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Big Walker Lookout

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Address: 8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
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+1 276-663-4016
10:00 - 17:00
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Sat - Sun 10:00 - 18:00

Big Walker Lookout is the designated overlook of the Big Walker Mountain...

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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Beautiful View

Made a pit stop here to give our young boys a chance to burn off some energy. The general store is nice quant place with a very nice staff. We decided to climb the tower with our... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Dorr, Michigan
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

The view is fantastic, especially if you climb the tower. It's fun to stroll through the little store, and some days they have singers. Bring a good car and make sure it has good brakes, and you will need to use low gear on parts of the descent.

Thank Stephen H
Jacksonville, Florida
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103 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I hesitated to review, as the store was closed at the time of my visit, but the drive and the view was worth the trip in themselves. A very winding access from either direction through Americana family farms, I wished I had my convertible rather than my truck. The view is impressive, though the immediate surroundings were somewhat cluttered and... More 

Thank Trailsign
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this review

Sorry we were closed when you visited. It is a beautiful drive and view. Yes, we are not the most confiscated attraction around with our gravel driveway and wall in the process of being repaired. We are celebrating 70 years in business and sometimes look a but frowzy as we maintain our business. Our building is new (2003) though it... More 

Dorr, Michigan
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19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

Made a pit stop here to give our young boys a chance to burn off some energy. The general store is nice quant place with a very nice staff. We decided to climb the tower with our boys. I recommend a sweatshirt as it gets very windy at the top. The view from the top is gorgeous. Very well worth... More 

Thank matthewn505
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this review

Thank you for the kind review if your visit to Big Walker. Yes, it gets breezy on the tower as the wind isn't slowed down by the trees any more. Glad you stopped and visited. Ron Kime More 

Blacksburg, South Carolina
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19 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 March 2017 via mobile

Neat place to visit. General store with local crafts. Had singer the day we visited and they sell fudge:)) Can climb the lookout for a good view of area.

Thank FergieNonna
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14 reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Nice cozy atmosphere with a stove heating the store on a cool day. The smell of hot dogs was inviting, too. Had waffle cones with delicious all natural ice cream: butter pecan & raspberry both yummy!

Thank jskirby1974
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17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Well worth the trip. The view is awesome and the owner is a very nice person. Tower is 100 feet tall. The view is endless.

Thank Chip T
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Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

The best part is the view. We enjoyed the gift shop. We'd like to visit again maybe during a peak time.

Thank mrvspn
Brunswick, Ohio
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

Wow, what a view, big mountain to drive up and get to. We found it by change because of a detour. Decided to shop, awesome view, cool look out tower but a charge fee. Has a nice country store there also . If your in the area worth the stop. Caution ,if your a flat land driver it's a trip... More 

1 Thank bobrock96
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this review

Now THAT is a good idea. I guess my next car is a sports car. Varoom!! Thanks for visiting. We love for folks to find us "by accident"! Sometimes the interstate just gets clogged and US-52 is the best alternative. Thanks for your comments. More 

Falls Church, Virginia
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7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Brrrr... We went up the tower on a day when it was around 40 degrees outside. It wasn't too cold at the base, but the wind got stronger - and colder - as we went up. Would be much nicer on a warm day. It's $6 per adult to go up, $4 for child. There's a swinging bridge which spans... More 

Thank wanderlustDC
Axton, Virginia
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78 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

This was a scary attraction with small children. Some of the stair treads were weathered and things could be added to make it a bit safer. Once I had a pep talk with the kids on what I expected we were ready for the climb. The views were gorgeous, but I was a little concerned about the whole structure.

Thank deejoyce
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this review

Thanks for your Tripadvisor comment. Yes that tower is very tall and imposing. It is completely safe as you found. The view from the top is really spectacular as you saw. Probably the best 360 degree, mountain panarama in the east. You might be reasured to know the tower has been there since the mid 50's and we have never... More 

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