you’re looking into using the Child Development Center on post for daycare, start the application process at militarychildcare.com so that they can be added to the waitlist.

Have you been stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky? We would love to hear about your favorites around town! Let us know your experience stationed here in the comments below!

Natalie is a military wife and an Army veteran. She loves to use her knowledge of Army life to help others when she can. She started Fort Knox Families, to have a page and a group where we can share ideas and local events to better our community.

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