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Shot Tower Historical State Park

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Address: Route 1, Austinville, VA 24312-0001
Phone Number: (276) 699-1791
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Nice little park off I-77. They made bullets and buckshot here. Walk to the top . Info available. Overlooking The New River and the New River Trail runs by here. Worth the stop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Tim R
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Hurricane, West Virginia
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Summerfield, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped here on our way south about 4:00 on a Monday. Were disappointed. Gate was closed. Information said open daily dawn to dusk.

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Hurricane, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice little park off I-77. They made bullets and buckshot here. Walk to the top . Info available. Overlooking The New River and the New River Trail runs by here. Worth the stop for us.

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Thank Tim R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband had always wanted to stop at this historic site, so during a sight-seeing adventure to Virginia, we made it a point to stop. All of us, my husband, children and I were extremely happy we stopped here. Construction of the shot tower started right after the Revolutionary War and was completed in 1807. It's amazing how the tower... More 

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

This is an interesting place to visit. I love the history and the beautiful views from the top of the tower. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. There are also trails you can walk if you want to get in touch with nature. It's really nice if you're passing through or for a day trip.

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N. Canton, Ohhio USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

While traveling back and forth through Virginia so many years. We always saw signs mentioning "Shot Tower". We would wonder what it was as the name itself is interesting. So on our way home to Ohio this past year, we decided to add this to our bucket list. Boy were we shocked to find out it's importance in our American... More 

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Thank Barb G
Monroe, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Worth the stop, beautiful serene site. Continue on to Foster Falls a small community, worthy of photo.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

The "state park" is about as big as a McDonalds parking lot. This place does have historical value, but honestly, I do not know who would pay for parking just to look at the tower and then get back in the car. There is simply not anything to do here besides take one picture of the tower.

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Thank globaltrekster
Woodlawn, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Great historical find, incredibly interesting facts told by Park Rangers. Check before going, they are only open to go up into the tower at spotty times. But totally worth it to catch it on the right day!

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

It is a state historical park that is worth the stop. I just looked around for 15 minutes or so. Unfortunately it was closed, so no walk up to the top. some good signage that explained the process and architecture. A few bucks dropped in the honor box for parking.

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Thank craigclark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

It is a nice break to take and visit while riding on the New River Trail. It is a nice piece of history to look at.

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