But a stop in Wytheville goes way beyond convenience. For those who choose to travel the Blue Ridge Parkway, savor the views and experience the authentic Virginia lifestyle, it’s a treasure. There is easy access to adventure here. This is the center point of the Claw of the Dragon Motorcycle Trail. This 200-mile route is one of the most popular in the south and includes amazing views and exciting twists and turns.
One of those views is from Big Walker Mountain and the Big Walker Lookout (8711 Stoney Fork Rd, Wytheville, VA 24382). This family-owned and operated attraction sits at an elevation of 3400 feet and the 100-foot-tall tower offers a seemingly endless view. On the ground, the Country Store features local artisan crafts and homemade jams, jellies, candies and more. This is also home to Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway, which crosses 16 miles of mountain vistas. With its historic farmsteads and beautiful forest lands, this route is also a treat for both birders and history buffs.