TURNOUTS AND REST AREAS IN NATIONAL PARKS

HIGHWAYS WITHIN NATIONAL PARKS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN PROVIDED WITH FREQUENT SAFETY AND SCENIC TURNOUTS. THE USUAL PARK ROAD IS IN ROUGH TOPOGRAPHY, SHOULDERS ARE NECESSARILY NARROW, AND EMERGENCY PARKING OF DISABLED VEHICLES IS PROVIDED FOR ON OCCASIONAL SURFACED TURNOUTS WELL OFF THE TRAVELED WAY. TURNOUT LOCATIONS, AS A RULE, ARE SELECTED AT PLACES WHERE TOURISTS TEND TO STOP. FINE VIEWS, SHADE TREES, LAKE AND STREAM SHORES, AND OTHER NATURAL FEATURES, AS WELL AS HISTORIC SITES, ARE OCCASIONS FOR TURNOUT SITE SELECTION. TURNOUTS ARE ALSO PROVIDED TO SUPPLY WATER TO VEHICLES ON LONG MOUNTAIN GRADES. THE SIZE OF THE SCENIC TURNOUT AREA ON A NATIONAL-PARK ROAD IS USUALLY DETERMINED BY WHAT IS CONSIDERED THE DRAWING POWER OF THE SITE ITSELF. REST AREAS ARE DISTINGUISHED FROM TURNOUTS ON PARK ROADS BY THE FACT THAT REST AREAS ARE PROVIDED WITH PICNIC TABLES, BENCHES, FIREPLACES, WATER, AND TOILET FACILITIES. AS A POLICY, THE SERVICE FAVORS RELATIVELY LARGE, WELL-EQUIPPED REST AREAS AT SELECTED LOCATIONS, RATHER THAN A LARGE NUMBER OF SMALLER AREAS. IT IS BELIEVED THAT CLOSE OBSERVATION OF DRIVER HABITS ON THE ROAD, COMBINED WITH THE SERVICES OF PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED LANDSCAPE PERSONNEL, IS THE KEY TO GOOD TURNOUT AND REST-AREA DESIGN. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • No 222, pp 4-5
  • Authors:
    • Wirth, C L
  • Publication Date: 1952

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  • Accession Number: 00205042
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 15 1971 12:00AM