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Old 03-11-2015, 12:27 PM   #1
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Is overnight parking permitted at Texas interstate highway rest stops? This isn't clear from the highway department's web page. And-- if it is permitted, is it safe?


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Old 03-11-2015, 12:38 PM   #2
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I know some are posted "no overnight parking," but perhaps it depends on the rest area.

I wouldn't do it, in either case - although I'm conservative about such things.

I'd think you'd be better off at a truck stop (such as Flying J). I know they can be noisy, but I doubt a rest area is quiet, either.

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Old 03-11-2015, 12:47 PM   #3
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It was my understanding that Texas has one of the most travel user friendly policies of any state. I believe that we found, when researching different state policies, that Texas actually allows generous stops at any state properties. We certainly had no issues at any of the places we stayed.

Maybe things have changed but a little more digging might be productive.

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Old 03-11-2015, 07:21 PM   #4
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There are some really big rest stops on some of the interstates and they are very nice facilities. I have seen trailers and RV's parked overnight at those. The big ones are very well lit and I believe would be quite safe. I think with some internet research, you can locate these sites.

Texas also has some very small rest stops with no lighting at all.... not so good for overnight.
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Old 03-11-2015, 08:00 PM   #5
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Texas allows overnight parking at any rest area operated by TXDOT. There may be one or two with a 'no overnight parking' sign but I have not seen them. I posted a map of the Rest Areas below. We have never had a problem parking overnight at any Texas Rest Area. They are generally well lit and relatively safe, and Texas has spent millions in the last several years "updating" them. We often stop at the one near Seguin on I-10 on our way to Houston, because it is staffed by volunteers who usually have some freebies like a cold drink, a sandwich, a cup of coffee and some friendly conversation. We even had a spaghetti dinner at one of the rest stops free of charge. There are still a few that have not been renovated or expanded, but those are generally the I-10 corridor and I-20 corridor west of I-35. One tip: If you are towing a trailer it's best to use the "trucks" side of the rest area rather than "cars" side. The spaces are pull through and it's easy in, easy out.
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