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Big Walker Lookout

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Address: 8711 Stony Fork Road, Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone Number: 276-663-4016
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Description: Big Walker Lookout is the designated overlook of the Big Walker Mountain...
Big Walker Lookout is the designated overlook of the Big Walker Mountain National Forest Scenic Byway that is on US-52 between exit 52 & exit 47 of I-77 in Virginia between Bland, Va & Wytheville, Va. It is just 12 miles north of I-81 from exit 70. This is one of the few accessable places in the east where you have a 360 degree view of the mountain valleys & farm-scapes of the Appalachian Mountains. Big Walker Lookout features the BW Country Store with 25+ artisans & crafters' handmade works. It is a Crooked Road Affiliated Venue that features free, live concerts every Saturady & Sunday from May through October. We also feature artists & crafters demonstrating their talents on the front porch every weekend throughout the spring, summer & fall. We feature homemade ice cream, farm fresh fudge & delicious chocolates. It is a great hiking, biking and trail biking trail-head for beginner & expert adventurers. Big Walker is a historic pass where, during the Civil War, Molly Tynes traveled to Wytheville to warn of the impending Toland's Raid. It is a Virginia Birding and Wildlife view area and a raptor migration path. Come by for a visit. We are open year round 10-5 and later in the summer.
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My wife and I were visiting Wytheville with another couple and we saw the advertisement for the Big Walker Lookout and Country Store. Big Walker Lookout is about 12 miles north... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Chesterfield, Virginia
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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

A 100' tower on the top of a mountain, what a view!!! The climb will have you a little winded but the reward is the spectacular view. Someone said you can see four states from here. The cost is $5.00 to climb the tower and worth it. The little general store is also pretty neat with a lot of local... More 

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Wytheville, Virginia, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

I live in the area and visit this location a few times a year. It's not only a great tourist stop in Southwest VA, they host some wonderful weekend events including local music, local authors, artists and more! I especially enjoy their seasonal selection of ice cream! The lemon crunch is the best! Also offered among the tourism items (like... More 

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Folkestone, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

If you are short of time on your visit to the Wytheville, Virginia, area - DON'T MISS THIS STOP! Built atop a hill, the fabulous and quaint gift shop features absolutely YUMMY ice cream by the scoop; as well as booths stocked by local artisans with every sort of craft and memorabilia item you could ask for to remind you... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

Stopped on our way home, from the bristol race. First the drive up the mountain is amazing. The view at the top is unbelievable. When you walk in the country store it's like walking back in time. if you are traveling I 77 you must take a hour and visit this

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Madison, Wisconsin, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

218 steps up + 5 states visible at once = one happy family! This is worth the trip. We also found the history of this place really cool. (we stumbled upon a historical recap display with photos on the back wall of the General Store)

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ANDERSON
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15 reviews 15 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

Great views from just about any angle you could imagine. The women at the little trinket shop were very friendly. The roads up to this place on either side of the mountain area great, if you like the twisties ;-)

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Chesterfield, Virginia
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72 reviews 72 reviews
35 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My wife and I were visiting Wytheville with another couple and we saw the advertisement for the Big Walker Lookout and Country Store. Big Walker Lookout is about 12 miles north of Wytheville on Route 52. Route 52 is a two lane winding mountainous road. Big Walker Lookout is 3,405 above sea level and purportedly is Virginia's oldest privately owned... More 

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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this review

Thank you for your very nice review. Yes, our tower wall really looks bad now but we have plans to put up a new wall this spring. We had to tear down the old cinder block one as it was leaning from freeze and thaw cycles. And you are correct that the tower is embedded in solid rock and was... More 

Bangkok
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 via mobile

Great ice cream and music. Very friendly staff and great views. One of the best places on rtrout. 52

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Leesburg, United States
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014 via mobile

if you want a southern country mountain road this is it. Wish it wasn't foggy because the view is probably awesome. Take 52 to wytheville... The last part of the drive is pretty

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Wytheville, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I have spent many Sunday afternoons browsing the shop and relaxing atop the mountain. Came here as a kid when there was a sky lift.

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