If you traveled along the Northway as much as I did growing up, you will remember the Schroon Lake rest stop as a destination to take in the beauty of the lake from high above. 

The southbound rest area was always a special stop coming from Plattsburgh to Utica when I was a child.

The state DOT recently announced the northbound rest stop has new life as a text stop.

While it does not offer the view quite like the southbound stop it does offer a place to pull of the road and stretch your legs.

According to a state DOT news release, the text stop, located between exits 27 and 28, features 13 parking spaces, 4 tractor-trailer parking spaces, picnic tables and cellphone service.

The text stop will not include bathrooms.

The nearest full service rest area is located 17 miles north at the High Peaks rest area in North Hudson.

The previous full service rest area is located between exits 17 and 18 in Warren County and another parking area is located northbound and southbound in Bolton.

The Schroon Lake rest areas were closed in 2010 due to maintenance issues and a lack of funding due to state budget cuts.

In a state DOT news release, Acting Commissioner Cathy Calhoun said, "Motorists should never text while driving, and this new text stop gives them one more location to pull over and check and respond to messages in a safe manner before continuing on their journey."

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the text stop initiative in 2013 in an effort to reduce distracted driving.

As for the southbound rest area, a request for comment on its future has not been returned.

— Adam Colver

Adam Colver is the online editor at The Post-Star. He manages The Post-Star's Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and poststar.com. He can be reached at acolver@poststar.com.

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