Hogback Mountain is the furthest of the 3 fields from the DC or Fairfax Area. It's located off of Route 15 just before Leesburg. It's not well marked (though the road you turn off on is Hogback Mountain Road...) and unless you're looking for it, it would be easy to get lost. After a 2 mile drive through the estate you finally get to the field. Parking was a bit tight but not to bad. The price for players with their own equipment was $10 and rentals were $30. Payment was Cash only, which is kind of a downer and not fun for those of us who like to pay with Plastic. The fields have significantly gone downhill in the last 5 years. They're not well maintained at all and the field is basically one step above outlaw ball. Some of the terrain blew and the stacked wood didn't add much to the game. I mean...geez...they should go blow $100 at Home Depot and buy some plywood and build cheap bunkers. The walk up the mountain to the fields was a bit of endurance and the fields though awesome for woodsball were depressing for speedball but better than other locales.
The refs there weren't particularly good and I probably should have checked some for a pulse just to make sure they were alive. The place as a whole didn't do a good job letting people know when games were starting and they need to get more organized. The games were really not that enjoyable and is filled almost exclusively with newbies (clueless ones at that). I'm not likely to go back at this point just because of the clueless players and refs.
The owner, Jim, strikes me as a raving idiot. Apparently Pevs has been cutting into his business significantly since moving to AG in 02. (Not surprising at all since Pevs is actually a class act and is leaps and bounds ahead of Hogback in customer service, attitude and professionalism). The hogback staff seems to have it out for players that play at Pevs. Why, I'm not quite sure, but I can safely say that the attitude of the owner, field staff and other personnel is beyond childish. They have prohibited players with pevs stickers from playing there and have covered pevs players markers in hogback stickers and have refused to fill air tanks as well. This is seriously immature and helps to guarantee that I won't go back. I mean, if you're trying to attract business, it stands to reason that you should attempt to make the experience pleasant for the players, not troublesome....if you want them to come back. I personally hope Hogback and Check-It go out of business and that Pevs buys them out.
There's no proshop so you're on your own if something breaks. Parking is muddy and tight...get there early. All in all, a garbage field, with garbage personnel. Drive to Pevs and see what paintball is all about.
Last edited on Thursday, March 24th, 2005 at 10:27 am PST
I used to think this field was really good. This was the only place I had ever played before going to OA. OA's fields blew me away. The fields here range from dreadful to awesome. "Barrels" would be good, but it's too small for anything other than 3 man ball. Some refs here are pretty nice, others are just stupid. One time the refs made us play on barrels with AT LEAST 60 people. It was just ridiculous. There are only about 30 bunkers on the field. We're talking about an 80 x 40 field here. Needless to say, about half the team got shot off the break and the remaining people just slid into the nearest bunker and sat there blindfiring until one team or the other won. "Fort" can be really fun. "Minibunkers" would be good if it wasn't on a slope and there weren't any giant tree roots sticking up out of the ground. I tried to slide into a bunker on my knees, hit a root, and then got lit up. I had a cut in my knee and got shot about 10 times and the refs didn't even offer me a band-aid. I had to ask for one. "Castle" is by far the best field. Ask the ref if you can vote to see if people want to go to "Castle", then just keep revoting so you stay there the whole day. It's so big that you can have fun on it even if you play there the entire time. I actually prefer doing this. Some of the fields look like they just threw some tape around them and called it a field, eg., "Mountain" and "Jungle". "Jungle" is basically just a bunch of thornbushes that you have to navigate through. You can't see people unitl you are right on top of them which leads to stupid "20' rule" encounters. Usually I would yell, "20' rule", but they wouldn't listen so I would get lit up and then they would be pulled. This useless rule leads to lots of encounters like this, especially on this field. My friend and I set the record for most games played in a day, with 23 games. You get a great amount of play in, but it's not always on quality fields. This field is most definitely for noobs. about 80% of people there have Tippmanns and another 10% have Spyders. If you have any experience, I would steer away from this field because it's not a challenge. There are a few "regulars" who go every weekend. You usually see a few faces you know every time you go. About 90% of people who play here are under the age of 15, so usually nobody listens and it's disorganized. The owner, Jim, seems kind of crusty at first, but he's actually really nice. If you get hurt or have to wait to get picked up he'll let you come inside and watch TV. They have no proshop, and their fills are usually pretty bad. Paint prices are absolutely ridiculous. Definitely BYOP. I would suggest going to Pev's instead.
Last edited on Thursday, July 8th, 2004 at 3:48 pm PST
This is where I usually play, I can admit, it is kind of the boonies. There's no proshop and the long treks from field to field suck, but I can live with it. The speedball courses are pretty cool and lots of the people are nice.
I'm giving it a 8/10 cause there's no shop or anything so if something in your gun gets screwed you are screwed for the day unless you hit up a part from someone else at the field.
Last edited on Wednesday, March 19th, 2003 at 4:42 pm PST
I don't know if Hogback was just having a bad day or something but . . . I hated it, you have to drive forever on these little ittie bittie gravel roads just to get there. I went to the D-day landing and it was so horrid the landing craft boats were falling apart, the fields sucked, ref's were scarce if any, it took me forty five minutes to get my lunch and that was after I ordered, they have no proshop or even a parts kit if you have a problem, and all the people there who I look up to because they're obviously better players than me are all snobby when I ask what the plan was or where they were gonna push. Hogback sucks I am giving it a two just because I didn't die do the lack of plumbing.