Shot Tower Historical State Park

Shot Tower Historical State Park

Shot Tower Historical State Park
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Bowmanator22
Charlotte, NC5,018 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
For a $7 parking fee, there’s not much to do here. My wife and I made an event out of it by walking the New River Trail for about an hour and a half, down to New River Trail State Park. The trail is popular with bikers and equestrian in addition to the walkers like us.
Written June 30, 2021
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Anthony P
Charleston, SC2,339 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
ok - so this stone tower from the early 1800s sits at the base of a trout filled river, along a tree lined trail in the Virginia State Parks. If that sounds a bit dreamy, well, it is, and it’s definitely worth the time and trouble to pull off for a bit.

Check out the website and find out when the tower is open. Luckily for us, a troop of cub scouts had arranged for the tower to be open so we just followed them as they scampered up like 60ft of stairs. The ranger that was there was able to give us a good idea on the use of the tower and some history of what occurred there. The view from the top of the tower was pretty incredible, acrophobia could be an issue looking down the shot tube though, for sure.

Definitely recommend - Great little pit stop.
Written October 29, 2022
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travelwriter52
Clinton, SC3,279 contributions
Oct 2021
There is a charge to park there, 7.00, which is a bit overpriced for the fact that all you can do is look from the outside. There is a trail down to the river. It is actually part of another park, the Little River park. But all things considered, it was really cool to see and a fascinating part of history.
Written October 31, 2021
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Jenny H
Williamsburg, VA590 contributions
Jul 2020
Caveat; due to COVID-19, the shot tower was not open. Even so we could walk around and look inside through the gate. It is an interesting mechanical engineering structure and is just off the New River Trail. NOTE: the shot tower will be visible on one side of the road; however, the entrance to the road that will take you there is on the other side of the road.
Written July 12, 2020
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dorsalmo
Florissant, MO1,094 contributions
Jun 2021
This sounded interesting when I read about it. Unfortunately, you can get everything (except being next to the physical building) online. The reason is that the site is not staffed normally, so you can't go into the tower. You can walk around it and read the signs; that's all.
Written June 26, 2021
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luckygreen
Shepherd, MI627 contributions
Jul 2012 • Couples
Twenty years ago I had detoured off I-77 to take my two young sons up into the shot tower. Once inside, read the displays, we climbed to the top, and really got an idea of how the shot tower was utilized. This July, while traveling to North Carolina, I thought my partner might find the shot tower of interest; especiallly since he is such an early American history buff. We were focused on arriving at our destination on time but I convinced him we could manage a quick visit within a half hour. The shot tower is easily spotted from I-77 and it’s just a short jaunt from the highway to the parking lot. The direct trail was closed and undergoing repairs so we took the slightly longer route to the door of the shot tower. It was gated and locked! The display board inside that described the purpose of the shot tower was far beyond the door; and angled in such a way it could not be viewed. We had to rely on my memory from 20 years ago to attempt to explain to my partner how this thing actually worked. I was hugely disappointed. We had paid our (minimal) $2 fee to park the car and couldn’t even see the displays or read about the tower. I think in fairness this should be made clear to visitors prior to leaving their cars (or the highway for that matter) by posting a “No public entrance” sign outside the tower. If we had been physically challenged by the trail, our disappointment would have been even greater. Upon returning home I was able to pull a PDF brochure explaining the tower from the state park website; however, that was of little help during the actual visit.
Written July 31, 2012
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Robby G C
Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
I had no idea what this tower was about. Dropping molten lead? Why would anyone do that, even in the past?

It is here that I learned why. They took the molten lead and then dropped them through a colander. The lead would drop the height of the tower into a water bath, to cool the lead. The result was gunshot.

It was fun to climb thise wooden stairs. They were solid enough as I came back without any problems. It was quite high, but we ended at the top and that is when I took numerous pictures of the beautiful views.

Back down, we looked for nice flowers and we found several of them,

I enjoyed this attraction. That was fun!
Written April 14, 2018
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Jerrya6
Athens, GA9 contributions
Oct 2016
I stopped by here one afternoon while traveling through VA. Interesting to learn that lead mined nearby was turned into shot by pouring molten lead through a screen and having it fall down the stone tower into a water pool. Beautiful stonework for the time. Tower was closed at the hour I was there so didn't get to climb to the top.
Written June 2, 2017
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TravelingAngelaDawn
235 contributions
Oct 2015 • Family
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 has withstood the elements and looks fantastic! This state park is so rich in history and we had a magnificent time walking around, reading the historic markers and enjoying the many stunning views along the way. We absolutely loved it and are looking forward to a return trip when back in the area.
Written August 2, 2016
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Magtcc
Monroe, NC51 contributions
Nov 2015
Worth the stop, beautiful serene site. Continue on to Foster Falls a small community, worthy of photo.
Written November 3, 2015
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