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Ohio Archery Ranges

Interest in archery has soared since with the release of the movie The Hunger Games with its bow wielding heroine Katniss Everdeen. The archery competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics has also highlighted the sport. If you’d like to hone your bow and arrow skills without paying fees to use an archery range, consider making use one of the state’s many public ranges.

Photo courtesy of Jerry Feist, license: CC BY 2.0

We recently visited a public archery range at the Delaware State Wildlife Area not far from Columbus.  A path leads from the parking lot to a large clearing where the range is situated.  Several wooden tables are provided to hold gear.  Targets are provided at a variety of distances.  A couple of different parties were doing target practice while we were there. To the south of the main range there’s a separate site for doing broadhead arrow target practice (used for hunting). To my surprise, you can see both target ranges in the Google Map that appears later in this post.

A portion of the Public Archery Range at the Delaware Wildlife Area.
One of the targets

If you’d like to try out the archery range in Delaware County, here are directions for getting there: from US-23, exit at OH-229 East.  Turn left at Peters Rd (this becomes CR-156). Left again at CR-21 in the town of Westfield.  The entrance to the (unpaved) range parking lot will be on the left.  The GPS coordinates of the parking lot are N40.432853, W82.997485.

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If you’d like to try some other archery range, check out the table below. If you click the county’s name, you’ll go to our entry in the TrekOhio Guide for that county, and we list archery ranges for that county with the location or directions. Or you can click on the name of the archery range to go the official website and look for location information there.

Central Ohio
County Archery Range
Delaware Delaware State Wildlife Area
Licking Hebron Fish Hatchery
Knox Ariel-Foundation Parkplanned archery range
Northeast Ohio
County Archery Range
Ashtabula Geneva State Park
Columbiana Beaver Creek State Park
Coshocton Woodbury State Wildlife Area
Cuyahoga Mill Stream Run Reservation
Geauga Punderson State Park
Medina Spencer State Wildlife Area
Portage Berlin Lake State Wildlife Area
Wingfoot State Wildlife Area
Stark David Fichtner Outdoor Education Center
Southeast Ohio
County Archery Range
Belmont Barkcamp State Park
Guernsey Salt Fork State Park
Hocking Hocking Hills State Park
Jackson Cooper Hollow State Wildlife Area
Lawrence Lake Vesuvius / Wayne National Forest
Morgan Wolf Creek Wildlife Area
Muskingum Dillon State Park
Tri-Valley State Wildlife Area
Ross Paint Creek State Park
Scioto Shawnee State Park
Vinton Lake Hope State Park
Washington Veto Lake State Wildlife Area
Southwest Ohio
County Archery Range
Brown Indian Creek State Wildlife Area
Butler / Preble Hueston Woods State Park
Clermont Sycamore State Park
Fayette Deer Creek State Wildlife Area
Greene ODNR District Five Office
Spring Valley State Wildlife Area
Montgomery Oak Grove Park
Warren Caesar Creek State Park
Northwest Ohio
County Archery Range
Auglaize St Mary’s Fish Hatchery
Hancock ODNR District Two Office
Lucas Westwinds MetroPark
Lucas Maumee Bay State Park

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