Texas Safety Rest Areas feature a number of benefits designed to better serve travelers in Texas.

Each of the state's 80 Safety Rest Areas feature restrooms that are open 24 hours daily. Most rest areas have attendants on duty 24 hours a day. The remaining facilities have attendants on duty from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.

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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