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Dirty John Shooting Range

average rating   Rated 4 out of 5.0 based on 2 member reviews.

Address: Forest Service Road 711

Franklin, NC 28734

Range Type: Pistol, Rifle

Hours: 30 minutes after dawn and 30 minutes before dusk

Days Open: Open year round.

Latitude: 35.20146 Longitude: -83.38146

Phone: 828 524-6441

Indoor: No

Outdoor: Yes

Maximum Distance: 100 yards

Firing Points: 6

Handguns Allowed: Yes

Rifles Allowed: Yes

Range Status: Open

Range Fee:

Daily permit fees are $3 per person, with the annual permit costing $25 per person. *Note: Purchasing the $25 annual permit will allow shooters to use all three ranges in Nantahala National Forest. Fee rules did not change for shooters under the age of 16. They are not required to have a permit, but must be accompanied by an adult and must provide identification, if asked.

Passes must be purchased before traveling to the range. Passes are available at: • Nantahala Ranger District Office, 90 Sloan Rd. Franklin, N.C. 28734;

Lakes End Grill, 17838 Wayah Rd. Topton, N.C. 28781;
Bryant Bait and Tackle, 18154 Wayah Rd., Aquone, N.C. 28781;
Carolina Mini Mart, 205 Sloan Rd., Franklin, N.C. 28734;
Caney Fork General Store, 7032 Highway 107, Cullowhee, N.C. 28723; and
Top Cats Grocery, 3275 U441 South, Sylva, N.C. 28779.

Range users must possess their passes when at the range. A pass holder and clip will be provided for season passes.


From Franklin take 64 W for approximately 3 miles, turn right at Wayah Bald/ LBJ Job Corps sign. Turn left on SR 1310 at Loafer's Glory gas station and travel approximately 10 miles. Turn right onto Forest Service Road 711 (It is 1.6 miles past Wayah Bald turnoff). Follow it 1.2 miles to the shooting range turnoff on the right. The range is 3/10 mile.

Range Rules:

Open year round this is a self service fee area. Alcohol is prohibited. Stationary paper targets or manufactured silhouette targets only, no bottles, cans or other breakable targets. Skeet shooting is prohibited. Anyone under the age of 16 must be supervised by an adult. Pick up all brass and dispose of properly. Handle your firearm with care. All fire arms must be action open and unloaded when entering and exiting the range. No fully automatic weapons or archery. Shoot only at the firing line, do not shoot across range. Check with other shooters to be sure all firearms are unloaded and down before entering down range. No spectators allowed at shooting benches on the firing line while shooting occurs. No tracer or incendiary type ammunition allowed. No wheeled vehicles beyond concrete pad except individuals with disabilities in wheeled units. For additional information contact the Nantahala Ranger District, 90 Sloan Road, Franklin, NC 28734, (828) 524-6441.

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Submitting member: Earl N

Submitted on: March 18, 2014

Good range

Good range to go and shoot and have fun with good privacy.

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Submitting member: Neil K

Submitted on: April 13, 2014

no skeet

Nice place, but you're limited to the kind of target you can use, no skeet shooting