Saturday, September 5, 2009

Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway

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, at 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.

For more on the BWM Scenic Byway: Click Here.

For the story of Preacher Bob: Click Here.

For the story of Molly Tynes: Click Here.

For the easy way to see the scenery: Click Here.

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