Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri


2013 Best Small Towns in America

Contest ends:  September 3, 2013

3 Votes - "Most Patriotic"


Fort Leonard Wood is a community of soldiers, civilian volunteers, and veterans alike surrounding one of the most prominent Army posts. The town is home to the U.S. Army Maneuver Support Center (MANSCEN). The small town is united in patriotism and demonstrates service both overseas and in emergencies on American soil. The people demonstrate sacrifice in their response to natural disasters, having rebuilt their own community after a tornado for example.

Fort Leonard Wood covers more than 62,911 acres of land – 53,995 is used for chemical, engineer, military police, transportation soldiers, airmen, sailors, and international student training.

Visitors can tour the Fort or attend a graduation or welcome home ceremony to witness the support this community shows for the base. You can also visit the Pine Valley Golf Course, Frog Rock, or Mark Twain National Forest. St. Louis is a two-hour drive, while Springfield is about an hour and a half drive from Fort Leonard Wood.

The Road Rally team found locals had overflowing pride in their country and overwhelming support for those serving in the military. Captain and Clark said this is “a town that from the museums to the barracks would escort you through a thorough and deep understanding of what it means to be an American soldier and the honor that comes with it.”

Stationed here for awhile and then decided to retire here.
Reviewed by eaglewolf727
on September 17, 2012
Without a doubt this is the friendliest military area in the United States. The Soldiers love the community here in rural Missouri and the Citizens within this community respect and appreciate the commitment of our military members. In this community you do not have to look too far or ask the is evident.....this is the MOST PATRIOTIC COMMUNITY.
Reviewed by twylacordry
on September 17, 2012
Out of all the duty stations and assignments I have experienced, Fort Leonard Wood and the community of Waynesville and St Robert are by far the best supporters of the armed forces. Every where you turn there is somebody thanking you for your service and showing how patriotic this area is. There are too many organizations and public businesses out there to list who take care of us daily!! Awesome people!!
Reviewed by benjaminfacio
on September 17, 2012
My husband and I loved the Fort Leonard Wood area that when be here. Wonderful place to raise 4 kids! Granted that was 36 years ago, but I have never regretted that decision. It was with mixed feelings that we saw beautiful Fort McClellan AL close as we had been there 3 tours, but we knew the impact that move would have on Fort Leonard Wood. People are friendly, scenery is breathtaking, but most of all is the love and support the area shows for our country and those who protect it.
Reviewed by Linda_Folkert
on September 17, 2012
Fort Leonard Wood has unquestionable patriotism. As an Army post it is a place to be admired. The cooperation between the branches stationed there is a true testament to the American spirit. The post offers a variety of unique experiences for the road tripper who is in search of learning more about the US Army. You can watch the whole process from new recruits entering to cadets graduating. All of this happens on a regular basis. The true beauty of the town lies in the civilians and veterans who call the area around Ft. Leonard Wood home. Their support and fervor for all that goes on in the area is astounding. If you are looking for a stop on the highway that will deepen your understanding and love for our military than look no further than Ft. Leonard Wood.
Reviewed by Clark_T
on September 17, 2012
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