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Carlisle Barracks Army Base

United States Army War College, CHARRA, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
870 Jim Thorpe Road, Carlisle Barracks PA

In Carlisle, the summers are warm and humid, the winters are very cold, and it is partly cloudy year round. Over the course of the year, the temperature typically varies from 23°F to 85°F and is rarely below 10°F or above 93°F.


The hot season lasts for 3.6 months, from May 28 to September 16, with an average daily high temperature above 76°F. The hottest day of the year is July 20, with an average high of 85°F and low of 66°F. The cold season lasts for 3.1 months, from December 1 to March 5, with an average daily high temperature below 47°F. The coldest day of the year is January 30, with an average low of 23°F and high of 37°F.


The wetter season lasts 4.9 months, from March 31 to August 28, with a greater than 30% chance of a given day being a wet day. The chance of a wet day peaks at 39% on June 16. The drier season lasts 7.1 months, from August 28 to March 31. The smallest chance of a wet day is 21% on January 28.


Cost of Living
The overall cost of living in Carlisle, PA is 1% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 2% lower than the U.S. average. The following categories are used to calculate the overall cost of living index: goods/services (33%), housing (30%), groceries (13%), utilities (10%), transportation (9%) and health care (5%). From the list, it is clear that the categories of goods/services and housing are responsible for the largest portions of the overall cost of living index. As a general rule, everyday goods and services provide an accurate measure of the general cost of goods in any given city. In the case of Carlisle, PA, the city’s goods and services are 2% lower than the Pennsylvania average and 1% lower than the U.S. average.

Getting to Know the Area
Carlisle Barracks is located in the city of Carlisle, PA in South Central Pennsylvania, near the state capital at Harrisburg. The region is known as Cumberland Valley with the beautiful Appalachians and the Susquehanna River. The area offers a wide range of outdoor activities, including excellent fishing holes, the Appalachian Trail, and City Island with many recreational opportunities. The Appalachian Trail is public footpath that traverses the scenic and wild lands of the Appalachian Mountains. The trail, which is more than a 2,180 miles long, is in one of the most biodiverse units of the National Park System. City Island, in the middle of the Susquehanna River, is a 63-acre island featuring a miniature train, a carousel, miniature golf, arcade games, batting cages, beach volleyball courts, picnic pavilions, swimming, and more.


Cumberland Valley also offers a wide array of cultural and entertainment options including museums, art galleries, theaters, historic sites and sport venues. Popular nearby areas include Hershey, Harrisburg, Lancaster, York and Gettysburg.


Some other points of interest include Carlisle Quest, Carlisle Sports Emporium, Climbnasium Inc., Coliseum Megaplex, H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center, U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center, and Whitaker Center for Science and Arts


For more information on Cumberland Valley, check out the Cumberland Valley Visitors Bureau’s website at


Check out these websites for a list of all of the great events going on in the area.  

Harrisburg, PA
Carlisle Car Show
Susquehanna River