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Fort Knox Relocation Information

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Welcome to Fort Knox!


Fort Knox is located at 111 East Chaffee Avenue, Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121. The post is situated in north central Kentucky, adjacent to the city of Radcliff, 15 miles north of Elizabethtown, and approximately 45 miles south of Louisville. Other nearby cities include Vine Grove, Cecilia, Rineyville, Bardstown, and Brandenburg, KY. 


Fort Knox’s quiet location gives residents the ability to take advantage of city life as well as outdoor adventures throughout the Kentucky landscape. 


Operating since World War I, Fort Knox has a long history of supporting and fighting for the United States. Most recently, the post has expanded from its artillery beginnings to embrace a wider base inviting more diverse units to meet the broader needs of the Army. With state-of-the-art training and programs to improve and maintain a higher quality of life and support for military families who call this duty station home, Fort Knox is a well-oiled machine. 



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Frequently Asked Questions About Fort Knox

1. What city is near Fort Knox? 


Fort Knox lies just 45 minutes south of Louisville, Kentucky's largest city. Among exciting attractions, incredible shopping and dining, and historical sites, this Kentucky/Ohio border city is also home to Churchill Downs and hosts the Kentucky Derby. 


2. What is Fort Knox known for? 


As part of its extensive history, Fort Knox is best known for the United States Bullion Depository, which stores about half of the Treasury's stored gold. It sits adjacent to the military installation. 



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3. What units are stationed at Fort Knox? 


Fort Knox is home to a large number of tenants: 


4. Is Fort Knox a good duty station? 

A common question when moving to a new military installation is, is it a good duty station? The answer largely depends on each individual's preferences, priorities, and perspective. However, looking at the facts, the high number of amenities, support programs, outdoor adventures, and access to a bustling city, it all points to yes.

5. What is the zip code for Fort Knox?

The zip code for Fort Knox is 40121. Other nearby zip codes include 40122, 40160, 40108, and 401701.   

6. What is the BAH for Fort Knox?

BAH for Fort Knox ranges from $1,275 for E-1 to $2,121 for E-9 with dependents, and from $1,410 for O-1 to $2,592 for O-7 with dependents. See housing section for more info.

Base Location and Information

Official Site: Fort Knox


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Measuring just over 109 acres, Fort Knox is a Kentucky city. Its community makes it more densely populated than a few of the surrounding towns and offers a slew of amenities that offer residents a fun place to call home. 


Upon exiting the gates to re-enter civilian life, there are numerous activities to explore. Located just 45 minutes north of Fort Knox, Louisville offers a variety of attractions. Known primarily as the home of the Kentucky Derby, the city provides much more in terms of cultural and recreational activities. Sightseeing options are abundant, including the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory, Kentucky Derby Museum, the Muhammad Ali Center, distilleries, and ghost tours.

Additionally, family-oriented destinations such as the Louisville Zoo, Kentucky Kingdom, Louisville Nature Center, and the Kentucky Science Center are likely to make visits to Louisville a regular occurrence.


Closer to post are small towns and cities, complete with charming downtown areas. Elizabethtown is the destination for a quick bite or a little shopping out on the town, as it’s no more than a 30-minute drive south of Fort Knox. However, for those looking to get away for a long weekend and explore a new area, Nashville, Tennessee, is less than three hours away and St. Louis is just over four.


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Arrival Lodging



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The Holiday Inn Express Newgarden Inn handles arrival lodging for incoming military families. Rooms come with refrigerators and cooktops as well as a complimentary breakfast every morning. Along with well-equipped guestrooms, there's an on-post shuttle service to help make getting around easier.



406 North Knox Street Building 1327 

Fort Knox, KY 



Phone: (502) 943-1000


Book online or call 1-877-711-TEAM.

Fort Knox Housing


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On-post housing is privatized and managed by Knox Hills by Lendlease. This community offers convenience to Fort Knox amenities, schools, work, and medical care, and supplies residents with fitness centers, playgrounds, a splash pad, a dog park, and a golf course.



