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Big Walker Lookout

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

The view is excellent. Looking down on gentle rolling hills and farmscapes are picturesque and a... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Katherine P
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Rural Retreat, Virginia
Impressive

The views are spectacular, the prices of goods very good and the service was wonderful! Climbing... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
annmarie w
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Wytheville, Virginia
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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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"general store"
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"beautiful view"
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"swinging bridge"
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"local crafts"
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"afraid of heights"
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"worth the climb"
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"live music"
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"worth the trip"
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"parking lot"
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"stopping point"
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"both sides"
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"bread"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The view is excellent. Looking down on gentle rolling hills and farmscapes are picturesque and a really nice photo opportunity.

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

Thank you for the nice review of the beautiful scenery at Big Walker Lookout. The view is spectacular isn't it. We hope you will visit again in the spring whe the flowers are blooming or this fall when the trees are aflame with color. Thanks

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The views are spectacular, the prices of goods very good and the service was wonderful! Climbing the tower was scary but alot of fun, looks more daunting than it really is.More

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

Thanks for your nice review of Big Walker Lookout. In the winter time you can get a much better view of the mountains and valleys as the leaves are gone. Hope you had a great stay in the mountains of Virginia and will return again....More

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Reviewed 15 November 2017 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
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2017

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.

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Reviewed 10 November 2017 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
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 11 November 2017

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..

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Reviewed 29 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

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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2017

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.

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Reviewed 18 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.More

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

Thanks for your nice review of Big Walker Lookout. Glad you were here for a music event. Yes, our handmade local crafts are very popular. And we DO love our super premium ice cream. It is so delicious. Hope you can come by again sometime....More

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Reviewed 14 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
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for your nice review of Big Walker Lookout. In the fall the leaves give you a great view of the mountains and valleys. The color is just breathtaking. Hope you had a great stay in the mountains of Virginia and will return again. Thanks

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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
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US52-Scenic_Byway, Owner at Big Walker Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 14 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

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Reviewed 7 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
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Reviewed 6 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
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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
30 June 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
9 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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