Other Area Attractions

Attractions

Beagle Ridge Herb Farm

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/beagleridge

Website – https://beagleridge.org/

 

Flying Flowers at Beagle Ridge

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/flyingflowers

Website – http://www.flyingflowersva.com/

 

Ft. Chiswell Animal Park

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/fortchiswellanimalpark

Website – http://fortchiswellanimalpark.com/

 

Rural Retreat Winery & Vineyards

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Rural-Retreat-Winery-Vineyards-LLC-214480975871

Website – http://www.ruralretreatwinery.com/

 

West Wind Farm Vineyard-Winery

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/WestWindFarm

Website – http://www.westwindwine.com/

 

Wohlfahrt Haus Dinner Theatre

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wohlfahrthausdinnertheatre

Website – https://www.wohlfahrthaus.com/

 

Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wolfcreekindianvillageandmuseum

Website – http://www.indianvillage.org/

 

Wythe Raceway

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/incrediblehalfmile

Website – http://www.wytheraceway.com/

 

Visit Wytheville for other lodging, dining, and shopping options

https://www.visitwytheville.com/

Golf Courses

Draper Valley Golf Club

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Draper-Valley-Golf-Club-118343234918787

Website – https://www.drapervalleygolf.com/

 

Wolf Creek Golf & Country Club

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/incrediblehalfmile

 

Wytheville Golf Club

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wythegolfclub

Website – http://wythevillegolfclub.com/

Museums

African American Heritage Museum & Wytheville Training School Cultural Center

Website – https://www.visitwytheville.com/business-directory/892/african-american-heritage-museum-2/

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Wytheville%20Training%20School%20Cultural%20Center/100866996625274/

Website – https://www.wythevilletrainingschool.org/

 

Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EBWBFoundation

Website – https://www.edithbollingwilson.org/

 

The 1870 Octagon Mansion History Museum

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/The1870OctagomMansionHistoryMuseum

 

Wolf Creek Indian Village and Museum

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wolfcreekindianvillageandmuseum

Website – http://www.indianvillage.org/

 

Wytheville Museums

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wythevillemuseums

Website – https://museums.wytheville.org/

Local Restaurants

7 Dogs Brewpub – 276-228-0994
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/7dogsbrewpub/

Bland Square
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/The-Bland-Square-112682803867534

Chau’s Corner Bakery – 713-412-7509

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChausCornerBakery

CJ’s Pizza – 276-228-8448
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/cjspizzaofwytheville
Website – https://www.cjspizzaofwytheville.com/

China Wok – 276-228-8886
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/China%20Wok/144413498938729/

El Patio Mexican Grill – 276-227-0450
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/elpatiomexicangrillWythevilleVa

El Puerto Mexican Restaurant – 276-228-3159

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/El%20Puerto/111535635553989/

Graze on Main – 276-223-2334

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/grazeonmain

Grayson Restaurant – 276-228-5304

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/EatGraysonRestaurant

Hickory House BBQ – 276-228-9014

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Hickory-House-BBQ-1261297984013286

Italian Garden & Cuisine – 276-227-0770

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Italian-Garden-426469434055126

Lakes to Florida Grill – 276-227-0891

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Lakes-to-Florida-Grill-675259952582561

1776 Log House Restaurant – 276-228-4139
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100057348855675

Matterhorn Restaurant & Bier Garten – 276-223-0891

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/matterhornrestaurantandbiergarten

Moon Dog Brick Oven of Wytheville – 276-227-0401

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/moondogwytheville

Olykoek Shoppe – 276-335-2109

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Olykoekdonuts

Papa Taso’s – 276-228-5300
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Papa-Tasos-Seafood-Dinner-115088010040552

Peking Chinese Restaurant – 276-228-5515
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pekingva

The Dawg House – 276-228-0946
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100063638736820

Tokyo Japanese Steakhouse – 276-223-1008
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tokyo%20Japanese%20Steakhouse/133158363451346/

Virginia Heights Restaurant – 276-228-6133
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Virginia-Heights-Restaurant-917664784922994

Wythe Produce & Deli – 276-223-0055
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/wytheproduceanddeli

Visit Wytheville for other lodging, dining, and shopping options

https://www.visitwytheville.com/

Beware of an overload of the senses: the sound of songbirds, the sweet scent of honeysuckle, the feel of warm daytime sun and cool evening breezes and the sight of mountains that touch the sun, moon and stars.

