Longbow Archery Trailhead

Area Status: Open
taking aim on the Longbow Trail

This 0.78-mile archery trail has 25 field targets. The entire trail is barrier free but the first section does have an incline and gravel pathway. Sites 18 through 25 are fully-accessible by federal standards.

The long loop is a 0.62 mile  long gravel trail with 18 archery targets, some of which are three-dimensional. The elevation change is less than 40-foot elevation change.

The shorter loop is 0.16-mile and is level, surfaced with crushed limestone, and is designed for accessibility. There are ten archery targets along this segment of trail with bow hangers and benches along the way.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: Sunrise to sunset.
Fees: Free
Usage: Medium


Never shoot an arrow until you are positive that no one is in front of you or behind the targets.
• Watch for horses using the adjacent horse trail system.
• Do not shoot at anything other than targets provided, this is unlawful and dangerous.
• The numbered sign posts are the recommended shooting positions for each target. One arrow per target.
• If you are retrieving arrows behind the shooting line, make sure you alert all other archers. Do not attempt to retrieve arrows while another archer is shooting a target adjacent to you.
• No broadheads are allowed on the range. Field points only. Please withdraw arrows gently to reduce damage to targets.
• Be sure to stay on the marked path.
• Anyone under the age of 18 must be under adult supervision at all times.
• No hunting is permitted within the Developed Recreation Area.
• Bright colored clothing is recommended on the range.
• Respect all others using the range.
• Archery trail is open for use at sunrise and closes at sunset.

Closest Towns: Ironton, OH
Water: None
Restroom: Vault toilet at boatramp
Operated By: Wayne NF
Information Center: If you, a friend, or a club are interested in volunteering to help maintain this trails, please contact the Ironton District Office.

General Information

General Notes:

Partners, who helped the Forest Service create this trail were the National Wild Turkey Federation, Lawrence County Bass Club, and B.S.A. Eagles Scouts.

The trailhead is across from the boat dock with the longer trail continuing on from a loop off the shorter trail. 

Recreation Map

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Target Shooting

We have a barrier free trail with archery targets available (across from the boat launch) in the Lake Vesuvius Recreation Area.

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