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Big Walker Lookout

8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
+1 276-663-4016
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What a view from the top!

Very scenic drive and close to Wytheville. Loved the general store and the family that runs it... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Julie S
Beautiful View

My GPS took me directly to the parking lot in front of the General Store. I went inside to pay... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Booperskp
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Amana, Iowa
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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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“general store” (17 reviews)
“beautiful view” (12 reviews)
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8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
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+1 276-663-4016
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"beautiful drive"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Very scenic drive and close to Wytheville. Loved the general store and the family that runs it! Climbing the steps to the top was much easier than I expected.

Thank Julie S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My GPS took me directly to the parking lot in front of the General Store. I went inside to pay the $6.00 to go up to the top of the observation deck. It was kind of breezy and she said it can sway a little,...More

Thank Booperskp
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Reviewed May 12, 2018 via mobile

The view is awesome. Store is misleading. I thought it would be more crafty artsy stuff. In my opinion it wasn't worth the detour off 77.

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Reviewed April 8, 2018 via mobile

Was a fun drive up the mountain. GPS was a bit off - just kept driving up and found it. View was great! Store was a lot of fun. Will be back next time we are in Town.More

Thank HayleyJ2010
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded April 9, 2018

Thanks for your great review. Yes, we can't get all the GPS machines to point correctly to us and some stop you before the top of the mountain. We are still working on it. The mountains are beautiful this time of year because you can...More

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Reviewed March 19, 2018 via mobile

We had limited service and followed GPS to the Look Out. We “arrived at the destination” with no pull in or parking anywhere. It is just beyond the actual marker for Big Walker Lookout that the Country Store appears with ample parking. We were at...More

Thank Cynthia C
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2018

Sorry the GPS mislead you. We have tried to get the maps corrected and the address pointing to the correct location with limited success. We are located 12 miles north of Wytheville on US-52 at the TOP of Big Walker Mountain. Glad you were able...More

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Reviewed February 26, 2018

This is a bit of a side trip off of I-77 N or S, that's worth the time if you have it. There's a view and a store at the lookout. We've never gone up the tower but it would be a great view.

Thank George B
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Reviewed February 21, 2018

Husband and I were looking for a good day trip from nc on holiday weekend. Upon the recommendation of a family member we took off for Wytheville, VA. We looked up things to do on Trip Advisor and took off for Big Walker Lookout. It...More

Thank Teresa S
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Reviewed January 29, 2018

The view is excellent. Looking down on gentle rolling hills and farmscapes are picturesque and a really nice photo opportunity.

Thank Katherine P
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2018

Thank you for the nice review of the beautiful scenery at Big Walker Lookout. The view is spectacular isn't it. We hope you will visit again in the spring whe the flowers are blooming or this fall when the trees are aflame with color. Thanks

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

The views are spectacular, the prices of goods very good and the service was wonderful! Climbing the tower was scary but alot of fun, looks more daunting than it really is.More

Thank annmarie w
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded January 26, 2018

Thanks for your nice review of Big Walker Lookout. In the winter time you can get a much better view of the mountains and valleys as the leaves are gone. Hope you had a great stay in the mountains of Virginia and will return again....More

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Reviewed November 15, 2017 via mobile

Great view & funky old store with great ice cream. Sorry we missed the weekly entertainment as it ended in October but I bet it would be a fun thing to do during the season.

Thank sbkig
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2017

Thanks for your nice review. Sorry the music and craft demonstrations were closed for the season but we hope you will come back in the summer to enjoy them.

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718pattic
November 15, 2017|
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Response from US52-Scenic_Byway | Property representative |
Yes, we love well behaved pets. They are allowed in the store on a leash or in a basket/stroller etc.
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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
July 9, 2015|
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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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