Hogback Mountain, Pev's, Warplay and Splatbrothers
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Overall this was a pretty good place to spend the day. The different fields were good and there is lots of nice terrain. Town and Mars Attacks (I think thats what its called) were great. Depot was not. The the staff was pretty nice and paid attention to people ramping etc. The other players were nice, though I did notice some wiping and some bonus balling. This happens everywhere though so not something I really hold against the field.
1 It seemed to take forever to get games going. There was at least 20 minutes between games when 10 minutes would have been fine. Also, even though the field opened at 10 the first paint was shot after 11. It certainly would have been nice to get started on time.
2: I am used to a much more stringent enforcement of safety rules. It has been mentioned a couple of times below, but barrel covers were not always on and I was really surprised to see people taking masks off while still on the sidelines and in the line of fire. I did not feel unsafe at any time but, I can see problems arising if this is not clamped down on. One loss of an eye and say good bye to Skyline.
Neither of these things would keep me from coming back. Its a long drive for me, but the fields make up for it. If they can improve the times between games this place might enter the regular rotation of fields I play.
AGpaintball. Was my favorite field until its closure.
Adventure Games, closed as well years ago.
Pev's in Woodbridge closed.
Directions to the Field:
Really easy to find. Right off highway 81.
Well this is my new favorite field to play paintball. My main concern for a paintball field is one with fair and reasonable pricing for private games as well as good fields. And Skylinepaintball fulfills all my needs. Out of all the fields I've check out, this is by far the best bang for your buck. Has a great variety for everyone. Speedball and Woods ball players alike. I played on 3 of the woods ball fields Castle, Mars Attacks but my favorite was the Town with the broken down cars in the middle of it. Easy to find cover but still able to advance with bunches of hiding places for stealth. The layout was perfect. They had maybe 3 speedball fields but considering I'm not much of a speedball player can't really say anything about that. It seems they do have their own team though. The owner was a fantastic host, the refs were well trained and confident in there job, plenty of parking and covered picnic tables to relax between games. Lunch is right down the road with a Burger King, Arby's, Mcdonalds and a few other restaurants. They provide compressed air, co2 and a repair facility for your markers as well as an infield store. Rental equipment was well maintained and it was nice to see they used compressed air instead of CO2. I have been twice so far to Skyline and plan on going back very soon. Especially being open from 10 to 5. Most fields stop at 3:30-4pm. It feels good to be playing again after so long.
patterson creek paintball. i think it is such a better place to play at. ill explain why during my review as to why skyline just lacks so much with what patterson has.
Ok so i have been playing at skyline for many a years. Here is what i have to say about it.
1. Before the recent discovery of patterson creek paintball (pcp) skyline was the closet place for me and the guys to go to play paintball. It is about an hour drive but we made it cuz we wanted to play something other than backwoods ball.
1. The reffing is terrible.The refs do not care about their job. Other than 2 or 3 of them they dont even pay attention to the game or the people. We have had so many incidents where other refs or players from their sponsered team come up to play and they dont enforce rules on them. We have witnessed countless times of them being hit and staying in or running ramping during semi only play. I have really just had it with the terrible reffing at this place.
2. When we have went up to the owners to tell them things that have happened that we feel are unjust they seem to have no care about it. I think if u are running a business that is based on having the consumer u would care about their feedback. We have told them things about the refs and the wrongs they do and they have told us stuff like "thats paintball". Well im sorry i dont think or feel that the reffing you recieve at skyline paint ball fits under the catagory of "thats paintball".
First of all, the field is extremely easy to get to, being only a quarter mile from interstate 81, right where it meet with I66. The facilities are quite nice as well, with a fairly well equipped proshop on site, and a good bit of covered staging area with picnic tables to get set up in. I found all staff members that I talked with to be quite friendly and ready to help should they be needed, and I can say very bad about those running the facilities. The playing fields that were setup were well varied to deal with different games and types of play. and seemed to be well set up with plenty of bunkers, though the walk on group for today was large enough some of the smaller fields began to feel crowded as people had to double up behind bunkers on occassion. Finally, the price of playing here is hard to beat, as air/field fee is only 10$ when you buy as case of paintballs which are also reasonably priced.
