Rest Areas-USA Discussion

 

This thread is for discussing the Rest Areas USA POI files location changes only. Any questions or concerns in regards to the formatting or management of these files should be sent directly to me via my contact tab.

The Rest Areas file is maintained through the generous volunteer efforts of POI Factory member(s), so please be courteous and patient in awaiting adjustments to location change notifications.

~Angela

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BC Rest Areas

mahoney wrote:

No, it doesn't. The file includes the rest areas in 49 states in the US.

However, there is a file available on this site that shows a listing of 177 rest areas in BC. See the following:

http://www.poi-factory.com/node/46366

remember

Not my circus not my monkeys ha

Listing of Montana rest areas added to the file.

MT,US-212,NB/SB,ROBERTS REST AREA, MM84.4
MT,US-310,NB/SB,BRIDGER REST AREA, MM 29
MT,US-89,NB/SB,DUPUYER REST AREA, MM76
MT,US-89,NB,EMIGRANT REST AREA, MM23
MT,US-89,SB,EMIGRANT REST AREA LEFT EXIT, MM23
MT,US-93, NB/SB,LOSS TRAIL PASS REST AREA, MM0.0
MT,US-12,EB/WB,HARLOWTON CITY PARK REST AREA, MM101
MT,MT-200,EB/WB,CLEARWATER JUNCTION REST AREA, MM32
MT,MT-200,EB/WB,MOSBY REST AREA, MM158.5
MT,MT-200,EB/WB,FLOWING WELLS REST AREA, MM248.6 -19 MILES WEST OF BROCKWAY
MT,MT-41,NB/SB,TWIN BRIDGES CITY PARK REST AREA, MM42
MT,US-12,EB/WB,TURNOUT HISTORICAL MARKER, 1/4 MILE WEST OF POWDER RIVER
MT-US-2,EB/WB,MALTA TURNOUT, MM471.8

Thank You for keeping this

Thank You for keeping this file updated

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NickJr Nuvi 3597LMT

Additions to the Rest Area Files

Rest Areas with RR file:

MI,US-2,EB/WB,GROS CAP ROADSIDE PARK, 8 MILES WEST OF ST IGNACE
[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|SCENIC VIEW

Rest Areas Combined file:

MI,US-2,EB/WB,GROS CAP ROADSIDE PARK, 8 MILES WEST OF ST IGNACE
[RR,PT,,Pets,HF]|SCENIC VIEW

MI,US-2,EB/WB,ROADSIDE TURNOUT, 2.5 MILES WEST OF I-75 (ST IGNACE) [NO RESTROOMS,[PT,, Pets]|SCENIC VIEW

Latest Update

1. CALIFORNIA REST AREAS

UPDATED THE OPEN/CLOSED STATUS OF THESE REST AREAS. ALSO VERIFIED THE LISTINGS OF THE FACILITIES THAT ARE AVAILABLE AT THE REST AREAS. THIS WAS ACCOMPLISHED BY COMPARING THE FILE TO THE DATA LISTED
ON THE WEBSITE. IF ANY USER FINDS ANY ERRORS IN THESE LISTINGS, PLEASE LET ME KNOW.

2. NC,I-85,SB,WELCOME CENTER

CORRECTED THE NAME TO WARREN COUNTY WELCOME CENTER, MISIDENTIFIED AS THE NORTHHAMPTON COUNTY REST AREA.
IN ADDITION, CORRECTED THE COORDINATES.

Closed: OK,I-40,EB,SHAWNEE REST, MM197

FYI we attempted to stop here today but it is closed, and looks like it has been for a long time (maybe permanently). The WB rest area is already listed as closed.

OK,I-40,EB,SHAWNEE REST, MM197

Thank you for all you do maintaining this POI file!

my .02

for rest room purposes, OK, but even then, I watch my back.

back in my college days I thought nothing about sleeping in a vehicle. There was always shady stuff going on at rest areas. but after Michael Jordan's dad, it came to the forefront.

I still slept in cars after that time and remember one incident where a VT State Trooper's vehicle was parked right next to me when I awoke, with nobody else in the rest area, and no trooper to be found. I had always thought in my mind that was somehow to protect me? Or arrest me (although no reason to), one or the other, but protect makes more sense.

For the last 20 years I would not feel safe at any rest area other than if it were one of those with fast food etc. Not even in a RV etc. or a tractor for that matter.

Guess I am too paranoid?

