- The Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway showcases the natural beauty of southwest Virginia and the history of the area. The byway passes through 16 miles of national forest and private land in Bland and Wythe Counties. Travelers will find it easily accessible from Interstates 77 and 81, at Wytheville. It can be a refreshing alternative to interstate driving for those who might like to leisurely enjoy some beautiful fall scenery.
The area is rich with history, some of which can be read on roadside markers. The byway begins at the intersection of Route 717 and Interstate 77, about 5 miles north of Wytheville. Off Route 52 at the Big Walker Lookout there is a 100-foot tower, at the top of which you will find a breathtaking view of several states.
Recreation - Claytor Lake State Park is a popular attraction and fairly close to the byway. It has limited hiking trails, freshwater swimming beach, boating and fishing opportunities, a full-service marina, visitor center, concession, beautiful lakeside cabins, camping with full hookups, interpretive programs and six rental shelters accommodating large groups.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The mountainous Blue Ridge area has cold winter months with temperatures ranging from 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius) and dropping below 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The summer mountainous Blue Ridge temperatures range from below 74 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius) to 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius).
This byway is easily accessible from Interstates 77 and 81, at Wytheville. The byway begins at the intersection of Route 717 and Interstate 77, about 5 miles north of Wytheville.