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I stopped by here one afternoon while traveling through VA. Interesting to learn that lead mined... read more

Reviewed June 2, 2017
Athens, Georgia
Small park, but interestting

Cost $5 to park. Guided tours I believe only weekends. Beautiful view in all directions. Short... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
Burlington, KY
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

Cost $5 to park. Guided tours I believe only weekends. Beautiful view in all directions. Short walking trail and bathrooms. Not far off interstate and a short interesting stop.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed June 26, 2018

We were told about the Shot Tower by our travel agent and it was a great place to stop and take a driving break. Interesting history and a beautiful drive to the tower. Zach did a great job explaining the history in more detail.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018

Learn of early Virginia history, see how the Shot Tower worked, explore the grounds, New River Trail State Park is very close by

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank 313Kay
Reviewed April 23, 2018

Nice tower to check out and a short hike around the park. Nice spot. Even a bridge with a view . So we walked around and on to a arm that was also a campground.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Dibird50
Reviewed April 14, 2018

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...More

Date of experience: February 2018
2  Thank Robby G C
Reviewed December 25, 2017

We have driven past the Shot Tower many times on our way to a family visit. This time we decided to make the stop. It is a picturesque spot with hiking trails and picnic tables. Unfortunately, you cannot access the tower at least not when...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed October 8, 2017

There was a park ranger that explained how the bullets were made. It sounds like a lot of stairs to get to the top but it was worth it. The view is spectacular.

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank Cascades21
Reviewed July 18, 2017

We stopped because of its location. It is on the New River and just has beautiful views. Discovered some interesting history. My husband loved learning the history of making lead shot for the War of 1812 and some say for the Civil War as well....More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank MommaRose2016
Reviewed June 2, 2017

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....More

Date of experience: October 2016
2  Thank Jerrya6
Reviewed April 11, 2017

When stopping to try the rail trail for the 1st time, I visited the Shot Tower which I had seen years ago and knew a lot about its history related to historic local lead mining. It is well-signed, easy to get to, and interesting. Doesn't...More

Date of experience: April 2017
1  Thank JohnnyJ234
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