Several Food Options
Lots of Parking
An older TA location with plenty of room to park outside of the San Antonio area. The food was really good but I almost lost my meal when I walked into the restroom & the odor hit me. You can get a good meal adequate rest here. Not the worst truck stop I have been to, but far from the nicer ones.
TA New Braunfels, TX Truck Stop
The San Antonio area in Texas is gorgeous, in my opinion, but like most of the metro areas down here, it can be hard to find truck parking.
Less than half an hour north of San Antonio on Interstate 35 is the New Braunfels Travel Centers of America (TA) truck stop. It’s easy in & out from I-35’s exit 193.
Let’s check it out…
There are 220 parking spaces at New Braunfel’s TA – a few diagonal spaces in the middle near the south end and the rest are straight-in-back stalls. The spots near the north end are tight, straight-in spaces and with the fact that it’s really not all that well-lit, they can be more challenging in the dark.
I didn’t see any designated bobtail spots, though there are several handicap spaces and TA’s Reserve It spaces near the fuel islands. As for oversize spaces, I’d recommend getting here as early as possible and park where you can. Obviously, parking fills up around dark.
There are 5 fuel islands with DEF on each side of the fuel building for a total of 10. They appeared to be maintained well enough, with water and paper towels and the garbages weren’t quite full. Getting in and out of them is plenty easy.
While I’ll touch on the truck shop later, here I’ll mention there are no restrooms in that building. You need to go into the fuel building or the main store.
Restrooms in the fuel building are small but probably adequate for the traffic. Nothing spectacular, though, and they did not smell pleasant…but the worst was yet to come.
In the main store are the larger restrooms. The layout is roomy and I have to say that both times I went in the men’s room, there was an attendant who was fervently cleaning. Still, the smell nearly knocked me over – like that of a busy outhouse on a hot, summer day.
Out of the 6 stalls in the men’s room, I only found 2 with working doors which would actually “lock” (sort of). The aforementioned attendant had kept the floors mopped nicely, but the stall walls and toilets were disgusting with gunk I don’t want to speculate about smeared and/or splattered on them.
Thankfully, the restroom was stocked with plenty of soap & paper towels.
Anyone who’s been in southern Texas knows how humid it is and can appreciate the availability of the 13 showers at this TA travel center. I didn’t have a wait for my shower in the early afternoon.
Thankfully, the door lock worked and there were towels, a washcloth & bath mat, along with a little mint.
The floor appeared to have been hastily mopped, as I could still see streaks on it but there was visible mildew in the shower & the rest of the room’s flooring.
The toilet may or may not have been “cleaned” but it sure didn’t look like it. I used my handy sanitary wipes on it.
Inside the main building is a Country Pride restaurant, a Popeye’s Louisiana Kitchen and a Subway. I tried the Country Pride one day and Popeye’s the next and found them both to be really good.
In short, there are plenty of options for something hot to eat here.
I found a laundry room, driver’s lounge with TV, game room, Verizon store and trucker’s ministry in the main building.
The Truck Shop has 6 service bays and they’re pretty busy all the time. A CAT scale is also available on the east side of the fuel islands.
The truck stop is located less than a mile from a couple of shopping centers & a large movie theater in New Braunfels. So, if you find yourself stuck here for a while, there are options for other things to do.
I noticed a lot of staff working at the New Braunfels TA and they all were friendly and courteous. Everywhere I went, it seemed someone was mopping the floor. Plenty of folks were staffing the restaurants and the cashier desk in the main building.
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