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Tennessee Rest Stops

Tennessee Rest Stops

Tennessee's highways wind through rolling hills, lush forests, and vibrant cities, and the state's rest areas are designed to offer a peaceful respite for travelers on these roads. The Tennessee Department of Transportation maintains 19 rest areas and 16 welcome centers, all of which except one welcome center along I-40 East are open and staffed 24/7. While each of these stops is perfect for those looking for a break, keep in mind that there are no dump stations available and no overnight parking is allowed.

Here’s a guide to some of the most notable rest stops in Tennessee that provide a safe and comfortable place to rest, refresh, and learn more about what the state has to offer.

Bristol / Sullivan County Welcome Center – Sullivan

At the eastern entrance of the state on I-81, the Bristol / Sullivan County Welcome Center greets travelers with many amenities, including:

  • Clean restrooms (open 24/7)
  • Picnic areas
  • Drinking water
  • Vending machines
  • Travel and tourist information
  • Ample parking for cars, trucks, and RVs

I-40 Cumberland County Rest Area – Cumberland

Located in the heart of Tennessee on Interstate 40, the Cumberland County Rest Areas (with both eastbound and westbound access) offer a quiet spot to break from the drive through the state's plateau region. Facilities include:

  • Well-maintained restrooms
  • Vending machines
  • Picnic spots with scenic surroundings
  • Separate parking areas for various vehicle types

Memphis / Shelby County Welcome Center – Memphis

For those entering Tennessee from Arkansas on I-40, the Memphis / Shelby County Welcome Center stands ready to provide comfort and convenience. The center features:

  • Restrooms
  • Picnic areas
  • Drinking water
  • Tourist information, along with details on cultural and tourist attractions

Ardmore / Giles County Welcome Center – Giles

A preferred stop for truck drivers on I-65, the Ardmore / Giles County Welcome Center provides a comfortable and secure place to rest, featuring:

  • Clean and spacious restrooms
  • Picnic areas and drinking water
  • Vending machines
  • A large parking lot for trucks

Chattanooga / Hamilton County Welcome Center – Hamilton

Located near Chattanooga, less than a mile north of the Georgia state line, this welcome center is valued for its accessibility and comprehensive facilities. It offers:

  • Well-maintained restrooms
  • Ample parking for large vehicles
  • Picnic tables
  • Vending machines and water fountains
  • Information kiosks with maps and local attraction details

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