Friends of Hobbs
State Park-Conservation Area

UPDATE – June 17, 2021

Arkansas State Parks Reopens Shooting Range at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

(ROGERS, Ark.) – The shooting range at Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area reopens at 8 a.m., on June 18, 2021. The redesigned shooting range has five shooting lanes, including one lane designed for wheelchair use, is 100 yards long, and is free for the public to use.

“Outdoor recreation is so important to Arkansans and is available in abundance at our system of Arkansas State Parks,” said Stacy Hurst, secretary of the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage, and Tourism. “We are very pleased to re-open the shooting range at Hobbs to those sportsmen and -women who enjoy improving their marksmanship skills.”
 
The park provides target holders that can be positioned at 25, 50, 75, or 100 yards. The shooting range is designed for rifles and handguns but is not designed for shotgun use.

The shooting range was closed two years ago due to safety concerns requiring an evaluation of the range design and operations that resulted in a redesign and major rehabilitation.

“We are excited to reopen the shooting range, especially knowing that it has been sorely missed by 8,000 to 10,000 annual park visitors. We appreciate the patience of our range users as we made these improvements,” Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area Superintendent Mark Clippinger said.

“There is great demand for public shooting ranges, especially near large population centers,” Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Deputy Director Chris Colclasure said. “The Hobbs range will serve a great need for the public in northwest Arkansas.”

Legacy Construction Management, Inc. of Fayetteville, Ark., was the contractor on the project. CEI Engineering Associates, Inc., of Bentonville, Ark., was the design firm. The total cost of the project was $126,555.

“These much-needed safety improvements were made possible by an Arkansas Natural and Cultural Council (ANCRC) grant,” Arkansas State Parks Director Grady Spann said. “We understand how important this shooting range is to the community and we’re glad to be reopening it.”

The shooting range is near the intersection of State Highway 12 and 303 North. The hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday and it is closed Mondays for maintenance. It is also closed for Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area permitted hunting seasons: five days in November, five days in December, and two days in January. Shooters are asked to use only paper or cardboard targets and wooden clothespins. The range is unsupervised, and shooters are asked to communicate with others to safely use the facility.

About Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area

Established in 1979, Hobbs State Park-Conservation is Hobbs is Arkansas’s largest state park, spanning a 12,054-acre tract of Ozark landscape along the southern shore of Beaver Lake. It’s an asset to the ecosystem and water with minimum human impact.

Highlights of this day-use park include a diverse, 54-mile trail system with hiking, ADA, mountain biking, and horseback riding trails, and 11 primitive campsites, six of which are accessible by mountain biking, the first in Northwest Arkansas. It’s the only state park in Arkansas to allow regulated hunting. The visitor center includes exhibits about the park’s natural resources, limestone landscape, and history. Interpretive programs and workshops are offered throughout the year. The park also has a shooting range that is open to the public free of charge.
    

Hobbs Shooting Range

Enjoy safe handgun and rifle practice at the Hobbs Shooting Range. The shooting range accommodates target stands at distances of 25, 50, 75 and 100 yards. Five covered shooting stations are provided including one barrier-free station. The range has a concrete floor and a metal trap to catch fired rounds.

Shooters are required to provide their own targets (paper or cardboard only) and clothes pins (wooden only) for affixing targets to the stands. Used targets and brass should be removed before leaving the range.

Safety and courtesy among shooters is of utmost importance. Please call out "RANGE CLEAR" and confirm that all shooting has ceased before entering the target area.

Location

The range entry road is near the intersection of State Highways 12 and 303 North.  Drive 10 miles east of Rogers Arkansas on Highway 12. Immediately past the intersection with Highway 303, turn right to enter the road leading to the Shooting Range. See map below.

Schedule of Hours

  • Open Tuesday – Sunday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Closed on Monday
  • Closed during Hobbs permit hunts (12 days in the Fall) - SEE BELOW

CLOSURE NOTICE!  During permit hunts, the Shooting Range will be closed! 
Closures include fall gun and muzzle loading deer seasons, and fall youth gun deer season. There are 12 days for permit hunts during the fall of each year, which include some weekends. Additionally, the range may be closed during inclement weather. The current Arkansas Game & Fish Hunting Guide book will list permit hunt dates, they are listed HERE on our Hunting page, or call Hobbs State Park Conservation Area at 479-789-5000.

Range Status
If you are concerned about the usability of the range following bad weather or during hunting seasons, check HERE for the current status.




If you have ANY questions or concerns, please call the visitor center at 479-789-5000. 

If you are concerned about the usability of the range following bad weather, during special events or during hunting seasons, check HERE for the current status.


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