Things to Do > Nature/Trails > Monster Rock Hiking Trail

155 Sherwood Forest Road
Wytheville, VA 24382

Monster Rock is an outstanding vista of the Stony Fork watershed which includes beautiful Bland and Wythe County farmscapes and historic Garden Mountain to the north. This short trail hike leaves Big Walker Lookout parking lot and leads to a large rock outcrop. It is a nice side trip of the Big Walker Mountain Scenic Byway. A drive out this dirt road 3.9 miles to the picnic area provides equally beautiful views from the car that can be seen on the hike. The parking lot for Monster Rock is at the Walker Mountain Lookout Tower across from the entrance road to the Big Bend Picnic Area.


I-81 N or S: take Exit 70 onto U.S. 52 North - travel 12 miles to Big Walker Lookout.

I-77 S: take Exit 52 onto U.S. 52 South - travel 8 miles on the scenic byway to Big Walker Lookout.

I-77 N: take Exit 47 onto State Route 717. Follow 717 for 4 miles to U.S. 52 North, turn right and drive 4 miles up the scenic mountain highway to Big Walker Lookout.

View Map and Driving Directions

Wythe Ranger District at Wytheville: (276) 228-5551
Big Walker Lookout: (276) 228-4401


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