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Shooting Ranges

The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests have constructed and maintain a number of shooting range facilities for your use and enjoyment. The following shooting range facilities are scattered across the national forests to afford easy access. There is no fee for the use of these facilities. Your cooperation in keeping the shooting facilities clean and safe will ensure their continued availability for many years to come.

A couple of important facts to keep in mind as you plan your visit to the National Forests:

  • Firearms may be discharged for target practice only at established shooting ranges.
  • Firearms may be discharged in the general Forest area for the purpose of hunting during open season.
  • Discharging a firearm in a developed recreation site is dangerous and prohibited.


The Low Moor Shooting Range, located between Clifton Forge and Covington, is open year-round and provides shooting lanes of various lengths, shooting benches, and a parking area. Moving targets, such as clay pigeons, and bottle shooting are prohibited. Take Exit 21 off I-64 and follow SR 616 for about 1.6 miles. Turn into the range at the sign. (map it)

  • 6 covered lanes
  • Vault bathroom
  • Maximum distance - 100 yards

The Potts Slope Shooting Range is located on the right of SR Rt. 311, approximately 7 miles north of New Castle, Virginia. This range is handicap accessible with a covered shooting area. The range features nine lanes for rifle/pistol use with stationary targets at 25, 50 and 100 yards. (map it)

  • 8 covered lanes
  • No bathrooms
  • Maximum distance - 100 yards

The Blacksburg Shooting Range is located north of Blacksburg. From Blacksburg, take US 460 north to SR 621. Turn right, and follow signs to the shooting range on the left. This range offers two facilities; an 18-position rifle/pistol range and a single position shotgun (trap) range. The rifle/pistol range is designed for firing at stationary targets. (map it)

  • 10 covered lanes
  • 10 uncovered lanes
  • Vault bathroom
  • Maximum distance - 100 yards
  • 18 position rifle/pistol range and single position shotgun

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