Pevs (big, somewhat expensive, has a commercial feel to it)
Skyline (speedballers paradise, not great on safety)
Powerline (small, kinda basic)
Paintball Sportsland MD (decent woods fields and fort but somewhat run-down)
I went there today just to find out for myself what it's all about compared to how it rates on these reviews. I think 6.0 rating is entirely too low.
Getting to the park is a little...different. Basically you drive on a single-lane paved road through someone's expansive private horse ranch for 2 miles. The road degrades after a while and becomes dirt the last half mile. As with most parks I've been to, a vehicle with clearance is nice to have. Nice view though.
You'll find there is no dedicated parking 'lot' but wherever you can find a space along the dirt road. If you have 4wd parking is no problem.
The shack and cars are far enough away that getting a stray ball from a field is pretty rare. All the fields are at the top of a good sized hill that you climb initially. Not horrible but those out of shape may have trouble.
It's hard to comment on the fields as we only played 4 of them, 3 being speedball-type games. Two of them were really only for kids as the bunkers came up about 4' tall. My 6' frame just wasn't working with those. Great for kids. The one woodsball field we went to was pretty large with a 'defend the flag' at the top with attackers having to work up a long, steep hill with lots of trees and brush. Decent room to flank. Nice.
Prices are good. $10 field charge. Depending on the size/PSI of your nitro tank fills range from $3-6 and CO2 20oz at $4. One problem though, their booster was acting screwy so they could only fill to 3500 today. Only one HP fill station too. They also have the usual hot dogs/soda/chips and lunch was from 1-2pm. They could use some more picnic tables though...maybe later in the spring?
So my basic first impression of the park is pretty good. Staff is very friendly and quick to help out, rules are enforced and play runs at a good rate. We didn't wait around all that long for the next game to start. They even split up the 'rentals/Spyders/Tippmans' from the more experienced guys so they could have a chance to actually play. I like that. Oh, be sure to bring ALL your supplies with you. Hiking down that hill path back to the car can be a real drag. We didn't break once in 3 hours to get supplies. Bring extra air too.
I went to Hogback Mountain Paintball with a group of people and was not overly impressed.
RENTAL EQUIPMENT: Our group (about 25) ALL had at least ine failure throught the day.... many of us had multiple. The Equipment was very poorly maintained, the action on the pump markers was sticky and clogged with debris (when it worked). The masks were the typical cheap SCOTT masks that were scratched and in general disrepair. The CO2 tabks were the cheap 9oz Cro-mo type.
REFEREES: I have a difficult time even stating that the people on the fields were Referees... I have ref'd large events and understand the difficulty of doing a good job. Our guides (refs) were 13-15 years old, did not know what they were doing, did not even have flags available for the flag games. On one ocasion I yelled at a ref for sitting on a tree stump in the playing field during a game without a mask. The refs were never in the way... in fact if you could find one to call the game after you hang the flag, eliminate the last opponent, etc you were lucky.
FACILITIES: The facilities were undersized for the number of players, there was not enough tablespace to set up your gear.
FIELDS: The Fields were adverage at best... There were many dangers in the field to be wary of.. I found a rusted barbed wire fence, 2-3 inch tree stumps cut at a height of 6-12 inches tall (makes a great spear), etc. Bunkers were o.k. and offered enough cover to be useful without offering too much.
There was no bunkering, and a 20ft engagement rule but other than that things were typical.
I've played at Pev's and Skyline Paintball (Strausburg, VA) and they were MUCH better.
Poor paint (would not break), inexperienced refs (would not do paint checks or repair guns), and treat players poorly (after paying for CO2 refill they would not refund money due to being low on CO2). My friend that I brought with me, was a novice and had to go through 3 rental markers before he finally found one that worked properly. Their rental equipment is extremely poor (all goggles lack thermal coating or the coating is extremely scratched, markers contain the smallest CO2 tank possible, and are typically not cleaned causing them to jam frequently).
The fields are small with not a lot of cover and because of the close proximity to DC usually overcrowded with too many players. I would strongly recommend the drive to Skyline Paintball out in Strausberg, VA (about an hour from DC) rather than going to this field. After 6 years of competitive paintball, I've never had a worse experience playing, I will never support Hogback Mountain fields again
I have played at Hogback paintball 15 times now last time being yesterday. I have played at 2 other places and i found the rules at hogback to be set up correctly and fairly.
