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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:

  • 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.

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Shooting Ranges

  • Bedford Rifle and Revolver Club Expand Collapse

    The club maintains a 100 yard range. Find upcoming shooting events on the club website. BRRC is a private gun club, open to the public during organized shooting events only. Guests are allowed in the facility only when accompanied by a member unless shooting at a scheduled event.

  • Blacksburg Shooting Range Expand Collapse

    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.

    • 10 covered lanes
    • 10 uncovered lanes
    • Vault bathroom
    • Maximum distance – 100 yards
    • 18 position rifle/pistol range and single position shotgun
  • Blue Ridge Shooters Club Expand Collapse

    This private, members only club includes a 100 yard rifle range and 25 yard handgun range. Membership is $80 a year.

  • Franklin County Gun Club Inc. Expand Collapse

    The Franklin County Gun Club is located on approximately 67 acres in Rocky Mount with five skeet fields, two trap fields, and a wobble, single and double field. The club is membership-based and guests are allowed on a limited basis.

  • Gathright WMA Shooting Range Expand Collapse

    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.

  • Giles County Shooting Association Range Expand Collapse

    The private organization offers two covered shooting areas for handguns and rifles with targets at different yardage. Gated entrance for members only.

  • Homestead Resort Shooting Club Expand Collapse
    World-famous sporting clays courses (First U.S. Open 1992) extend for almost a mile through the woods with a scenic journey that simulates many types of game birds and rabbits. Offerings include two sporting clays courses, four skeet fields, trap and five-stand courses. Guns, ammo, targets and vests as well as eye and ear protection are provided. Certified N.S.C.A. shooting instructors are available for group and private lessons. Reservations are required.
  • Izak Walton League, Roanoke Valley Chapter Expand Collapse

    This private, members only range includes a setup for 25 yard pistol range, 50 yard range, and 250 yard range. Contact Scot Sutherland, secretary and webmaster, for information (

  • Low Moor Shooting Range Expand Collapse

    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.

    • 6 covered lanes
    • Vault bathroom
    • Maximum distance is 100 yards
  • Potts Slope Shooting Range Expand Collapse

    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.

  • PSS Range and Training Expand Collapse

    This indoor shooting range is the region’s premier training location, with classes offered multiple times each month. Email for information.

  • Quail Ridge Sporting Clays Expand Collapse

    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

  • Ridge Rifle Association Expand Collapse

    This private, members only range includes 100 yard range and 200 yard range. The association meets at 7 p.m. the first Thursday of each month at Bellacino’s Restaurant in Daleville.

  • Roanoke Rifle and Revolver Club Expand Collapse

    This private, members only range includes a setup for skeet, five stand, 50 yard range, 100 yard range, and 500 yard range.

  • Summit Springs Shooting Sports Expand Collapse

    The public range includes sporting clays, skeet, five stand, modified bunker trap, upland angles, and 25 yard range.

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