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United States Army
U.S. Route 11 Gate
Carlisle, PA 17013
Lower than the average for all major U.S. cities. Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Area, PA cost of living is 92.5.
The Carlisle Barracks operator can be reached by calling 717-245-3131 or DSN 312-242-3131.
Defense Service Network (DSN) Dialing Instructions
The DSN is the provider of long-distance communications service for the Department of Defense (DoD). Every installation has a special DSN number and the numbers vary by world-wide location. In order to place a call using DSN, the caller must be using a military phone on an installation. Cell phones cannot dial DSN numbers. When dialing a DSN number from a United States installation to another United States installation, it is unnecessary to dial the DSN 312 area code. When dialing a DSN number to/from overseas locations, the DSN area code must be included. The operator can be reached at commercial (719) 567-1110. Please note that long distance charges may be incurred.
The U.S. Army Garrison provides quality infrastructure and services to support Carlisle Barracks units' mission readiness and execution while enabling the well-being of the regional military community.
Carlisle Barracks is the second oldest army installation, dating back to 1745, when British soldiers created the "Camp near Carlisle." In December 1776, the Continental Congress authorized establishment of an ordnance center at Washingtonburg, as the Barracks was called during the Revolutionary War. Carlisle Barracks was the home of the Indian Industrial School where the All-American football halfback Jim Thorpe attended. Carlisle Barracks is now an Installation Management Agency installation supporting the U.S. Army War College, a field operating agency of the U.S. Army, which educates and prepares military officers for leadership at the highest levels.
2,444 Active Duty (1054 on base, 344off base, and 1,426 reserves)
5029 Family members (2,233 of active within 40 miles, and 2,796of reserves within 40 miles)
3014 Civilians (1,297 on base, 3,127 within 40 miles)
4,876 Military Retirees
13,812 Military Retired Family Members
Harrisburg-Carlisle Metro Area's population is 591,712.
Active Duty Military
Carlisle Barracks is located in Cumberland County in South Central Pennsylvania, near the state capital at Harrisburg. Agriculture, tourism, industry and services all play vital roles in the local economies. Harrisburg, and nearby Hershey, combine to form a nucleus of culture, education, healthcare, and government. Carlisle Barracks, is one of the oldest active military posts in the United States. The cost of living in Cumberland County compares favorably to those of the metropolitan areas and adjacent counties. Housing costs run about fifteen percent less, health care costs are about five percent less, and grocery costs are about two percent less than surrounding areas. The base operator's phone number is 717-245-3131.
If you're traveling by air, Harrisburg International Airport serves the Cumberland Valley with more 120 flights daily and is just a thirty minute drive from Carlisle. For more information visit the airport's website.
From Harrisburg International Airport
Carlisle Barracks is adjacent to Carlisle, Pennsylvania: 18 miles west of Harrisburg, PA - 27 miles north of Gettysburg. The Army installation is located almost two miles west of the Carlisle interchange of the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike and I-81.
Map your route to 870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle 17013 (open 24 hours/7 days)
NOTE: Do not map your route directly to an on-base address - you risk that your mapping system will direct you to make an unauthorized entry, with resulting police intervention and possible citation.
DO Use '870 Jim Thorpe Road' ... and then follow signage on post to your destination.
From Harrisburg International Airport or via PA Turnpike (I76)
Upon exiting the airport follow the signs to PA-283 West and then the Pennsylvania Turnpike (Interstate 76) West.
Exit the Turnpike at the Carlisle exit, Exit 226 (old exit number 16).
Once through the tollbooth stay to the right toward US 11 South and follow the signs to Carlisle Barracks.
Turn left at Harmony Hall Road (second traffic light).
Turn right at Claremont Road.
Turn left at Jim Thorpe & Claremont roads to enter vehicle security point. ID card holders proceed directly to gate guard. Unescorted visitors use left lane to Visitors Center.
From North or South on I81
Take Exit 52 Middlesex/Carlisle and follow Highway 11 South into Carlisle.
Left on Harmony Hall Road
Right on Claremont Road
From DC area
From I495 Beltway west, take I270 North toward Frederick, MD
Continue north on Hwy 15 at Frederick
Exit onto Hwy 74 (North = left) at Dillsburg , PA
Upon reaching Carlisle intersection with Hwy 641/Trindle Road/East High Street (Speedway Gas on right), turn left and proceed one block to N. Spring Garden St.; turn right and proceed two blocks to East North Street; turn right and proceed 9.5 miles to the entrance to Carlisle Barracks at Jim Thorpe & Claremont roads (right turn) to enter vehicle security point. ID card holders proceed directly to gate guard. Unescorted visitors use left lane to Visitors Center.
Ashburn Gate, CAC & ID-card holders access only
22 Ashburn Drive
Hours of Operation:
Carlisle Barracks is located approximately 18 miles west of Harrisburg, on US-11 and I-81. Main gate is on Ashburn Drive, 2 miles off exit 16 of I-76 (Pennsylvania Turnpike).
From PA Turnpike
From Interstate 81 North
No public transportation is provided on the installation.