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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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Worth the Drive!

This site was recommended by he locals and is certainly worth the drive. We didn't spend time in the gift shop because the tower and bridge were the best parts! The tower is a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This site was recommended by he locals and is certainly worth the drive. We didn't spend time in the gift shop because the tower and bridge were the best parts! The tower is a little climb but well worth the views!! The suspension bridge is a fun addition to the climb.

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Raleigh, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

The store was interesting. A lot of the objects were dated. There was some interesting history on a board near the back. Disappointed to see so many items made in other countries. The ice cream was good according to my husband but far overpriced. He got a small kid cone with one spoonful of ice cream. We bought great ice... More 

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We stopped here on our way from WV to NC. It’s a great stop/detour off the freeway. The general store has homemade crafts, souvenirs, ice cream, jams, pickled foods, and other odds & ends. There was a banjo player on the front porch that just added to the whole experience. We ate our picnic lunch on the tables outside while... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Loved the lookout Scary when it sways but lots of fun! Fun general touristy store Beautiful views- not much to do in the area so this was a fun option - kinda crazy: 6$ /person to go up the tower but hey they have to make money too!

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Last time I went here in April, they still had the Seasons Greetings sign out front. Not sure how the bridge and look out are maintained, however the only way I would climb up that old rusty tower is on Fear Factor. Looks terrifying and not stable. The reinforced bottom looks rusted out with old rocks from maybe the 1930's... More 

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Wytheville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Grwat walker mountain not only provides a soda shop along with hand made soaps and the likes of every childs dreams--toys, toys, toys. It also provides you with history if you are willing to read the interesting facts about 2 rivalry squadrons who met up there. You can also see VA, NC, TN and WV. Looks over both sides are... More 

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Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Big Walker Lookout

Address: 8711 Stony Fork Road, Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone Number: 276-663-4016
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Wytheville
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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