You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers! Here are the most commonly asked questions about throwing Axes with Blue Ridge Axe Throwing. If you have a question that’s not answered here, contact us today and we’ll answer it for you and add it to the list!
Is it safe?
Absolutely. At Blue Ridge Axe Throwing (BRAX) the safety of our guests is our foremost concern. Before throwing all guests will receive a safety orientation including ranges rules and instruction on safe axe handling.
However, no activity is totally risk-free. We do ask all visitors to read and sign our waiver before they are allowed to throw. You can preview the waiver at the link below.
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Who can throw?
Just about anyone! No prior training or athletic experience is required. Basically if you can throw a softball you can throw an axe. The axes we use on our range weigh about 2 pounds, about the same as a quart of milk. We find this is a size most people can handle and throw safely.
We do limit participation to ages 12 and older during public throwing hours and for league play. For private events we make exceptions to the age rule on a case-by-case basis, and only if we feel there is adequate adult supervision to ensure a safe experience for all.
Can I have a beer while throwing?
Well, it depends... If you're visiting our Roanoke or Blacksburg location during public throwing times, it's a NO. HOWEVER - our Harrisonburg location features a full bar and we're working on our new Blacksburg location which will also feature a full bar. So based on where you are it matters!
Snacks and drinks are available through our on-site vending machines and at the Concessions Stand in Blacksburg as well. The “Axe Lounge” includes plenty of seating and table space to sit, nosh, and socialize.
Private groups (13-200 people) are permitted to bring in their own beer/wine for private events with prior authorization and after obtaining proper Banquet (1-day) license from Va ABC. Might be a good reason to get the gang together and book the range for a couple of hours!
What's with the Arcade?
Funny you should ask! When we decided to open up the NRV location in Downtown Blacksburg, we found the PERFECT spot BUT it was too big for axe throwing alone. Our family had always enjoyed visiting arcades when we were younger, and have been back in them with children of our own now playing. We figured this would be an exciting, fun thing to bring to Blacksburg that would appeal to almost all ages. We've got more info about how the arcade works on our BLACKSBURG ARCADE page.
Now you can also visit our 4th location in Harrisonburg, VA featuring our largest arcade, axe-throwing range, and full restaurant/bar. Check out the HARRISONBURG page for more details.
What equipment is required?
You must wear closed toed shoes in order to throw. We will provide all the other equipment you will need.
Can I bring my own axes?
Yes, but all axes must conform to World Axe Throwing League (WATL) specifications. They must weigh less than 3 pounds. The overall length must be between 12 and 19 inches. They must be single-bit axes and may not have any additional blades or spikes. For details see the “Procedures and Specifications” section of https://worldaxethrowingleague.com/axe-throwing-rules/
How much does it cost?
Our price for throwing is $23 per person, per hour when you make your reservation online. The walk-in rate is $28 per person, per hour.
Each lane is one target. We can comfortably place 4 people on each lane. So if you are booking 2-4 people you will get one lane. 5-8 people will be on two lanes, and so forth. Depending on demand, we may put other axe throwers on one of your lanes to fill the space.
We offer flat-rate hourly pricing for groups of 13-200 via our Private event bookings. You can fill out the quick form here to get instant group pricing emailed to you! Available 7 days a week!
Special pricing and coupons may be available from time to time. Please monitor our social media or sign up for email updates for further info.
Should I tip my Axe Coach?
Yes! Our Axe Coaches work hard to make sure you and your friends have a great experience. You may be a first time visitor just trying to get the axe to stick. Or you may be an experienced thrower seeking a few pointers. Either way our coaches are eager to help.
When they’re not working with guests Axe Coaches are busy learning new games to show you, researching throwing technique, sharpening axes, and maintaining targets.
So if you were happy with your visit, by all means tip your Axe Coach. We suggest a 15-20% gratuity. Thank you!