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Big Walker Lookout

8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
+1 276-663-4016
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Good ice cream

Kitschy country store. Good ice cream. Nice view. Tower you can climb for better view if you are... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Owensboro, Kentucky
via mobile
Great place for a nice view

If you are near Wytheville, Virginia for a day or two-take an afternoon to drive up to Big Walker... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
James H
Coinjock, North Carolina
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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor3%
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8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382-5798
+1 276-663-4016
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Reviewed 3 days ago 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 6 days ago 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 3 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Breath taking 360 degree views. Climb the tower to stretch those legs after driving the twisty road to the top of the mountain. Or enjoy the comfort of a good old southern store.More

Thank dmoore1102
US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 9 September 2017

Thank you for your great review. We appreciate all the folks that visit Big Walker Lookout and are pleased that we can celebrate 70 years in business this year. Thank everybody for your support for this long time. The 3rd generation of our family are...More

Reviewed 6 September 2017

Awesome peaceful mountain views and great country market! Little knick knacks, definitely try the Lemon Crunch or Peach ice cream.

Thank ellisa785
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Kind of a hole in the wall place. They have a little store with trinkets, ice cream and fudge. We did buy some fudge and it was pretty good. There's a huge tower that costs 6.00 to climb to see some pretty amazing views. Also...More

1  Thank EJAnderson
Reviewed 29 July 2017

Hand dipped ice cream, Virginia souvenirs, BEAUTIFUL VIEW; you can't go wrong stopping here. My daughter loves to browse the hand made items and the local soaps and essential oils and remedies are just out of this world.

1  Thank Armymomof3
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30 June 2016|
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Response from robino386 | Reviewed this property |
yes,there is plenty of parking space . got lots of room !!
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