Community Group

Copperas Cove

Where Community Meets Opportunity 

Copperas Cove is a welcoming, thriving place to live, work, and raise your family. Residents have access to affordable housing, quality education, and amenities to enjoy year-round. This is the kind of community that welcomes everyone in every stage of life, offers connection and opportunity, and supports growth. 

Copperas Cove was founded in 1879 and was once a part of the feeder routes for the historic Chisholm Trail. Originally, the city started as a small farming and ranching settlement called Cove, and eventually became Copperas Cove, named for the coppery taste of the area’s spring water. 

A primary amenity for any city is its parks and recreation facilities and activities. Copperas Cove residents have a diverse range to choose from:

  • Eight City parks – Ogletree Gap Park features an original stagecoach stop and was the site of the City’s first Post Office

  • Athletic facilities (Picnic grounds, pavilions, swimming pools, splash pads, tennis courts, fishing, golf, baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and volleyball courts)

  • Dog park

  • Miles of nature, hiking, and biking trails

  • Pocket parks

  • Sports leagues and tournaments

  • Youth camps and activities

  • Adaptive Sports Program 

Copperas Cove is a well-known Bike/Run destination in Central Texas due to its challenging hills.


Entertainment in Copperas Cove has something for everyone, from movies, games, and axe throwing to food trucks, festivals, and family fun. The Topsey Exotic Ranch and Drive-Thru Safari offers families the chance to see wildlife roam freely, and Copperas Cove’s social scene is alive with a diverse selection of family-owned restaurants, bars, numerous local meetups, a growing art & music scene, and more.

One of the most popular festivals that takes place each year is the annual Rabbit Fest presented by the Copperas Cove Chamber of Commerce. With an attendance of over 42,000, this festival is hopping with live entertainment, food, craft vendors, carnival rides, and the Rabbit Fest Parade. 

Other Festivals & Events

  • 5K Polar Bear Plunge

  • Fishing in the Park

  • Spring Festival

  • Easter Egg Round-up

  • 4th of July Celebration

  • Fall-O-Ween Festival

  • Krist Kindl Markt

  • Quarterly Popup Vendor Markets

Cove Creates Community

One of Copperas Cove’s values is volunteering. Many local citizens give time and talent to numerous organizations and nonprofits. They build relationships, create community, and benefit our city and its residents. There are organizations and volunteer groups for everyone.

A few include:

  • Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts

  • Rotary

  • Altrusa 

  • Central Texas Pride Community Center

  • Friends of the Library

  • Friends of Copperas Cove Parks & Recreation

  • Boys & Girls Club

  • VFW

  • Keep Copperas Cove Beautiful

  • Knights of Columbus

  • Lions Club

  • Not Rich but Enriched

  • Copperas Cove Education Foundation

School Days

With strong athletic and academic programs, Copperas Cove’s Independent School District serves a diverse student body of over 8,200, grades Pre-K through 12th. There are also several private and preparatory schools as well.


  • 2 High Schools (1 is an alternative school of choice)

  • 2 Junior High Schools

  • 6 Elementary Schools

  • 1 Pre-K Center

Central Texas College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas are within easy commuting distance of Copperas Cove.

Caring for Your Health

Quality care is close to home in Copperas Cove for civilians and veterans with three medical care facilities within 16 miles.  

Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center (8.5 Miles)

State-designated trauma centers primarily serving military personnel and their dependents

AdventHealth Central Texas Family Medicine Center (7 Miles)

Part of the Advent Healthcare System. Family medicine physicians and nurse practitioners provide comprehensive care. 

Seton Medical Center Harker Heights (16 Miles)

The 83-bed acute care hospital opened in 2012. It is a Level IV Trauma Center and provides a range of services that includes Cardiology, ER, General Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Total Joint Replacement, Gastroenterology, a Women’s Center, and more. 

Urgent Care & Clinics in Copperas Cove:

  • Integrity Urgent Care

  • Copperas Cove VA Clinic

  • Baylor Scott & White Clinic

  • Advent Health Family Medicine Clinic