Shot Tower State Park

Location of Shot Tower State Park in VirginiaOverlooking 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.


  • Dawn - dusk.


  • 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

Contact Shot Tower State Park

Contact Shot Tower State Park

176 Orphanage Dr.
Foster Falls, Virginia  24360
Phone: 276-699-6778


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Wythe County, Virginia