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The Flintlock Valley Shooting Range in the Uwharrie National Forest will close for as long as a year as the Forest Service evaluates its safety after "recent incidents near the range have impacted forest visitors who were recreating in the area," the U.S. Forest Service said today.
A news release called the move "a temporary emergency closure ... while the agency evaluates the range’s future management."
The Flintlock Valley Shooting Range, off of Forest Road 576 in the Badin Lake Area, has two shelters with shooting benches. The rifle range is 100 yards and the pistol range is 50 yards.
The shooting range has been open since 1996, averaging 1,000 visitors per month, according to the Forest Service.
Users who have bought annual passes to the range can contact the Uwharrie National Forest at 910-576-6391 to learn how to obtain a refund.