First of all, and most important, the referees were not as saftey-conscious as I am accustomed to. The briefing given at the beginning of the day was... somewhat lacking. Dry-firing of markers was allowed in the staging area. Players who had been eliminated would often remove masks as they stood on the sidelines to watch the rest of the game, barrel covers were often not all in place after the games when the "OK" was given to remove masks. I believe part of this problem can be attributed to not having enough referees for the walk on group, as it was one kid trying to keep 50-60 people under control during play.
Another issue I noticed more than once is that there were several people playing that had velocities WELL above the 280fps field limit.
Another thing that bugged me was the 10bps Rate of Fire limit. While I can understand the prinicple behind limiting rates of fire that low, and I set my brand new PM7 to that rate, I'm not sure anyone else out on the field did the same. It was not enforced by the refs at all, and I felt like I was put at a disadvantage for complying.
And finally, there are no set deadzones for eliminated players to move to till the end of the games, leaving everyone to try and get out of the fire and sit on the sidelines, where they were often confused as being still in play.
North Mtn is muddy and the people are not as helpful with information, kind of rude. Paintball Adventure Park in Md is a good park but cost a little bit more to go to. Mtn Valley Paintball north of Morgantown WV doesnít return emails or most phone calls and when we called and scheduled a time to be there on Feb 15th, there first day open for the season, (and confirmed as they requested) they no-showed and didnít answer or return calls while we stood at the park. Not impressed when they knew we were traveling and bringing a group.
Directions to the Field:
The directions on the web site are perfect. I love that!
As a parent and wife in a paintball family, safety was the first concern for me. Being family owned shows in the way they care for the site, treat the players and treat the non-players. They are friendly, helpful and professional. When I need to learn something new or need help I have found some fields and stores (North Mtn for one) condescending and sometimes downright rude, but never at skyline. Even though it is my family that plays and not me, they take as much care educating me as they do the guest actually playing the game which makes me feel secure in letting my kids play there even if I canít stay all day.
When some parks are charging up to $99 for paint and requiring field paint only and another $20-40 for field fees, Skyline has kept prices reasonable (paint $50-60 & field fees $10-20) and I donít have to worry if we have a little paint leftover from a past trip (as long as its not crappy Wal-Mart paint of course, hard to clean). Gun rentals are around $25 (starting at $45 at many others) so we are able to introduce more friends and family to the sport without breaking the bank.
They also encourage bringing a sunshade and a picnic so the non-playing family members (which they donít charge) can enjoy the day also. Because of this my husband and I have having our birthday party there in April this year and family from 4 states are coming (most first time players). We canít wait.
My daughter has been playing the longest in my family (4 years) and has played the most parks (4 or 5, I canít remember exactly). There are so many fields to choose from that the worst thing about the site is deciding what you like best. My husband's is the castle, my daughter's is the town, my sonís is the tunnels and mine is the UFO (yep a huge round space ship).
The refs are everywhere, they chrono everyone (sometimes more then once depending on weather and such) and the pro shop has a ton of stuff. Special orders are never a problem if needed (and my family needs it because they are picky but I love em). Skyline has become my families favorite as well as mine. Iíve seen all ages at the field, whether you are 10 years old or 60 you will be treated with respect, given education, and feel safe all while having a blast!
I only gave them a 9 because I wish they had HIS and HER Port-a-potties because teenaged boys are sometimes messy. Otherwise they are a 10 and work to keep the Port-a-potties clean.
Last edited on Monday, February 23rd, 2009 at 11:31 am PST
Ok, So this is the only field i've really ever played at. I play hear about once a month. The Fields are all in great condition. They have been starting to re-do the Town field. They have 9 different woodball fields and a speed ball field that is Turfed.
These are the fields and a brief description.
Town is built on about 1 acher. Its has over 50 buildings with 3-5 of them With two floors. When i was there last they were starting to build another 2 story building. The town is open in the middle with the buildings clustered in the 4 corners of the field. with roads dividing the corners. It has 2 cars and a motorcycle for cover.
Stronghold (Tunnel, New field, Ect...)-
This is one of the newest fields at skyline. It is built on top of a ridge over looking the town. It has a tunnel and its kinda like a small castle with out the walls.
Build behind stronghold. It has 2 roads leading up to with with bunkers to hide behind. The castle is 2 story tall.
They dont usually play this field for walk on. The 2 bridges that go to it from the sides are semi falling apart. other than that it is fun to play on... It as a few towers in it.
one of the most popular fields at skyline. Its has lots of bunkers to hide behind including a 3 story tall rocket ship.