One person said that they are poor refs, dont give arm bands and have poor paint. well firstly there refs are great they talk to you and let you know everything you should need to know as for that person getting shot when hes dead i took it to mean u were playing mini bunkers, castle or barrles well your a fool if u just walk off the course on mini bunkers and barrles cause ur gonna get shot a few times if u do go out of bounds asap. Also they give arm bands ive been going there since 2001 and they give armbands everytime. and yes it is true they have poor paint but you can buy it better and cheeper at Checkit, and Pevs very close to FairFax, leesburg and woodbridge.
all and all this is one of best places and is for noobs and experience
Hogback is a great place to play paintball. I've only played there once and it was fun. The refs are great, low prices, lots of fun, great fields. It is probably the best place that I have ever played. I would like to go back there again. The target range is good. The best courses there are castle, barrels and the little ditch. I prefer the castle course because it has good bunkers. It is a big course and it has a lot of cover. Hogback has low prices for C02 refills. Hogback has lots of fields to play on. The best thing they have there is the game D-day and the game Mars Attacks. It is a great field.
Jungle, Valley, and Castle are the best games there. The hyperball course is horrible, but the other fields are fun. The only bad thing about it was how far away each field was from the last, by the time the next game started you were already exhausted from the hike. Also in castle, i wouldnt reccomend being the general if you're on the side closest to the dead zone. There are a couple planks missing from the front wall so theres no good cover for you.
They can realy improve there. The private rentals are way too expensive $38 for a pump! The Semi rental is good (tippman pro/carbine), but there are a lot of troubles. The refs don't interact with you, it's obvious they're only in it for the pay and don't have any passion for the game. The speedball sucks, the bunkers are smooshed into a really tiny space and the bunkers are more like woodsball bunkers. There's three great feilds though, Valley, Castle, Fort. Very good setup for the center flag games. You have to be 15 feet away to shoot someone, that I don't like. It's impossible to shoot someone from 20 or 30 feet off in the forest feilds. Overall it's middle of the line.
This has got to be the worst feild that i have ever played on. I've been playing paintball for over 8 years now. HogBack dosen't have a pro shop, its in the middle of nowhere with unpaved roads and the walk to the feilds is a uphill hike.
The fields are small and poorly maintained, the speedball field has pipes sticking out of the barrels if your not looking you could easily impail yourself. The judges are distant and do not want to be botherd refing the game, or enforcing the rules. Their 20 foot rule would of been good if it was followed and enforced. I had gotten shot and put my barrel plug in and gun over my head, walking off the field saying " DEAD MAN WALKING" i got shot repeatley by four players less than twenty feet away from me with a ref standing right there and he did nothing. I confronted the refree after the game and asked him why he did nothing, he told me that it was my job to run off the field and i should of been more careful, he made no comment on the twenty foot rule either. Overall this is the worst place that i have ever played at, the refs had absolutley no control over the players during gameplay, I would not reccomend playing there. They don't even sell proball.
paint they had some mickey mouse brand (i don't remember the name) the paintballs were deformed from the heat causing them to zig zag when they came out of my barrel.
HogBack paintball is the worst feild that i have ever played on, I hope they replace or properly train their judges, but i don't think that i will ever go back there. Thats the only time that i played paintball and i didn't feel safe playing. They don't even give you arm bands to distinguish teams. I give HogBack a 1 WORST!!!
If your ever in Pennsylvania i would reccomend SKIRMISH USA I give them a 10
Last edited on Monday, July 7th, 2003 at 11:37 pm PST
i haven't played at anyother field but theres Pev's@AG and VAG in the area where i live
Well this was the first field i ever played at and this field is newbie friendly. and they enforce the safty rules like it was law. Their scenario's are epic. i've played Mars attacks, their mini D-day ,their Big D-day,and Dien Bien phu. They enforce the Sportsmanship rules very well during those scenarios but during walk-on play i've seen many refs stand in the middle of the field behind an alcove of trees talking about who knows what. and the walk up hill is a killer but after a few consistant visits you'll get use to it. But their security is very poor. My friend left his bag down by the cabin and came down at the end of the day he had lost his spare Richet hopper and his wallet. Plus the people who work there wouldn't do a thing about it. Most of their speed ball fields are poorly managed. But I believe they are making repairs on their fields right now so i think by next year the fields will be in better condition . They're the only one of the 3 fields in my area that has night paintball during the summer. another con to this field is the fact that they over charge you for a case of paint its $80 for a case of zap paintballs. I know normally fields charge a little more than stores do but thats just over kill. I'd pay at the most $50 for a case of zaps at a field. Oh and i almost forgot they only have 1 nitro fill station and when they serve lunch up at "hog heaven" they don't bring it up with the co2 fills.
i'm giving this field a 7 because i know it has potential but needs a ton more inproving to reach that and they have nice refs but rather usless ones cuz i've seen an entire team wipe with out a ref saying a thing
i like it alot. its the only place i play besides when im on vacation in another state. the refs are nice, and good with the rules. Gim does a good breif. if bunkering was aloud it would be better but without bunkering its still cool. they just got some sup air added to a field so that is sweet. it is a hell of a work out to get to all the fields but it does the body good. good prices for playing, lunch, and other stuff. paint is expensive there but thats why i buy at the store.