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Big Walker Lookout

8711 Stony Fork Road, Wytheville, VA 24382
276-663-4016
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Ranked #4 of 12 Attractions in Wytheville
Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
Owner description: Big Walker Lookout is the designated overlook of the Big Walker Mountain National Forest Scenic...
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Type: Observation Decks/ Towers, Landmarks
Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Owner description: 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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Wytheville, Virginia
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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Anderson, South Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Love to take old Rt. 52 and always HAVE to stop this old store. They are selling more locally made goods. I picked up some of the most delicious Black Walnut Bread. I hope they continue to add more handmade crafts and items.

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Beckley, West Virginia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

We have been here several times. enjoy the old fashioned atmosphere, great ice cream. Have many things to buy at good prices, friendly folks and the view is awesome!

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Rock Hill, SC
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Even though it was past peak color, the view was breathtaking. Loved the winding roads...a welcome change from boring interstate highways. Very little traffic on the road, so when a flock of about 8 wild turkeys crossed the road in front of me I was able to slow down and watch as they headed into the woods.

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Washington, Indiana
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59 reviews 59 reviews
19 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We took Hwy 52 from the East River Mountain Tunnel, all the way to Wytheville, VA. Beautiful drive, with some awesome views! Stop at Big Walker general store, and walk around. They have some interesting things to look at. The day we were there, they had live music in the store, which was a nice touch! Even if you elect... More 

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Gallatin, Tennessee
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Was a beautiful view but had to pay $6 if wanted to climb tower.... so didn't. ? General store ok, but could stand to be more friendly

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Bangor, Maine
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

20 minute ride well worth it. Staff are great and a wonderful view. Gift store was a classic and the view at the top of the tower was worth spending a couple of bucks.

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Liverpool, New York
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This tower gave us an amazing view of the Appalachian Mountains and a chance to take scenic pictures during our Crooked Road music trail trip. The store is quaint and filled with handmade items and retro souvenirs. The ice cream is not to be missed and there is live local music on the weekends.

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Michigan
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71 reviews 71 reviews
21 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

I love a drive up a winding mountain road and the trip from Wytheville to Big Walker Lookout did not disappoint. I highly recommend a drive up to see sunrise in the summer, especially if you have a convertible!

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Hinton, West Virginia
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118 reviews 118 reviews
25 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Stopped here for their viewing. The entrance to the tower is dangerously in shape ($6.00 to climb?), stay away. The store is overpriced on all their goods. The place is run-down and dirty. The bathroom is filthy. Nice area to view the scenery from the overlooks. Will not stop here again, until the place is made safe.

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

I'm sorry you didn't like our attraction. If the restrooms were dirty, we ask that we are notified immediately so we can clean them. Sorry they weren't clean for you. It is true that our attraction is rustic looking. We have been here for 67 years. We hope it is not dirty though and we try always to keep it... More 

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