Craving Beaver Nuggets? Road trip from original Buc-ee’s to the newest, stopping only at Buc-ee’s

With earth being turned, time is running out to visit the original Buc-ee’s Travel Center in Luling before its replaced. But what better way to memorialize it and kickoff summer than by road-tripping from the OG store to the newest, making plenty of pit stops along the way — only at Buc-ee’s, of course.

The 1,145-mile trip is definitely possible if you’re willing to accept that challenge, but it may require some fuel-conscious driving for one long stretch. From Luling to the Baytown Buc-ee’s, it’s a brisk 159 miles, but from there to the Robertsdale, Alabama Buc-ee’s it’s a 467-mile marathon.

A Buc-ee’s is planned for Pass Christian, Mississippi and will break that hike into a more manageable stretch while also giving those of us with a lead foot a break, even if gas prices won’t.

From Robertsdale, it’s a jaunt up to Buc-ee’s in Leeds, Alabama before the final stretch through Chattanooga on the way to Buc’ee’s newest location in Crossville, Tennessee.

Slated for a late June opening, the Crossville Buc-ee’s will be a massive 53,400 square-foot gas station with 120 gas pumps. It will offer the same Texas BBQ, Beaver Nuggets, Buc-ee’s merchandise, drinks, and snacks fans expect from other locations.

While I’ll always congratulate the rest of country when it gets a taste of Texas barbecue, the Tennessee store will also create 175 jobs in the Crossville area.

“Crossville is in the heart of such a beautiful community, located just about halfway between Nashville and Knoxville,” says Buc-ee’s director of real estate, Stan Beard, in a news release. “Whether folks are headed to Music City, the Great Smoky Mountains or beyond, Buc-ee’s Crossville will now provide a delicious, safe, and fun place to stop.”

Buc-ees serves up a number of food options, including barbecue. 

Buc-ees serves up a number of food options, including barbecue. 

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He goes on to say, “there’s never been a better time to be in Tennessee.” Which, to be fair, is probably true now that they have some honest Texas barbecue sauce on their fingertips.

Another Tennessee Buc-ee’s is under construction in Sevierville as well and is set to become the largest Buc-ee’s in the company. That was until Buc-ee’s announced last week that the “Biggest Buc-ee’s” would replace the original travel center in Luling.

The current titleholder for biggest Buc-ee’s is held by none other than the New Braunfels store, at least until Sevierville claims it for a bit. I guess we can learn to share, but we’ll be needing that title back shortly.

   With Buc-ee's expanding, it's business now includes 35 locations across Texas, with outposts in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. This year, Kentucky and South Carolina opened their first Buc-ee's.

   With Buc-ee’s expanding, it’s business now includes 35 locations across Texas, with outposts in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. This year, Kentucky and South Carolina opened their first Buc-ee’s.

Gabriel Romero

With Buc-ee’s expanding, it’s business now includes 35 locations across Texas, with outposts in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia. This year, Kentucky and South Carolina opened their first Buc-ee’s as well, with another planned for Colorado.

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