OK,I-40,EB,SHAWNEE REST AREA,MM197

liferebooted,

Thanks for the input. I will mark this rest area as closed. I tried researching for info regarding the long term status of this rest area without success. Maybe one of the factory members knows the status and can add to this.

Abbott Texas Rest Areas

Hi,

Thanks for maintaining these POIs!!

There are two new rest areas on I-35 north of Abbott Texas. This is my first update, so I included links to TXDOT with details on the rest areas so you could verify my work smile

Hill County Northbound
Latitude = 31.9118 Longitude = -97.0951
Milepost: 362A
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/safety_rest_areas/srahome...

-97.0951,31.9118,"TX,I-35,NB,HILL COUNTY REST AREA, MM362A","[RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|"

Hill County Southbound
Latitude = 31.9302 Longitude = -97.1039
Milepost: 362A
http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/safety_rest_areas/srahome...

-97.1039,31.9302,"TX,I-35,SB,HILL COUNTY REST AREA, MM362A","[RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|"

Hill County Rest Areas, I-35,Texas

barrettjl,

Thanks for the input. Both of these rest areas are presently in the file. However, it appears that the coordinates and the MM listed are incorrect. I will make the corrections

Updates to Texas Rest areas

Thanks mahoney!

I have a few more updates based on checking the Texas POIs against http://www.dot.state.tx.us/apps-cg/safety_rest_areas/sraloca...

Update POI
-95.2797,32.0294,"TX,US-69,NB,CHEROKEE COUNTY REST AREA","[RR,PT,VM,,HF]|"
-95.2797,32.0294,"TX,US-69,SB,CHEROKEE COUNTY REST AREA-LEFT EXIT","[RR,PT,VM,,HF]|"

Delete POI
There are two entries for this rest area, and this one is an incorrect location (the other one is correct).
-94.862007,30.836388,"TX,US-59,NB,VICTORIA COUNTY REST AREA","[RR,PT,,,HF]|"

New POI
-95.8178,33.1308,"TX,IH-30,EB,HOPKINS COUNTY REST AREA, MM111","[RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|"
-95.8178,33.1308,"TX,IH-30,WB,HOPKINS COUNTY REST AREA, MM111","[RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|"
-97.7187,26.1892,"TX,US-77/83, HARLINGEN TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER","[RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|"
-96.822,28.8914,"TX,US-59,SB,VICTORIA COUNTY REST AREA","[RR,PT,VM,,HF]|"

Updates To Texas Rest Areas

barrettjl,

Thanks for the input. My responses are as follows:

Under Update POI
The coordinates in the file were incorrect. I have made the corrections for these 2 rest areas. However, I did use coord at the entrance to these rest areas off of hwy US-69 and not within the rest areas. I did this for the users that use proximity alerts.

Under Delete POI
The two entries were not suppose to be duplicates. One was for EB and the other for WB. I corrected the coordinates.

Under New POI
I added both the Hopkins County Rest Areas.
I added the Harlingen Travel Information Center.
Note:This location is in an area with cross street/highways
and the actual address is included. In addition, the
word "address" is listed in Column C. Using GE, I
could not find any signs on US77/83 indicating
directions to this Information Center.
For the Victoria County Rest area, see comments under Delete POI

So many rest areas are

So many rest areas are closed it’s hard to keep track of them all.

--
Lifetime NRA & USPSA member

Closed Rest Areas??

If you have any status on rest areas, please let me know.

Two closed Texas Rest Areas

Thanks for making the previous updates mahoney!

These two rest areas are closed (buildings are gone, ramps are blocked off)

-95.288895 33.165003 TX,I-30,EB,FRANKLIN COUNTY REST AREA, MM143 [RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|
-95.283378 33.164967 TX,I-30,WB,FRANKLIN COUNTY REST AREA, MM143 [RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|

CLOSED TEXAS REST AREAS

Thanks, I will mark those as closed.

Massachuetts REST AREAS I-195

While traveling, user Davecantor noticed this specific rest area (RI,I-195,REST AREA, MM2.5), is actually in MA and not RI and that it is presently closed with barricades at both the entrance and exit. I have made the the changes to show that this rest area is in MA and is presently closed. In addition, I used google earth to
determine that the MM needed to be changed from 2.5 to 6.0. It now reads (MA,I-195, Closed REST AREA, MM6.0)

As a result of this, I looked at the official MA website for any additional rest areas located on I-195. I found that 5 rest areas are listed:

I-195 Northbound-Mile Marker 2.5- Rest Area
I-195 Southbound-Milw Marker 2.5- Rest Area
I-195 Northbound-Mile Marker 6.0- Rest Area
I-195 Southbound-Mile Marker 6.0- Rest Area
I-195 Mile Marker 37- Rest Area
Google earth indicates this rest area at MM37 is Northbound access only.

