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Hartwood Paracenter

Average Rating: 4.50
4.50 out of 5 based on 4 user reviews

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Hartwood Airport (8W8)
Lat: 38.4845694
Lng: -77.6127653

194 Cropp Road
Hartwood, Virginia 22406
United States

540.752.6618 (fax)  (11554 Hits)

Last Updated: 2004-10-12
DeHavilland Twin Otter, Cessna 206

Training: AFF, S/L, Tandem

AAD: Not Required

Hook Turns: Allowed

USPA Membership: Required

AFF: 295 USD
S/L: 195 USD
Tandem: 210 USD
Video: 60 USD
Jump Ticket: 21 USD to 13500 ft


The closest DZ to DC! A full service dropzone with the small dropzone feel. At Hartwood Paracenter, we OWN the Zone! Train and jump the same day.
Sightseeing tours of VA countryside available. Give the Experience of a Lifetime with our gift certificates!
Corporate planners: We offer great team building activities!


  • Gear Rentals
  • Gear Sales
  • Rigging Services
  • Covered Packing Area
  • Creeping Area
  • Video Rooms
  • Coaches
  • Load Organizers
  • Shop
  • Bunkhouse
  • RV Hookups
  • Camping
  • Showers

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4 Reviews Written

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Hartwood Paracenter Rated 4 by: fcajump on 2008-07-03

Pros: Private Airport dedicated to skydiving, best of places

DZ began in the 70's
I Started there in 1990
Unfortunately it fell on hard times and the current owner has found other uses for the property (for now?).
I hope it comes back in the future, but visitors to the Wash DC area should know that it is currently closed.
Many other DZ's in the general area (1-2 hrs from DC).

(Review ID:4622)

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Hartwood Paracenter Rated 4 by: FrenchyDiver on 2004-10-06

Pros: Very friendly staff and locals
Cons: Not easy to find for those unfamiliar with the area. Using the directions from the web site as well as your car's odomet

I went to Hartwood just to have a look at another DZ to go, since they are closer than my home DZ from where I live and because that weekend they had discounted jumps.
I was very nicely greeted by the staff as soon as I arrived. They are very friendly and dedicated. Once the paperwork was taken care of, I was asked what kind of jumps I wished to do, so they could introduce me to other jumpers and have fun. A few locals, also approached me on their own initiative with the same goal, trhough the day. Believe it or not, this is not as common as it should be. Generally speaking it is something that I had to ask for at other places (which is fine with me though). But to be asked was very pleasant.
The regulars are very friendly as well.
They are currently using an Otter and a Cessna 206.
The facilities are very nice, comfy lounge with huge window facing loading, landing areas and runways. Packing area is very neat, with padded floor, and large enough to avoid sepping onto someone else's pack job.
One important thing that I loved, is that they have divided their landing areas into 3 sections, one for the staff, one for C and D licence holders and one for A and B licence holders. Of course, you are allowed to use any of them if you cannot make it to "yours" safely. This is definitely a plus in my book.
Last but not the least, they have a bunk house which can accomodate several people, with beds, heatind AND air conditionning.
Overall, I was pleased with their level of professionalism and kindness. I strongly reccommend you to jump at Hartwood if you ever are in the area.

Frenchy Le Grand

(Review ID:1845)

New Otter!

Hartwood Paracenter Rated 5 by: skyvin on 2004-10-05

Pros: New Twin Otter aircraft and new Cessna 206
Cons: none yet!

Awesome DZ that is very close to Washington, DC with an Otter! I had been waiting patiently for over a year for Hartwood to re-open under a new owner with a turbine aircraft. Now they have! This past weekend they had $15 Otter jumps! Can't wait to get back out there this weekend!
(Review ID:1848)

closest dz to dc

Hartwood Paracenter Rated 5 by: kevink on 2004-08-25

Pros: riggers on site,several landing areas,padded packing
Cons: limited staff

We are one of the oldest dropzones in the country.Our airport is privetly owned and sits on 190+ acers.We fly a twin-otter and c-206. We are open 7 days a week, but please call ahead on weekdays. We offer indoor padded packing,bunk house, showers, large landing area, riggers on site and friendly atmospher as a few of our ammenities.
(Review ID:1769)