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Elevation: 3405 ft.
Built in 1947, Big Walker Lookout has been run continuously by the Kime family. The original tower has now been rebuilt and restored and the chair lift leading to the top of Walker Mountain has been removed. The family has future plans to improve access to the mountain via hiking trails and the creation of a new access road. The site’s main attraction is clearly the 100-foot Big Walker Lookout Tower. On a clear day, the view from the top encompasses mountain peaks in five states. At the base of the tower, the Mountain Top Deli serves up great snacks and houses a gift shop filled with local handicrafts. The grounds of Big Walker Lookout Tower attract a variety of wildlife similar to that of the other local wildlife viewing sites. While the Deli’s hummingbird feeders attract numerous ruby-throats, the main appeal for the site is hawk watching during migration periods. Situated along the imposing ridge of Walker Mountain, the views from the parking area and tower could produce turkey and black vultures, bald and golden eagles, American kestrel, peregrine falcon, as well as sharp-shinned, Cooper’s, broad-winged, and red-tailed hawks.
From the Big Bend Picnic Area, return to US 52. The Big Walker Lookout parking area is across US 52 from its intersection with FR 206.
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- Site Contact: Ronald S. Kime; (276) 228-4438, email@example.com
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