As shown, none of these "rest areas" have any details listed. Using GE, I have listed what I believe to be the facilities available at each of them.
The rest area at Northbound,MM2.5 has a Weigh station sign and the Southbounb,MM2.5 has a closed sign at entrance. Neither of these appear to have restroom so they will not be listed in the file "REST AREAS WITH RESTROOMS".
ALL 5 will be added to the (COMBINED FILE) and I have included the listing of what I believe is available at the remaining 3.

Plese take advantage of the following note.

NOTE: IF ANYONE TRAVELS ALONG THIS INTERSTATE, I WOULD APPRECIATE ANY INPUT REGARDING THEM.

I very briefly thought about traveling to this area to obtain the specifics, but since my home is in east central Florida, that idea disappeared quickly. But seriously, if there are any members that live or travel in this vicinity, please take note of them. I appreciate any help in helping to keep these files updated.

TN interstate rest areas

Updated the status of the TN interstate rest areas and added the I-81 jefferson county rest area MM2.

MUST HAVE

This is one of my "MUST HAVE" poi files. Red Light Cameras and Rest Areas are two I don't leave home without. Hopefully this stooooooooooooooopid virus will be under control one day and we can go back to making cross-country camping trips. POI Factory files have been invaluable for those trips whether the info is for the US or Canada.

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File update

1.Updated the open/close status for the rest areas.

2.Added the PA welcome center, located on I-95, NB, MM0.5

TX,I-35,SB,GAINESVILLE TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER, MM502

MAIN ENTRANCE TO THIS REST AREA IS LOCATED AT MM502 AND THE COORDINATES WERE RECENTLY COORECTED BY REXDEE.
AS A RESULT OF THIS CORRECTION AND LOOKING AT GOOGLE EARTH, A 2ND ENTRANCE (BACK ENTRANCE) IS APPARENTLY AVAILABLE VIA THE FRONTAGE
ROAD AT MM504. THIS BACK ENTRANCE HAS A SMALL PARKING AREA (ONLY 10 SPACES) FOR CARS ONLY.
A SHORT WALK PROVIDES ACCESS TO ALL FACILITIES AT THIS REST AREA.
UPON LEAVING THIS SMALL PARKING AREA, JUST TURN LEFT AND PROCEED
SOUTH FOR 1.25 MILES TO RETURN TO I-35 SB.

IN ORDER TO ADD THIS LISTING AT MM504, IS THERE ANYONE LIVING OR TRAVELING IN THIS AREA THAT CAN POSSIBLY CONFIRM THIS?

Isn't this maybe just for

Isn't this maybe just for employee access?

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Frank DriveSmart55 37.322760, -79.511267

Employee access

I was thinking the same thing when I was looking at Google Earth, but I did not see any sign that prohibited travelers from using this small parking area. I was hoping that someone would possibly have first hand knowledge of this.

Decided to make a call to this Rest Area for the information. It is there for employee access, however, travelers can also make use of this
small parking area. Just observe the same regulations as the main parking area.

As a result, I will be adding this back parking area to the Rest Area Files

Additional Rest Areas added to file.

