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Big Walker Lookout

8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
+1 276-663-4016
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Gorgeous view

Great view & funky old store with great ice cream. Sorry we missed the weekly entertainment as it... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sbkig
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Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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Sight seeing

I was out on the motorcycle just cruising some new roads and by chance happen to stop here for... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
anthony s
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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. 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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8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great view & funky old store with great ice cream. Sorry we missed the weekly entertainment as it ended in October but I bet it would be a fun thing to do during the season.

Thank sbkig
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice review. Sorry the music and craft demonstrations were closed for the season but we hope you will come back in the summer to enjoy them.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was out on the motorcycle just cruising some new roads and by chance happen to stop here for awhile and have a look. Awesome views from the ground or if you wanted, you could buy a ticket and g way higher in the look...More

Thank anthony s
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks for your very nice review. Yes, our motorcycle friends LOVE these mountains. It is beautiful from the overlook here. Thanks again for the review and for mentioning our wonderful ice cream..

Reviewed 30 October 2017

We arrived in Wytheville and checked into our hotel late afternoon and then headed up the road to Big Walker. The road on a sunny fall evening is winding and beautiful. The store was closing along with the tower. But you can see pretty much...More

Thank scubaDave52
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice review. Sorry we were closing as you came by. I hope you will be here again while we are open for service. It is a beautiful view isn't it. Thanks for stopping by.

Reviewed 19 October 2017

Great view from this place. They played country music when we visited. Kitschy country store, but a few interesting items. For example, the homesewn small aprons were cute, several people were buying it for their little children/grandchildren. The ice cream was excellent.

Thank Moiaussie
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

Kitschy country store. Good ice cream. Nice view. Tower you can climb for better view if you are not afraid of heights.

Thank BudNLily
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

If you are near Wytheville, Virginia for a day or two-take an afternoon to drive up to Big Walker Mountain Lookout on RT 52 near Wytheville. Great place to see the mountains of Southwestern Virginia. There is a Lookout tower which affords a wonderful vistas....More

Thank James H
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 15 October 2017

Thank you so much for your nice review of Big Walker Lookout. The apple butter is packaged now and being sold from the shop now. The trees are getting prettier each day. We hope you will visit whenever you are in the area. There is...More

Reviewed 8 October 2017 via mobile

Nice little store with ice cream. The parking could be improved,the room is there for improving. The fall forage is very impressive,at this altitude with long range views.

Thank Terry R
Reviewed 7 October 2017 via mobile

Beautiful view from the parking lot. There is a sign with the charge amount to climb the tower, (I believe $5-6 per person)and we chose not to spend that much. The shop is a typical tourist shop.

Thank campergirl238
Reviewed 22 September 2017

I love the mountains, and this was all I expected and better. I only wished they had sweatshirts out. We were there in Sept. and it was getting chilly. From there go to MtAiry, NC it's Mayberry RFD. The little town is so quaint.

Thank Nanamama4236
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 25 September 2017

Thank you so much for your gracious review. Yes, we are late in getting out sweat shirts out. Sorry we will try to do better. Thanks,

Reviewed 16 September 2017

Neat old time store big tower you can climb kids will love climbing it friendly staff scenic drive to get up to there

Thank steve k
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718pattic
16 November 2017|
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Response from scubaDave52 | Reviewed this property |
yep
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ExperiencingIT
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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
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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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