The George Washington and Jefferson National Forests 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:
The Blacksburg Shooting Range is located north of Blacksburg. 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.
The sighting-in range is located on the Gathright WMA in Clay Lick Hollow and may be accessed from State Route 600 south of Route 39. No reservations are required. Visitors age 17 and older who do not possess a valid Virginia hunting, freshwater fishing, or trapping license, or a current Virginia boat registration, will need to purchase an Access Permit.
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.
Potts Slope Shooting Range in New Castle is for rifle and pistol practice only. The lanes are sheltered from the sun and each one has a shooting bench that accommodates left and right-handed shooters. This range is designed for firing at stationary targets at 25, 50, and 100 yards. Shooters must bring paper targets to affix to the wire mesh fence.
A public sporting clays course that throws various types of targets at different speeds and distances for a challenging shooting course. Shotguns needed.Open by appointment; Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. More information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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