Section 11: State and National Parks

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The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) provides an extensive system of guide signs (D7 series) for state parks, and also provides signs for historic sites, National Park Service sites, national forests and grasslands and national wildlife refuges mentioned on the Texas Travel Map.

See the Standard Highway Sign Designs for Texas (SHSD) and the Texas Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (TMUTCD) for sign details.

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Sign Placement

Districts should make sure signing is compatible with the information shown on travel maps issued by TxDOT. On these travel maps, each park is listed and a “near city” is shown. Therefore, as a minimum, each park should be signed from the “near city” without regard to distance, number of routes, or annual attendance. This signing should originate on the closest major route (or routes) in the “near cities.”

Because of park attendance or other factors, signing for a park may extend beyond the “near city.” In addition, if a more direct route to the park is available from a location other than the “near city,” signing from this location is also encouraged.

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