-84.628631 41.997395 MI,US-12,EB/WB,JONESVILLE ROADSIDE PARK,2 MILES EAST OF JONESVILLE RR,PT,,PETS,HF
-85.073511 43.188682 MI,SR-66,NB/SB,SHERIDAN ROADSIDE PARK,1 MILE SOUTH OF SHERIDAN RR,PT,,PETS,HF
-85.024347 42.105972 MI,SR 60,EB/WB,BURLINGTON ROADSIDE PARK,2 MILES WEST OF I-69 RR,PT,,PETS,HF
-83.875827 44.038397 MI,US-23,NB/SB,OMER ROADSIDE PARK,1 MILE SW OF OMER RR,PT,,PETS,HF
-82.610672 43.717182 MI,SR-25,NB/SB,WHITE ROCK ROADSIDE PARK,1/2 MILE NORTH OF WHITE ROCK RR,PT,,PETS,HF|TRAILS-SCENIC VIEW LAKE HURON
-82.540375 43.403005 MI,SR-25,NB/SB,LAKE HURON ROADSIDE PARK,2 MILE SOUTH OF PORT SANILAC|SCENIC VIEW LAKE HURON
-86.232793 44.519574 MI,SR 22,NB/SB,ARCADIA SCENIC TURNOUT,2 MILES NORTH OF ARCADIA NO RR,PT,,PETS |SCENIC VIEW OF LAKE MICHIGAN
-81.154305 25.868924 FL,US-41,EB/WB,KIRBY STORTER ROADSIDE PARK, 10 MILES EAST OF OCHOPEE MM62.5 RR(VT),PT,,PETS,HF|SCENIC TRAIL
-81.26246 25.887963 FL,US-41,EB/WB,HP WILLIAMS ROADSIDE PARK, 2 MILES EAST OF OCHOPEE MM69.5 RR,PT,,PETS,HF|WILDLIFE VIEWING
-81.032108 25.857039 FL,US-41,EB/WB,THE OASIS VISITOR CENTER,MM54.8 RR,PT,,PETS,HF|WILDLIFE VIEWING
-97.160828 33.726112 TX,I-35,SB,REAR ENTRANCE TO GAINESVILLE TRAVEL CENTER,MM504 [RR,PT,VM,,HF]|WIFI,CARS ONLY 10 SPACES,UPON LEAVING TURN LEFT ON FRONTAGE RD TO ACCESS I-35 SB

Butte LA Rest Areas update

Looking at Google Earth, I decided to move the coordinates for both the EB an WB rest areas/Welcome Ctr. I have placed these new
coordinates at the Interstate sign showing the name of the rest areas. It is shown as the ATCHAFALAYA WELCOME CENTER. I added
this name to Column D since it is also listed as BUTTE LA ROSE REST AREA as listed in Column C.
I also updated the facilities. Added VM (vending machines) and also removed the statement (RV Dump)
Access to either of these rest aresa are via Exit 121. Therefore the MM was changed to MM 121.

New changes/additions

Received from Jzarick;

RELOCATIONS:
-104.876762 41.059544 WY,ADDRESS,,WYOMING WELCOME CENTER, MM4 [RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|RV Dump, 5611 High Plains Rd, Cheyenne,WY 82007
-104.881969 41.058355 WY,I-25,NB,WYOMING WELCOME CENTER-FOLLOW SIGNS, MM4 [RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|RV Dump
-104.871691 41.064729 WY,I-25,SB,WYOMING WELCOME CENTER-FOLLOW SIGNS, MM4 [RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|RV Dump

ADDITIONS:
-103.0918542 41.88429731 NE,US-385,NB/SB, REST AREA, 3 MILES NORTH OF ANGORA [NO RESTROOMS,PT,, Pets]|
-111.050473 41.248896 WY,I-80,EB,EVANSTON PORT OF ENTRY TRUCK PARKING ONLY, MM1 [RR (IF OPEN)]|NO CARS
-111.050473 41.248896 WY,I-80,EB,EVANSTON PORT OF ENTRY TRUCK PARKING ONLY, MM1 [RR (IF OPEN)]|NO CARS
-107.980497 41.67797 WY,I-80,,TRUCK PARKING FOLLOW SIGNS, MM173 [NO FACILITIES],,,,|
107.983684 41.67269 WY,I-80,EB,TRUCK PARKING FOLLOW SIGNS, MM173 [NO FACILITIES],,,,|
-107.976811 41.676773 WY,I-80,WB,TRUCK PARKING FOLLOW SIGNS, MM173 [NO FACILITIES],,,,|
-104.856103 41.079068 WY,I-25,NB, CHEYENNE PORT OF ENTRY TRUCK PARKING ONLY, MM6.5 [RR (IF OPEN)]|NO CARS
-107.007054 44.884678 WY,ADDRESS, SHERIDAN PORT OF ENTRY TRUCK PARKING ONLY, MM1 [RR (IF OPEN)]|81 State Hwy 339, Sheridan,WY|NO CARS
-107.000926 44.879376 WY,I-90,WB, SHERIDAN PORT OF ENTRY TRUCK PARKING ONLY FOLLOW SIGNS, MM16 [RR (IF OPEN)[|NO CARS
-107.009035 44.889219 WY,I-90,EB, SHERIDAN PORT OF ENTRY TRUCK PARKING ONLY FOLLOW SIGNS, MM16 [RR (IF OPEN)[|NO CARS

convert cvs to gpx

different software that I use will not convert ???

TRUCK COMFORT STATIONS IN FLORIDA

The present file has 17 of these in the file and all are located on Interstates I-10, I-4, I-75 and I-95.

