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Safety Rest Areas: Bell County Southbound

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

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View of vending area inside the lobby
Bell County Safety Rest Area - night view
View of the new restroom
Interactive exhibit display of a grist mill in the lobby
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Bell County Safety Rest Area, Southbound


  • IH 35 - Southbound, approximately 2 miles south of Salado, midway between Austin and Waco
  • Latitude = 30.9137 Longitude = -97.5508
  • Milepost: 282


  • 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
  • Handicap Access
  • Vending Machines
  • Interpretive Displays



    • 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