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Safety Rest Areas: Bell County Northbound

(Newly constructed facility opened Fall 2008)
Bell County Southbound is the partner for Bell County Northbound
2 sets of Men's and Women's Restrooms Drinking Water Family/Assisted Restroom Handicap Access Picnic Tables Storm Shelter

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Night view near the front entrance
Bell County Safety Rest Area - night view
View toward the grist mill exhibit display
View inside the lobby
spacer Bell County Safety Rest Area - Northbound
Bell County Safety Rest Area - Northbound


  • IH 35 - Northbound, approximately 2 miles south of Salado, midway between Austin and Waco
  • Latitude = 30.9001 Longitude = -97.5623
  • Milepost: 281


  • 2 sets of Men's and Women's Restrooms
  • Picnic Tables
  • Air-conditioned lobby and restrooms
  • Playground
  • Drinking Water
  • Separate Truck and Passenger Parking
  • Family/Assisted Restroom
  • Storm Shelter
  • Group Picnic Facility
  • Vending Machines
  • Handicap Access



    • Bell County was named after Peter H. Bell, Governor of Texas from 1849 to 1853
    • Newly constructed facility opened Fall 2008. The architectural design was inspired by the many grist mills that once stood along nearby Salado Creek
    • Located near Salado, a picturesque, historic village on Salado Creek. Salado Creek was the first designated Texas natural landmark in 1966