We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Review Highlights
Historical Attraction

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

Reviewed June 2, 2017
Jerrya6
,
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
cheaptravel_10
,
Burlington, KY
Read all 34 reviews
71
All photos (71)
Full view
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent46%
  • Very good26%
  • Average23%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“river trail”(7 reviews)
“shot tower”(13 reviews)
About
Local Weather
Powered by Weather Underground
-2°
Dec
-3°
Jan
-3°
Feb
Contact
Route 1, Austinville, VA 24312-0001
Website
+1 276-699-1791
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (34)
Filter reviews
34 results
Traveller rating
15
9
8
2
0
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
15
9
8
2
0
Show reviews that mention
All reviews river trail shot tower interesting history civil war bullets engineering interstate honor learning
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 34 reviews
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
Thank cheaptravel_10
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
Thank Amlyma
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
Thank TJouer
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
View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all nearby hotels
Hampton Inn Fort Chiswell
479 reviews
9.54 km away
Super 8 by Wyndham Chiswell/Max Meadows Area
226 reviews
9.58 km away
Comfort Inn Wytheville - Fort Chiswell
136 reviews
10.11 km away
Holiday Inn Express and Suites Wytheville
361 reviews
15.90 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all nearby restaurants
Key Ingredients Restaurant
66 reviews
9.68 km away
Happy Cinco de Mayo Mexican Grill
76 reviews
9.68 km away
New River Side Store and Deli
6 reviews
16.61 km away
Denny's diner
26 reviews
9.61 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 2 nearby attractions
New River Trail State Park
136 reviews
5.68 km away
Harmon Museum
5 reviews
17.63 km away
Southwest Virginia Farmers Market
21 reviews
18.15 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Shot Tower Historical State Park staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Submit
Posting guidelines