41 West Chaffee Ave.

Fort Knox, KY 40121



Leasing: (502) 799-6550

Main: (502) 378-3708

Maintenance: (502) 799-6565

Fort Knox Off-Base Housing

View homes for sale and houses for rent near Fort Knox: Fort Knox Homes



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Military families who choose to live off post settle into the surrounding small towns like Radcliff, Vine Grove, or Elizabethtown. Radcliff (closest to Fort Knox and about six minutes from the post) is one of the most heavily military veteran populated areas in the state. Vine Grove is the smallest of these at just 6,000 people. And Elizabethtown, a small city, is the shopping and dining destination for residents in the region. It’s 25 minutes from Fort Knox. 


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Fort Knox BAH Information

The Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) is a U.S. based allowance determined by geographic duty location, pay grade, and dependency status. It provides uniformed service members compensation based on housing costs in local civilian housing markets when government quarters are not provided. Learn more about Basic Allowance for Housing.


Fort Knox is near Louisville, KY with many options to buy or rent. Some sample Fort Knox BAH rates for zip code 40121: 


  • E-1 with dependents: $1,275
  • E-1 without dependents: $996
  • E-9 with dependents: $2,121
  • E-9 without dependents: $1,590
  • O-1 with dependents: $1,410
  • O-1 without dependents: $1,188
  • O-7 with dependents: $2,592
  • O-7 without dependents: $2,049

Fort Knox Weather & Climate

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Fort Knox boasts four distinct seasons: hot summer months, snowy winter nights, gorgeous autumns, and lush springtime. Aside from opportunities to enjoy all the seasons, the climate lays the foundation for endless outdoor adventure. 

While snowy roads can present a concern here during the wintertime, the more pressing issue is tornadoes. The springtime brings tornadoes to the Louisville area more frequently than the rest of the state. Learn more about how to prepare and what to expect: Kentucky Emergency Management Tornado Safety.

Fort Knox Area Schools

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Military families with school-age kids who live on post at Fort Knox fall under the DODEA Fort Knox Schools. This system has four schools, including two elementary, one intermediate, and one middle/high school.


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Support for Military and Families


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Military families will find a slower paced lifestyle here at Fort Knox. Though the hustle and bustle are close by in Louisville, Fort Knox and the surrounding towns offer a quieter place to live. 


The Barr Memorial Library, Houston Bowling Center, and the Fort Knox Water Park provide entertainment within the local military community. Additionally, for those looking to embrace the outdoors and add variety to their daily routine, the Camp Carlson Army Recreational Center serves as a popular destination. Offering traditional campsites and cabins, it caters to a variety of preferences, including options for those who prefer a less rugged camping experience.


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Employment options are readily available just off post in Elizabethtown, including the Hardin County Board of Education, the Hardin Memorial Hospital Foundation, and the Elizabethtown Independent School District, among others. Additional employment opportunities are available in Louisville for those willing to commute daily.

Area higher education options include the University of Louisville, University of Louisville College of Business, Sullivan University College of Nursing, and several community colleges both in Louisville and closer to the post.

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Things to Do Near Fort Knox



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Saunders Spring Nature Reserve: Composed of 26 heavily wooded forests, Saunders Spring Nature Reserve is perfect for a day of hiking, picnicking, and looking back in history by way of the 1800s cabins on the lot. 


Boundary Oak Distillery: Originally a schoolhouse, this 100-year-old spring is used to distill a variety of spirits. Open for tours.


Squire Boone Caverns: Squire Boone Caverns is a beautiful attraction. This living cave is home to rushing streams, stalactites, stalagmites, and more. 


General George Patton Museum: Travel back in time to learn about the extraordinary life of General Patton at this local museum. 


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Base Address:

111 East Chaffee Avenue Fort Knox, Kentucky 40121
Fort Knox , 40121-5000