GENERAL INFO: 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.
Click here for a brochure about the Shot Tower.
Park size: 10 acres.
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AT-A-GLANCE: The pictographs directly below show park offerings. Click on those of interest or read below for more detail. Mouse-over the image for a short text description or click here to view a legend in which each pictograph's meaning is expressed.
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
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PARK MAP: The Shot Tower is part of New River Trail State Park. Click here for a trail guide for that park.
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.
PARKS CALENDAR OF EVENTS: Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS: Shot Tower's history. Click here to view park events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS: Blue Ridge Plateau Regional Tourism Center; Blue Ridge Travel Association; Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, 276-728-5397; Carroll County Tourism and Blue Ridge Plateau, 888-785-2781; Grayson County Tourism, 276-773-2471; Galax Tourism, 276-238-8130; New River Trail State Park, 276-699-6778; Pulaski County Chamber of Commerce, 540-674-1991; Twin County Regional Chamber of Commerce, 276-236-2184; Wytheville Convention and Visitors Bureau, 877-347-8307; Wythe-Bland Chamber of Commerce, 276-223-3365.
HISTORY: As above in General Information section
Master plans must be written for parks before they're built.
The plans are updated at least once every five years thereafter.
The plans cover the size, types, infrastructure and locations of facilities as well as the site's special features and resources.
Three public meetings are held during the initial development of each plan.
Click here (PDF) for this park's master plan.
New River Trail State Park,
176 Orphanage Dr.,
Foster Falls, VA 24360;
Phone: (276) 699-6778;
Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email resvs.