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Traveling the two Virginias: Big Walker Lookout


Brittany Williams, WVVA News--Atop Big Walker Mountain at an elevation of 3,500 feet you'll find an attraction that has drawn in visitors for more than 65 years.

"We are lucky in the fact that we are on top of a mountain where you can see a complete 360 degree panorama."  Ron Kyme is a second generation owner of Big Walker Lookout and Country Store where guests can find a keepsake as unique as their experience.

"It's half homemade things and local items, and half things that we buy from all over the country from all over the world," said Kyme.

The B.W. Country store offers a variety of handcrafted goods and specialty food items.  "It starts with our jams and jellies they come from right across the state line, down in North Carolina."

However, it's the ice cream that's a must have!  Ron says, "Our ice cream is I guess our most favorite. We have homemade ice cream." 

Then after you've treated yourself to some sweet motivation it's time to start making your way up the tower.  "Some folks have a little more trouble than others. If it's not fun, we say don't do it," said Kyme.

I found the key was to just take it one step at a time until you reach the top.  However, another visitor, Bridget Fraser decided to cut her journey short.  "I went, but I didn't get all the way I'm afraid. I went two thirds of the way up. And then you can start to see the birds coming up, and soaring up, and it was really beautiful."

Although Bridget was thrilled with her trip up the tower, she says she will have to face her toughest critics once she gets home.  "They will think, oh mom what is wrong with you, you should have went all the way. Don't be such a wimp."

If you too, are more comfortable with two feet on the ground, Big Walker Lookout has another option.  "We have free live entertainment every weekend. We have either gospel music, or we've got old time music or bluegrass playing on the porch and people can come up and enjoy that at no charge," said Kyme.

A perfect trip for any budget, with a view that you won't soon forget.  "We say only the birds can see more because when you get up there, you are seeing what the birds are seeing."

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