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“Big walker lookout” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Big Walker Lookout

Big Walker Lookout
Ranked #1 of 19 things to do in Wytheville
Certificate of Excellence
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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.
Charlottesville, Virginia
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Big walker lookout”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2012

Lovely views! A bit scary going up....but just dont look down!The views were beautiful in December but most likely more spectacular in the fall.

Visited December 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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143 reviews
63 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“nice views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

On a clear day, you can see for miles in every direction. Little shop at the base. Nice rest stop if you are cruising the roads.

Visited October 2012
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Princeton, West Virginia
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25 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Childhood visits!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

Riding the tram was an event we looked forward to every summer when relatives came to visit. Generally a several hour visit followed by dinner at Shoney's in Princeton.

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virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Be prepared (clothing)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2012

It's only six bucks to go up. The climb might freak people out a bit since as you climb the stairs you can see the ground somewhat. Focus! I would do this again.

Visited October 2012
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Alexandria,Va
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37 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Good stopping point for ice cream - nice views”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2012

There's a huge open-sided tower to climb, accessed by a swinging bridge, but didn't do it because it was quite windy the day I was there. However, the delightful ladies in the General Store pointed me in the direction of Rt. 623, a narrow winding gravel road that goes for about 13 miles over a mountain, offering outstanding fall colors and a birds eye view of Burke's Garden - a picturesque caldera-like valley. Not much passing room on the road, but I only met one other car.
Be sure to try Big Walker's lemon-chip ice cream! YUM!

Visited October 2012
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