North Carolina’s shooting ranges

The Odom Shooting Range features a rifle range, pistol range, and a target archery range.

10 public shooting ranges are available for NC hunters, shooters

To help firearms owners, the NCWRC manages and/or partners with 10 public shooting ranges located throughout North Carolina. 

Six of these ranges are managed wholly by NCWRC. Three others are available through county partnerships with the Commission, and one is a partnership between NCWRC and the YMCA Camp Hanes.

Each range has its own unique set of features, schedules and rules. Some facilities have shotgun ranges, some have rifle ranges, some have archery ranges, some have pistol ranges, and some have a combination of different ranges.

Hours are different for each facility, and change seasonally for some of them. Most require shooters to bring their own targets.

The NCWRC and its partners operate 10 shooting ranges throughout North Carolina.

NCWRC-managed ranges

Flintlock Valley Shooting Range

The Flintlock Valley Shooting Range is a partnership between the NCWRC and the U.S. Forest Service. 

Amenities include the following:

100-yard rifle range with seven shooting stations 

25-yard pistol range with four shooting stations 

This is a wheelchair-accessible range with a gravel parking lot and a vault toilet.

Where: 1359 Moccasin Creek Rd., Troy, NC

Phone: 704-244-0245

Cost: $10 per person/per day; $60 per year. Passes may be purchased from the following sources:

Uwharrie National Forest, 789 Biscoe Rd., Troy, NC

Eldorado Outpost, 4021 Hwy. 109 North, Troy, NC

Troy Welcome Center, 100 W. Main St., Troy, NC

 

John Lentz Hunter Education Complex

Shooters must obtain a range pass after viewing an on-site range safety video, and reviewing the range rules with a Range Safety Officer.

Amenities at this complex include the following:

50- and 100-yard rifle ranges with 10 shooting stations each

25-yard pistol range with 10 shooting stations

5-stand shotgun range

3-D archery range with 20 targets

Two combination skeet/trap ranges

This is a universally accessible facility. 

Where: 1017 Millstone Rd., Ellerbe, NC

Phone: 910-434-3378

Cost: All ranges are free of charge. Shotgunners can purchase a round of 25 clays for $3.

The John Lentz Hunter Education Complex offers shotgun ranges, along with rifle, pistol, and archery ranges.

Odom Shooting Range

A range pass can be obtained on-site after completing the proper safety briefings.

Amenities include the following:

100-yard rifle range with eight shooting stations

25-yard pistol range with eight shooting stations

Target archery range with six shooting stations

This is a universally accessible range.

Where: 709 Striper Lane, Jackson, NC

Phone: 252-370-6024

Cost: Free

 

R. Wayne Bailey-Caswell County Shooting Range

Range passes can be obtained on-site after the proper safety briefings.

Amenties at this site include:

100-yard rifle range with five shooting stations

Roaming archery course with 10 separate 3D targets

25-yard pistol range with five shooting stations

Concrete parking space and paved sidewalks to shooting shelters and target areas

This is a universally accessible range.

Where: 3670 NC Hwy 86 South, Yanceyville, NC

Phone: 743-244-0939

Cost: Free

 

Wake County Firearms Education and Training Center

These shooting stations are covered and provide protection from nearby ejected rounds.

Shooters are required to make reservations before going to this range. Reservations can be made through NC Wildlife’s Lane Reservations portal at ncwildlife.org/outdoor-activities/shooting-ranges/wake-county-firearms-education-and-training-center/lane-reservations.

Amenities at this facility include:

100-meter rifle range

50-meter multi-use range

50-meter pistol-only range

Indoor range (not temperature controlled)

This is a universally accessible range.

Where: 3921 Old Holly Springs Apex Rd., Apex, NC

Phone: 919-303-0851

Cost: Free

This is an age-restricted facility. Children under the age of 12 are not permitted to shoot. Shooters 12 to 17 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian, and must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older.

 

Wayne E. Smith Cold Mountain Shooting Range 

The Wayne E. Smith Cold Mountain Shooting Range is a universally accessible range with the following amenities:

100-yard rifle range with five shooting lanes

50-yard pistol range with five shooting lanes

Where: 8252 Lake Logan Rd., Canton, NC

Phone: 828-648-1500

Cost: Free

 

County Partner Ranges

Foothills Public Shooting Complex

The Foothills Public Shooting Complex is a partnership between the NCWRC and Cleveland County. It is open to the general public, shooting sports teams, and law enforcement for practice, training, and recreational use.

This 185-acre complex is one of the largest public outdoor shooting facilities in the southeast. The entire campus is handicap accessible.

Most of these facilities include a pistol range.

The amenities here include:

250-yard rifle range with 10 lanes, and targets at 100, 150, 200, and 250 yards

20-yard handgun range with 12 lanes

50-yard rifle and handgun range with 18 lanes (rifle only on weekends)

Steel target range for pistol caliber only

Archery practice range

3D archery range

Outdoor pavillions with picnic tables and grills

Concession area

Restrooms

Where 283 Fielding Rd., Cherryville, NC

Phone: 704-447-8230

Cost: Various (see foothillspublicshooting.cc/range-fees)

 

Holly Shelter Shooting Range

This universally accessible range is a partnership between NCWRC and Pender County Parks and Recreation.

 Amenities include:

200-yard rifle range with 12 shooting stations

50-yard pistol range with 12 shooting stations

Target archery range

3-D archery course with 20 stations

Where: 8718 Shaw Hwy., Rocky Point, NC

Phone: 910-259-8351

Cost: $10 (adults), $5 (17 and younger)

 

McDowell County Shooting Range

This range is a partnership between NCWRC and McDowell County, and offers the following:

100-yard range

25-yard range

Practice archery range

3D archery range

Where: 2882 Ashworth Rd., Marion, NC

Phone: 828-652-3001

Cost: $7 day pass. $155 yearly pass for EMS, LEO, Military, and 65+.  $185 for county residents, $185 for non-county residents.

Archery ranges are a big part of the majority of North Carolina’s ranges.

Van Camp Family Shooting Range at YMCA Camp Hanes

The Van Camp Family Shooting Range is a partnership between NCWRC and YMCA Camp Hanes. The ADA accessible range is open to the general public, and to YMCA Camp Hanes, summer camp participants and shooting sports teams.

Amenities here include:

50-yard rifle range

Practice archery range

Where: 1225 Camp Hanes Rd., King, NC

Phone: 336-983-3131

Cost: $10/hour or $20/hour with use of Camp Hanes equipment. 

 

NCWRC’s lead reclamation project

The more people shoot at these ranges, the more lead finds its way onto the properties. NCWRC’s lead reclamation project recovers lead on their shooting ranges, which reduces the risk of ricochets, bullet fragmentation, and lead mobilization in runoff. Every 6 to 8 years, the Commission removes lead through various means, and sends it to a certified recycler. The lead is then smelted down and reused.

In August of 2019, they recovered and recycled more than 15,000 pounds of lead from just the Flintlock Shooting Range alone. 

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