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Big Walker Lookout

Closed Now: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Awesome view

Climbed the tower and the view was spectacular. The gift shop was great too. Enjoyed the mountain... read more

Reviewed 30 August 2018
jneta57
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Capron, Virginia
Awesome view

Enjoyed climbing the tower and overlooking the neverending trees and mountains. They had music and... read more

Reviewed 28 August 2018
Connie B
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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...more
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8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
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All reviews ice cream general store beautiful view swinging bridge local crafts live music both sides afraid of heights well worth the trip hot dogs parking lot stopping point different states for sale beautiful drive observation deck nice staff
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Reviewed 8 November 2018

To be fair, we did visit during the off season, the first part of November. I’m glad we went to support a locally owned business, but it is in desperate need of some TLC/updating. The shop was cute and had some locally made things. The...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Haven156
Reviewed 29 October 2018

We love getting up high so this ticked all our boxes. No, it is not unsafe - and we went on a VERY windy day!! - and yes, it's a bit scary if you don't like heights, but the views were fantastic. For $6 to...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank thevoyagers
Reviewed 18 October 2018

After a long drive hill up into nowhere we where disappointed of what we finally found. The whole place looked more like a junkyard than a tourist attraction. The country store, where mostly cheep things from china where sold wasn't that big thing, so we...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank jhe58
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 18 October 2018

Dear GHe - GER, Your review of our facility is GROSSLY inaccurate. Our gift shop has local crafts as well as souvenirs from everywhere including China. The entire front wall and rear wall of displays are local made crafts from local artisans. I estimate about...More

Reviewed 4 September 2018

Book Author Sheryl Greynolds was there. Very sweet lady. Her two books are amazing. Also there was Paul Lambert with his home made wood tables that are just gorgeous. A live music group also played. They were outstanding. Beautiful weather added to the above. Ice...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank nancybunderwood
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thanks so much for your enthusiastic review! Yes, our special events on weekends draw a lot of folks and great reviews. Glad you enjoy your visits to Big Walker Lookout!

Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

View was just as nice from little bridge...no need to climb up the rickedy tower. I realize it was in the deep white south but this little country store had the worst bunch of nasty Confederate crap I saw on entire roadtrip...wish i had of...More

Date of experience: August 2018
3  Thank Jennifer S
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

So sorry for your bad experience at our shop. Just to let you know, we try to serve all our customers and are open and welcoming to all who stop by. Sad to see your narrow-minded comments. We love all people and will try always...More

Reviewed 30 August 2018

Short drive up the mountain The views were good. We had some haze in the distant so seeing far was a bit hard. Weather was a nice a warm up there. Winding roads with views.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank travelbug19902016
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 10 September 2018

Thank you so much for your generous review. We hope you can return when the fall color is in its full glory. We love the mountains and great views as you do also. Thanks

Reviewed 30 August 2018

Climbed the tower and the view was spectacular. The gift shop was great too. Enjoyed the mountain drive from Paint Bank, VA to here.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank jneta57
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

Enjoyed climbing the tower and overlooking the neverending trees and mountains. They had music and a craft lady outside and other crafts and ice cream inside. The bulletin boards outside the rest room deserve a more prominent location, they were full of history and we...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Connie B
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 29 August 2018

Thanks for visiting Big Walker Lookout. We love our beautiful views as much as you do and hope we can always provide our artisans wares and good music for our customers. During the weeks, we have our local music on CD and on weekends, Live...More

Reviewed 4 August 2018

Have made numerous trips to the Big Walker Lookout throughout the year. A nice winding road up the mountain from both sides is a treat for motorcycle riders. The store has interesting items and books about the local history. The dipped ice cream cones or...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank BlueridgeCharlie
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Thank you so much for your visit and comments. The motorcyclists do love our mountain and the MANY great rides in our area. The views are great anytime but, like you, I love the fall color. We do have free live music on the porch...More

Reviewed 2 August 2018

My wife and I were camping with three of our grandkids at the Wytheville KOA campground not far away from Big Walker Lookout. We made the drive there which was a first visit for all of us and were transported back to the mid 60's...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank Ozzilla
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 5 August 2018

Thanks for your visit and comments. We are so glad you loved the scenery and your grandkids enjoyed the tower. Great view from the ground, but from the top of the tower, OH MY!!! Please come again when you can, Enjoy,

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718pattic
16 November 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
1 July 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
10 July 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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