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Shot Tower State Park

176 Orphanage Dr., Foster Falls, VA 24360; Phone: 276-699-6778; Email: newrivertrail@dcr.virginia.gov

Location of Shot Tower State Park in Virginia

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Latitude, 36.522000. Longitude, -80.522033.

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General Information

Overlooking the New River, Shot Tower was built more than 200 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.

 

Hours

Dawn - dusk.

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

Park Size

10 acres.

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Cabins, camping

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.

Cabins

None at this park.

Camping

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

Recreation

TRAILS

Hiking at New River Trail State Park.

SWIMMING

None at this 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.

Park Trail Guide

Click here for the park's trail guide.

Picnic Shelters

Picnic tables and restrooms available.

Meeting Space and Facilities

MEETING FACILITIES

None at this park.

VISITOR CENTER, GIFT SHOP

None at the tower, but you'll find them in Foster Falls, about 2 miles away.

RESTAURANT

None at this park.

LAUNDRY

None at this park.

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER

None at this park.

SPECIAL FEATURES

None at this park.

Other Info

ACCESSIBILITY

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

NATURE, HISTORY PROGRAMS

Shot Tower's history. Click here to view all parks' events, festivals, workshops and interpretive programs.

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.

HISTORY

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.

FRIENDS GROUP

None.

 

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