Also a newer field, it is made for smaller groups. Small cover behind rocks and stuff
The best field at skyline. It has some really good cover including an X-wing fighter, 2 ufo's, and 2 helicopters. its also has some good dirt mound covers and some barriers and stuff..
This field is set up more like a speedball field. it has a snake and its has lots of barrels for cover
Across the road-
This field is also not used alot. It has some good wooden bunkers along with a ridge.
Sue and Chris are awesome people. They will do any thing to help a player out. and they actually want to get to know you. The pro shop is fully stocked with Tippman, BT, and Smart Parts guns, accessories, and replacement parts. They have tons of rental guns mostly tippman 98's and A-5's. they also rent out BT assult rental's. PRices are good too.
10$ field fee
10$ for all day co2 or compressed air
pint runs any where between 40$-70$ depending what kind of paint you want.
The best rental pakage is only 45$ and comes with an A-5, all day air, nitro tank, and 500 rounds.
The only thing i wish they do is.. re do the pavilion.. the tables and benches are kinda old.. other than that.... Ive made tons of friends there and i have become part of one of the greatest teams ever.. AVALONS FURY
North Mountain, Soggie Bottom, Warplay, PEVS - All good fields - All have pros-cons
Played a Big Game yesterday at Skyline Paintball in Strasburg, "The Whiskey Militia" and had one of the most awesome-est (is that a word) times I can remeber . I've played other fields and generaly try to hit as many big games and scenarios in the area as I can when I get the chance and when I have the money but a few things keep me coming back to Skyline Paintball. Besides the friendly staff and incredible fields they have, they are still one of the only fields I know of that dont charge any registration fee's for their woodsball Big Games... WOW!. With the economy what it is these days, Skyline still makes it easy for you to go out and enjoy a day of paintball, whether its walk-on or playing in any of their woodsball Big Games. To be honest, I dont think thier prices for walk-on or Big Games has ever changed. $10 field fee if you bring your own paint and I think $10 all day air, or something like $2 per Nitro fill. I think all thier Big Games are field-paint only and thats great because they always have fresh paint from REC to Tourney grade. They are a full service field and shop. For anyone that hasnt played Skyline, give a try, you wont be dissapointed... Here are their fields...
((( A huge Town field (the best Ive seen with two story buildings), Rocket field equipped with a huge 20-30 ft. rocket you can get inside with a 2 story platform and plenty of bunkers, A new Cave field (dont know what its called) An awesome Castle with 2 stories and a catwalk, Frontier Fort field, a big field with brand new "Big" space ships called Mars Attacks (use to be the Helicopter field) a medium sized Boulder field with huge rocks and trees, a tournament SpeedBall field with regulation Pro Turf (very nice even though I dont play speedball), a Speedball style barrels field and another huge field accross the road, not sure what its called but hear peolple say its the "STAG" field (their hometown scenario team) where they run woodsball scenario games similar to the SPPL)))
The only CONS I can think of about this place, is well, its in the mountains in Shen. Valley so the weather is always unpredictable. Bring a pop-up tent if you want.
I went there expecting to play airball only to find out walkons arn't allowed to use the field so the entire day was spent in the woods. So as far as the day of play goes it was a great place to go if you intend on playing scenarios but they either need to get more airball fields or post on their website that the airball field is for their teams use only.
Last edited on Friday, November 9th, 2007 at 9:54 am PST
Rudy's, Painted Forrest, Mad Dog - I travel a lot.
Directions to the Field:
exit 298 off I81, head on rt11 east towards strasburg approx .25 miles. Turn into radio station road next to the McDonalds, field is down on left, can't miss it.
Skyline is a very well established location. Their proshop is a decent size, and has a great variety of equipment, paint, and other needs or wants to choose from. The staging area is of decent size but if a lot of players show up, you find a lot of poeple working out the back of their trucks or cars.
This is a very relaxed environment. The refs are cool to hang out with, and the staff is very friendly and accomodating. Safety is a concern here, but they are not strickly enforced rules which allow you to relax. If a player doesn't follow safety rules most of the time another player will remind them.
Theirs feilds are pretty good. Here is their list:
Town: This is designed as a centerflag field. It is a collection of buildings put together to create a small villiage full of angles, hiding places, and open lanes. Rather nice field for like 10 on 10. When there are too many people on the field it gets rediculous crouded.
