Wytheville, Virginia: Big Walker Lookout - Climb the Tower100-foot-high observation tower at the summit of Big Walker Mountain. Open to people willing to make the climb since 1947.
- 8711 Stony Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA
- About 12 miles from Wytheville, at the intersection of Hwy 621 and US Hwy 52.
- Summer daily 10-6, off-season 10-5. (Call to verify)
- Adults $6.00
Visitor Tips and News About Big Walker Lookout - Climb the Tower
You cannot cross the swinging bridge any more. It has a big gap in it. Walk across the highway to the wooden observation platform. The view is truly remarkable.[Carolyn, 08/21/2013]
The swinging bridge was put out of commission due to fear of lawsuits. But the observation tower still provides a thrill -- and a view.
Big Walker Lookout is a 100 foot observation tower at the top of Big Walker Mountain. Adjoining the tower is a swinging bridge. Until recently, visitors had to cross the bridge in order to access the tower. The old gift shop burnt down and a new one recently opened (BW Country Store). Due to the slight change in location, you can skip the bridge if it makes you nervous (as if the tower wouldn't!).
Ages ago there was also a snake pit, and a chair lift that took you to a higher viewer point. Today, these two attractions are gone, but there is a short hiking trail. Just down the road is an old west style town named Virginia City.[Mark Turner, 09/16/2006]