Noisy..but it's a truck stop
In a nutshell, I didn't find much I didn't like at the TA in Corning. As mentioned, it's noisy but it's a truck stop. It would be nice to have more options for hot food in the store. Overall, this place is recommended!
TA Corning, CA Truck Stop
Good Place To Take A Break In Northern Cali
Truck drivers who are used to driving east of the Rocky Mountains are probably used to speed limits higher than 55 mph and, as a result, getting where they need to go a little quicker than is possible on Interstate 5. No matter how you slice it, the trip from Southern California to Portland or the Seattle area can seem to drag on…and on.
Half an hour or so before the freeway begins its northbound climb into the Shasta area is Corning, California – just south of Redding. There, professional drivers have several places to choose from when it comes to parking, including Love’s, Petro and TA truck stops.
Corning’s TA offers 250 big truck parking spaces with 4 of those being their “Reserve-It”, pay-ahead-to-reserve-your-spot type. The spaces are a combination of straight & angled stalls with room for a few bobtails and also oversize loads.
Though the truck stop seems plenty busy all the time, I still saw several parking spaces open when I got up around 1:00 AM to hit the road.
The lot is well-lit, nicely paved and pretty clean. Access is easy from the interstate and the large, open layout makes getting through the lot a piece of cake.
The parking area does border busy I-5, has a lot of in & out traffic and is pretty noisy most of the time.
It’s inviting to see the 14 clean, well-lit diesel fuel lanes all lined up on one side of the main building. The layout for fueling is done nicely with ample room to pull forward and park while getting fuel receipts & a refill on your favorite road beverage.
Just ahead of the pay lanes are several spots (a couple designated handicap spaces) for parking a few minutes longer, in case you need to take care of extra business before getting back on the road.
All fuel lanes offer DEF at the pump, which has become a given considering that’s what the late-model trucks need. Lanes appeared to be maintained & stocked with paper towels, etc.
The restrooms were large enough to accommodate the traffic of a truck stop this size. They were fairly clean, as far as truck stop restrooms go, too. No compliants here!
This TA offers 10 showers for professional drivers and even though they were busy when I arrived, I didn’t have a wait to shower.
The shower room was spacious enough for anyone and stocked with the right stuff. I found clean, warm towels, a sterile plastic drinking cup, travel-size bar of soap and the token mint. Locks on the door worked (yeah, they don’t at many places!) and overall, the room was really clean.
Inside the main building are an Arby’s and a Subway in addition to the hot deli items you’ll generally see at a TA. I chose Arby’s this time and enjoyed a fresh, tasty meal. The dining area has tables & chairs for about 40 people and it stayed pretty busy while I was there.
The store area also has a huge selection of convenience store food, coffee and beverage coolers.
Services I found at the Corning TA were a truckers ministry, a full-service 4-bay truck shop, CAT scale, WiFi internet, a drivers lounge and a laundry.
Across the street are 2 truck washes, a SpeedCo and a couple more fast-food places. The Blue Beacon wash which did a great job making my rig clean & shiny in short order.
Truck stop employees are probably the subject of many jokes but the people are not always so stereotypical. Plenty of friendly staff were working at Corning’s TA, cleaning, stocking and tending to the registers.
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