Castle: This is an attack\defend field. It has a castle on a little knoll that is 2 levels, rather well made, has plenty of open spots to be picked off though. The field around it is woodsy, with a few open spots. There are plenty of avenues to travel to take the castle.
Ewok: This is an attack\defend field. This field has a fort that is very open to attackers. As far as attack angles this field has just about you could want. It isn't as dense woodland wise so it makes approaches a little more difficult.
Helicopter: This is an attack\defend - eliminiation field. This field is named after a tiny helicopter by the defending start point. This woods field runs across multiple terrain levels and includes plenty of bunkers, trenches, hills, and roads. The defenders are not confined to one spot so you really have to watch your flanks if your defending or attacking.
Rocket: This is a centerflag field. This field is relatively flat, consists of many bunkers, and a rocket in the center of the field. Some of the bunkers provide interesting covers, some are raised exposing feet, others are very short, other provide you very good firing lanes however leaves you very exposed.
Speedball: They have a turfed speedball field however I have not played on it. I've only been on saturdays and I think they only do walk on speedball on sundays.
Conclusion: This is a fun environment to play in. The staff is friendly, and helpful. The are pretty well designed, and the staging areas and proshops are clean. Try this place out, it'll be a good day gauranteed.
Pevs@AG, Hogback Mtn, Warplay, OA and several other fields in PA and MD. Skyline offers a nice variety of thematic rec fields encompassing several different niches. It's a nice set of concepts with a unique playing environment.
Directions to the Field:
The field is conveniently located just off I-81 and I-66. The directions from their website are perfect and will get you there fine.
Some guys that I play with regularly on the weekends decided we'd take the trip across the state and hit up Skyline over the long Labor Day weekend. Several of us in the group had played at the field previously, however I hadn't been there in nearly 5 years. While some of the fields had obviously changed, they have also been proactive in maintaining and upgrading their field infrastructure.
The staff inside their proshop were incredibly friendly and courteous. You couldn't have asked for a more diligent and responsive group of personnel, from the folks working behind the counter to the employees filling air. This is always an excellent start to any day. The field was consistent about enforcing a 280fps chrono and did thorough checks. I was a bit dismayed to see several players shooting markers in the chrono area without masks on (and prior to the refs arrival).
The refs did a quick safety briefing and divided up teams. Throughout the day I noticed several instances of players forgetting to put in barrel covers or plugs and the refs were very patient and responsive in addressing this issue. That being said, at no time was there a real safety issue involved. The refs and staff did an excellent job of keeping the games safe.
Their fields added some nice diversity to their unique terrain. The "town" field was interesting to play and had a nice variety of blind spots, shooting lanes, and two story structures. The games play fast, but not so much that you're overwhelmed with the action. The helicopter field also played particularly well, with trenches, bunkers, obstacles and natural features to keep the games interesting. None of their fields were repetitive or mundane and all had a unique theme. Some of the fields had changed since I remember them in 2002 and largely for the better.
The refs kept games moving and allowed just enough time between matches to refill on paint and air. Towards the end of the day the staff realigned teams to offset some of the disparity that had occurred. This evened out the talent levels and I'm sure was much appreciated by the previously overwhelmed team.
One of the nicest aspects of the field was the diverse player base. Everyone was extremely friendly and welcoming. Also noticable was the absence of any trace of wiping. There was a great deal of sportsmanship and camaraderie during and after games. Good play (and bad play) was rewarded with playful comments and pats on the back. The players were some of the finest I've played with in a while and would have made the trip worthwhile in and of themselves.
Skyline also sports a state of the art tournament field with turf, X-Ball bunkers and full field netting. It's clearly one of the premier fields in VA.
Field pricing is incredibly competitive. $10 admission with another $10 for All Day air is certainly a bargain anywhere. If you buy paint from the field (reasonably priced at that) the admission fee is waived. Couple that with the friendly folks working behind the counter and you have a nice playing environment.
The only negatives I can think of were the fact that some of the players were less than diligent about keeping their barrel covers on (and that was dealt with quickly by staff and players alike) and that some refs weren't particularly loud or vocal (which was offset by the fact that several of them were loud and did most of the communicating).
And excellent field and playing experience and a good reminder of why the drive across I-66 to Skyline is a nice trip and playing experience.
Last edited on Sunday, September 2nd, 2007 at 4:52 pm PST