Archery helps maintain nature's balance—hunters wield bows to keep deer populations in check, and Cupid's arrows make deer fall in love and make more deer. Keep the circle of life moving with this Groupon.
$25 for an Archery Package with Instruction, Gear Rental, and Practice for Two ($50 Value)
At the start of the wooded outdoor archery course, instructors teach visitors the proper way to hold, aim, and shoot a compound bow. Then, armed with rental bow and arrows, they can practice launching volleys at 30 three-dimensional target stands spaced along the trail.
Saluda River Archery Club
When Russell Cooper decided to found an archery course, he drew inspiration from his Native American heritage and built it along the Saluda River following the archery-rich tradition of his Saluda ancestors. When the course isn't hosting state South Carolina Archery Association and National Field Archery Association tournaments, experienced instructors guide novice and experienced archers through the natural wilderness to shoot at targets lining forest trails and dodge spitballs from bears. Outside, visitors aim their compound bows at 30 three-dimensional Rinehart, R&W, and Delta McKenzie targets from marked stands, whereas in an indoor range, they aim down a concrete hall at hanging paper targets and model deer. Halfway through the outdoor course, targets give way to a clearing populated by café tables and chairs, and benches surrounding a fire pit where visitors can compete to see who can shoot a s'mores in midair. Staffers at the clearing's snack stand serve breakfast ham and sausage biscuits, or lunches of hot dogs and barbecue sandwiches until the light sinks behind the trees.
Saluda River Archery
Saluda River Archery's indoor facility invites both beginning and experienced bowmen to improve their coordination and concentration skills across 29 lanes. Those who need technical assistance can enroll in lessons, where National Field Archery Association–certified instructors teach proper holding, aiming, and shooting techniques. An on-site store outfits visitors with specialized archery gear from top brands, plus hunting-related products such as food plots and cover scents.