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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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Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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Good spot to view the mountains.

We were visiting the area and wanted to go to this overlook because it was recommended as a great viewing spot. It was a nice view of mountains even in winter so fall is probably... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Birmingham, Alabama
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Birmingham, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting the area and wanted to go to this overlook because it was recommended as a great viewing spot. It was a nice view of mountains even in winter so fall is probably amazing time for stopping there. The store, overlook, and tower are the only things at the top so it is not the best place to... More 

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Saltville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this spot as a kid and was impressed that you were supposed to see five states, or something of the sort. I'm not sure how many states you can see, but the overlook is a view of some of the most beautiful sections of Virginia. Great in the fall for color and we saw a lot of migrating... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I call Big Walker Lookout one of Virginia's Hidden Treasures because it is family owned, not widely advertised, and just a little off the beaten track. Best of all it's a great adventure. I have been there several times and always enjoy the view, the friendly folks, and the ice cream. They have special activities and entertainment on week ends---check... More 

Thank Connie W
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The tower is nothing fancy but worth the climb, the views are much prettier from up there. The store has crafts from local crafters and snacks. Friendly staff.

Merrick, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015 via mobile

This family owned tower is showing some wear, but still maintained. The views of the Appalachian mountain from the top (about 100' up) were stunning! On another side there were farms. There is a gift shop that also sells local artisans items as well as shirts. They have ice cream and an outdoor patio. There also is a cool rickety... More 

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Plum, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Unfortunately it was rainy & foggy this trip but was were lucky enough on a previous trip to have had a perfect day to enjoy the beautiful vistas. There is a Chinese restaurant about a 2 minute drive from the hotel across the road. Excellent food & a wonderful menu & waitstaff.

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Wytheville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

This will be the most life experience that you would want to take your family or just yourself to, it is breath taking to look over the top of the most beautiful Mts, that you would ever want to visit. The fall of the year is a great ti,e to visit.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Being afraid of heights and all things rickety, I can assure you that I would not climb this huge tower if it did not appear safe. I did climb it on a visit this past summer and I did not regret it. What an astounding view! The owner and the employees of the store are genuinely nice people. I did... More 

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Alpharetta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Things which may be helpful: It is about a 25 mile loop from Wytheville to Route 77 on VA 52. The Lookout is roughly in the middle. The road is quite twisty but in good shape with nice views along the way. The Lookout is free if you don't go up the tower. We parked at the general store but... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

There is a great gift shop at Big Walker Lookout and the view of the mountains and valley below is super. They have a tower that you can walk up (there is a charge for going up on the tower, but not very expensive) up and get a better view of the area and you can see for miles. Big... More 

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