Shot Tower Historical State Park
Foster Falls, VA

Park size: 10 acres.

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 Shot Tower at the parkmelted 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. For a small fee, guests may ascend the tower which is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Group tours are available by appointment. Call the park at (276) 699-6778, for more information.

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

New River Trail State Park
176 Orphanage Drive
Foster Falls, VA 24360
Phone: (276) 699-6778

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

Learn more about park offerings by calling 1-800-933-PARK or email

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