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Intersection of Interstates 77 and 81

in Southwest Virginia


283 Pauley Flatwoods Road, Austinsville

I-77, Exit 24 or I-81/77 Exit 80

276-699-6778 •

Overlooking the New River, Shot Tower was built more than 150 years ago to make ammunition for the firearms of the early settlers. Lead from the nearby Austinville Mines was melted in a kettle atop the 75-foot tower and poured through a sieve, falling through the tower and an additional 75-foot shaft beneath the tower into a kettle of water. Guests may ascend the tower, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. Interpretive signs provide details on the tower.


Grounds are open from dawn until dusk. The parking lot is open year-round. The tower is open occasionally on weekends in the summer. Group tours are also available. Call the office at 276-699-6778 for details.


Complete information on the Virginia State Parks website.

LOCATION:  From I-77, take exit 24 and go north on Route 52 for two miles.


Drive Time: Northern Virginia, six and a half hours; Richmond, five hours; Tidewater/Norfolk/Virginia Beach: seven and a half hours; Roanoke, one and a half hours


OVERNIGHT FACILITIES: None - day use only, but see New River Trail State Park for overnight camping facilities near this park. For information on availability of other parks' overnight accommodations, particular park amenities or to make a reservation, you can reserve online or call 1-800-933-PARK. Click here for park fees.




CAMPING: Primitive camping is available about .2 miles along New River Trail. Call 800-933-7275 to make reservations.




TRAILS: Hiking at New River Trail State Park.


FISHING, BOATING: None at the tower, but boat access and rentals are available at New River Trail State Park.








HORSES: The Mark E. Hufeisen Horse Complex is about .2 miles from the tower.


PARKS CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.


VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP: None at the tower, but you'll find them in Foster Falls, about 2 miles away.


NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS: Shot Tower's history. Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.


ACCESSIBILITY: Shot Tower grounds and restrooms are accessible. The Shot Tower is not accessible, however photos of the tower and views are on display..


CONCESSIONS: None at the tower, but a boat, bike and horse livery and a gift shop are available .2 miles away at New River Trail State Park's Foster Falls village.






CONTACT INFO: New River Trail State Park, 176 Orphanage Dr., Foster Falls, VA 24360; Phone: (276) 699-6778; email: newrivertrail. Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email resvs.

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