Olympic Fire Mountain Laurel

Daisy

Fire Pink

Pink Honeysuckle

Dogwood

Orange Honeysuckle

The Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway showcases the natural beauty of southwest Virginia and the history of the area. The byway passes through 16.2 miles of national forest and private land in Bland and Wythe Counties. Travelers will find it easily accessible from Interstates 77 and 81, from Wytheville, VA. It can be a refreshing alternative to interstate driving for those who might like to leisurely enjoy some scenery.

This byway takes travelers over some of the area’s most scenic land, which is beautiful year round. In the winter, the sun hitting the frozen tree tops on Big Walker Mountain creates a spectacular winter wonderland. The colors of springtime are a welcome change after winter’s whites and browns. There are many places along the byway to stop and enjoy the flowers. Summer and fall are excellent times to enjoy camping, hiking, hunting, and picnicking in the Jefferson National Forest along the byway.

The area surrounding the byway is rich with history, some of which can be read on roadside markers. There are stories of Civil War battles and legendary people, such as preacher Bob Sheffey and Mary “Molly” Tynes.

Click the picture below to read the markers:

Description of Route

The byway begins at the intersection of Route 717 and Interstate 77, about 5 miles north of Wytheville. Proceed west on Route 717. Keep track of your mileage to match the 12 sites highlighted below. You will drive 16.2 miles if you cover the length of the byway.

Drive 1.1 miles to an old road that provides access to Stony Fork Creek. You may enjoy fishing or hiking the Seven Sisters Trail.

Another 0.4 miles farther, at the left, is the site of Buck and Ollie Astin’s home. It is used as an access point to Stony Fork Creek. Buck Astin and his wife Ollie lived on this site from the early 1900’s until the 1970’s, cutting trees for mine props and skidding the logs out with horses and mules. They dug and marketed ginseng, a native herb valued as a medicine. Like many other settlers in the area, they also used whatever else the land would provide them in order to subsist.

Drive 2.3 miles to the entrance to Stony Fork Campground, on the left. This is a Forest Service campground. Stony Fork Creek runs through the campground, providing recreation such as fishing. Take a walk along the nature trail in the campground or the adjoining Seven Sisters Trail.

In another half mile, Route 717 intersects U.S. 52. Here, the byway turns right and ascends Big Walker Mountain.

Drive 0.4 mile, where U.S. 52 intersects with Route 686. This State road passes the privately owned Deer Trail Park Campground. They provide activities such as swimming, fishing and mini golf. It is a wonderful place to unwind and is a birders paradise.

Go 3.0 miles to the site of Big Walker Lookout. The Lookout is a privately owned business started by Stuart and Abigail Kime in the early 1950’s, when U.S. 52 was a new highway. Located here is a 100-foot tower, at the top of which is a spectacular view of several States. You are now at about the halfway point of the byway.

Big Bend Picnic Area is 4 miles from U.S. 52 on Forest Service Road 206, which is to the right of Route 52. Big Bend is set amidst orchard grass under canopy of oaks at an elevation of 4,000 feet. The site offers vistas of the ridge and valley terrain to the south. It is open all year and there is no fee.

Two historical markers are next to Big Walker Lookout. One marks the place Molly Tynes supposedly came across the mountain to warn the people of Wytheville about a raid by Colonel John Toland, July, 1863. The other sign tells about the forming of Wythe and Bland counties and marks the boundary between the two.

Drive 2.7 miles to a sign marking the home place of S. H. Newberry. He was a member of the “Big Four” in the Virginia Senate just after the Civil War. Many interesting stories exist about their influence on postwar Virginia.

In another 2.2 miles, U.S. 52 intersects Route 615. This State road is an access point for the Appalachian Trail.

If you’re ready for a picnic, go another 0.1 mile. There is a roadside table on the right side of the road.

Drive 2.8 miles, where U.S. 52 crosses Interstate 77. The byway ends here.

Hiking Resources

Wythe County Trails

New River Trail State Park

Hungry Mother State Park

Shot Tower State Park

Claytor Lake State Park

Slackpacker.com’s Virginia Hiking Trail Finder

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