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Big Walker Lookout

8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
+1 276-663-4016
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Super cool place to visit

Hand dipped ice cream, Virginia souvenirs, BEAUTIFUL VIEW; you can't go wrong stopping here. My... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Armymomof3
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Rigby, Idaho
Great view

I'm afraid of heights but still managed to climb the tower. $6 per adult. Beautiful views and the... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
CMHarding
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Pennsylvania
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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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8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hand dipped ice cream, Virginia souvenirs, BEAUTIFUL VIEW; you can't go wrong stopping here. My daughter loves to browse the hand made items and the local soaps and essential oils and remedies are just out of this world.

1  Thank Armymomof3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I'm afraid of heights but still managed to climb the tower. $6 per adult. Beautiful views and the woman working the shop was incredibly sweet. I probably wouldn't do it again, but it was nice to try once.

1  Thank CMHarding
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your review of Big Walker. Yes, we have some of the nicest folks on staff. Thanks for noticing. Stop back and have an ice cream cone if you're in the area.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On a road trip from South Carolina to New Jersey, we decided to stop in Wytheville, VA to stretch our legs and grab a snack. After reading about Big Walker Lookout, we decided to stop there and we are glad we did. There's a country...More

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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for visiting Big Walker Lookout. We love our great views and you hit the nail on the head. It is a great place to stretch your legs after a long drive. For the kids, it is especially good for them to run around and...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a country store with crafts, gifts, ice cream, and hot dogs. There is a lookout tower and a swinging bridge. We were there on a weekday so there was no music which they have on weekends. We were glad we stopped. Got some...More

1  Thank Joy C
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. We love the scenery too. If you can, come by on a weekend and enjoy the great Crooked Road Music.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great stop. Climbed the tower, had some ice cream, wonderful hospitality. A beautiful view and I would do this again

1  Thank Suzanne M
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your great review. Yeah, we think we have a GREAT view. Stop in again if you come thru the area.

Reviewed July 6, 2017

My husband and I decided to make the trek to this lookout and we are so glad we did. It was totally worth the few miles out of our way. We CLIMBED to the top of the tower. Have to tell you.....be prepared because it...More

1  Thank Vicki A
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Thank you for visiting Big Walker Lookout! Yes, some days it can be quite breezy on the tower. We are so glad you enjoyed the views. They are spectacular aren't they.

Reviewed June 27, 2017 via mobile

First off, petrified of heights. Well worth the stop. Made it to the top of the tower for some amazing views!!

1  Thank Sparkythebear
Reviewed June 20, 2017

The road to the lookout winds up the mountain but is so worth it! The views are awesome. It costs $6 to climb the 100 ft tower.

1  Thank Ashley J
Reviewed June 18, 2017

We drove through the Wytheville, Virginia area on a recent week day roadtrip. We were taking an alternate route from the interstate and just stumbled upon Big Walker Lookout. The general store is a good stopping point for a break from driving. There's an ice...More

1  Thank TJouer
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2017

Thank you for visiting Big Walker Lookout. The view is wonderful and can be seen well from the ground without climbing the tower but if you have time to climb, the 360 degree panorama is awesome! The tickets for the tower are 6.00 for adults...More

Reviewed June 10, 2017

The surrounding area is very pretty, mountain terrain with a look out tower that stretches high above the trees over looking all of this part of Virginia. WOW!! what a view. On site is a gift shop with snack items and of-course ICE CREAM.

1  Thank royfleming60
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ExperiencingIT
June 30, 2016|
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Response from robino386 | Reviewed this property |
yes,there is plenty of parking space . got lots of room !!
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SRIndy15
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Response from US52-Scenic_Byway | Property representative |
Hi folks, I am the owner of Big Walker Lookout and it is your choice of course but I would have no qualms about taking my child or infant up the tower. There are 200 steps but they are very easy steps with a platform at... More
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