Field Archery Trail
The Wintergreen Sporting Club's field archery trail has evolved since 2016 into eight stations on five mountainous acres of WPOA property at the very end of Old Stoney Creek Road (about a half-mile beyond the yellow steel gate; turn on Route 751 off Route 151 south of Nellysford).
The entire trail, built by WSC volunteers, was laid-out to be a rocky half-mile loop through deep woods on the side of a mountain with 14 stations.
Club members using the field archery trail should either be part of an event or make an appointment via the WSC archery group leadership. (The target course at Rodes Farm is open at all times.)
There are practical and safety reasons for this restriction. The final half-mile of the road to the trail is behind WPOA's yellow steel gate that requires a key (or a half-mile hike) to access.
Also, because this rugged trail is somewhat isolated, it's best if users not go it alone, or at least check in and out with someone. (There is cellphone coverage in the area, however.) Email email@example.com to arrange access, etc.
The Eight Stations
The field trail is beautiful with decades-old trees providing deep shade in the summer. Much of the mountain trail is very rocky, however. Parts of the upper loop portion require extra care to maintain footing because of the slope. Archers should wear sturdy shoes, such as hiking boots, with good tread and ankle support. Be careful.
Station One: 30 feet (10 yards)
Station Two: 30 feet (10 yards)
Station Three: 60 feet (20 yards) Note: Arrow retrieval lane beside shooting position
Station Four: 45 feet (15 yards)
Station Five: 60 feet (20 yards) Note: Shooting position uphill of path
Station Six: 60 feet (20 yards) Note: Arrow retrieval lane beside shooting position
Station Seven: 45 feet (15 yards)
Station Eight: 75 feet (25 yards)
Stations one through six have archers shooting downhill, stations seven and eight have archers shooting uphill. Each station is different in terms of terrain, footing, and foliage.
Several of the eight stations on the course are plenty challenging, but some have been established for intermediate and beginning field archers.
Questions and suggestions are welcomed. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
"Field archery involves shooting at targets of varying and often unmarked distance, typically in woodland and rough terrain."-From Wikipedia