These have previously been noted on the file download page and have been in the file for a number of past revisions.

A user recently sent me a comment that one of these caused a little confusion when the GPS Alert stated restroom ahead and expected it to accomodate all travelers not just trucks.

Looking at the present listings, I have the County listed first, for example:

Column C: FL,I-10,EB,ESCAMBIA COUNTY TRUCK COMFORT STATION, MM3

To differentiate these from all of the other rest areas, I believe that listing TRUCK COMFORT STATION followed by the County name will help to minimize any confusion for these specific Truck Comfort Stations.

Column C: FL,I-10,EB,TRUCK COMFORT STATION ESCAMBIA COUNTY, MM3

Looking at the GPS when traveling, will show quicker that this is in fact a Truck Comfort Station.

During this review, I also found 3 additional Truck Comfort Stations for a total of 20.

The problem I have with most

The problem I have with most of the POI files is that the relevant information one needs, when on the road, requires the driver to access the GPS to switch to a different line to see it. IE, the RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF,TRUCKS. That is not driver friendly or safe. IMHO, it would be much better to have that info appear when the rest area is alerted so that it only required the driver to glance at it to determine if it was what is needed. The info about where it is is not relevant. If you don't know what state, or road you are traveling in/on you shouldn't be driving. The direction of travel should also be listed up front as there are some RAs that are only on one side but still produce an alert if traveling in the opposite direction.
So, column C would read "WB,TO,RR,,VM,Pets" - (TO=trucks only) and column D would have the other info.

Suggested update for NB Bell County Rest Area

Hi,

The GPS Coordinates on this entry are actually on I35 SB, so when traveling northbound, navigation routes a U-turn at the next exit.

-97.562541,30.899805,"TX,I-35,NB,BELL COUNTY REST AREA, MM281","[RR,PT,VM,Pets,HF]|"

I think better coordinates would be something like -97.565285, +30.896536, which are actually on I35 NB smile

Bell County Rest Area in Texas, NB

Hi barrettjl,

Thanks for the correction. Looking at google earth, I also noticed that the SB coordinates were also incorrect. I will make the changes.

Latest changes to both Rest Area Files.

TX Rest Areas - Used Google Earth to verify the coordinates of all rest areas with restrooms and corrected/adjusted as reqd.

Added these rest areas
TX,I-35,SB,LA SALLE COUNTY REST AREA, MM58
TX,I-35,NB,LAREDO TRAVEL INFORMATION CENTER-FOLLOW SIGNS, MM18
TX,US-277,NB,HASKELL COUNTY REST AREA-LEFT EXIT
TX,US 82,EB,KNOX COUNTY REST AREA-LEFT EXIT

VT Rest Areas

VT,US-4,EB,VERMONT WELCOME CENTER
VT,US-4,WB,VERMONT WELCOME CENTER-LEFT TURN

UT Rest Areas - A number of Interstate I-15 Rest areas were listed as I-15/84. With the exception of

UT,I-15/84,NB,PERRY REST AREA, MM361
UT,I-15/84,SB,BRIGHAM CITY WELCOME CENTER, MM369

the others should have been labeled as I-15. These were corrected.

VT Rest areas no restrooms

VT,I-91,NB,PARKING AREA, MM22
VT,I-91,SB,PARKING AREA, MM23.8
VT,I-91,NB,PARKING AREA, MM39
VT,I-91,SB,PARKING AREA, MM39.4

TX Rest areas no restrooms

TX,US-90,EB/WB,PICNIC AREA 15 MILES EAST OF UVALDE
TX,US-90,EB/WB,PICNIC AREA 6 MILES EAST OF BRACKETTVILLE
TX,US-90,EB/WB,PICNIC AREA 7 MILES WEST OF BRACKETTVILLE

Very helpful - thanks for

Very helpful - thanks for taking this on!

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Garmin Drive Smart 61 NA LMT-S

Rest Stops

Yes - thank you for keeping this up-to-date. I typically end up using this file on every multi-state trip.

Rest Stops

Yes - thank you for keeping this up-to-date. I typically end up using this file on every multi-state trip.

The Best

These are my most used and favorite POI files.

Thanks!!!!!

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GPSMAP64s, iPhone 12, Yaesu VX-8R w/GPS.

Fantastic Job - Best POIs Available

We use these POIs the most of any we have!!!!

Could not be without them!

Keep up the GREAT WORK!

Thanks to all

who maintain the database. Use it all the time traveling between CA and CO.

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Steve - 2 Nuvi 3597
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