Freedom Park - TRAIL

Freedom Park - Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia

This trail was built and is maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association (www.evma.org). It's new and doesn't have a lot of traffic yet, so it's still soft. The first 1/2 mile is winding and lumpy, with a couple of technical climbs, making it difficult to maintain momentum, but good for building bike handling skills. The next 2 miles aren't as technically challenging, but there's plenty to keep you entertained and on your toes. At times the trail is close to the property line and you may notice "No Trespassing" signs. Stay on the trail and keep the signs on your left. Some people have become confused by the signs and got themselves turned around. A little way past the second bridge the trail forks. If you've had enough, take the right trail for a half mile ride back to the trailhead. If you're ready for more, take the left trail for 2 more miles of singletrack. A little way into the second loop you will once again notice "No Trespassing" signs. As before, follow the trail and keep the signs on your left. Be prepared for a good dose of climbing, but the reward is a couple of nice downhills. The last half mile of this loop was laid out with the help of the Subaru/IMBA Trail Care Crew, and it is sweet. The trail ends at a logging road. Turn left and go about 100 ft to where the first loop crosses the road. Turn left onto the single track to exit at the trailhead, or continue on the logging road, which will also leads back to the parking lot. Beware of pungees on the logging road. This trail system is still under construction and needs additional grooming. It isn't as long as York River or Waller Mill (yet), but will give you more of a workout than either one. The EVMA's ultimate goal is to have 25 miles of single track at this park.

User Reviews (49)

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jbgilm   Cross Country Rider [Apr 07, 2015]

There have been no new reviews of the Freedom Park trails, so I thought I'd add an update. The trails are still great. Is is the best for cross country riding. Lots of short climbs and some fast downhills. B is an optimal part of the A loop. The C loop is a lot of fun and includes the man-made jumps. I don't do them because I don't want to break either me or my bike, but it's fun watching other people do the jumps. I don't like the D loop. But E is fast and fun. There is now a paved path that connects the other side of the marsh, where D & E are located, with the parking lot. There is now a "Go Ape" zip line business in the park. The last section of the C loop goes under some of the zip lines. I've ridden on the trail and people up in the trees never heard or saw me going by below them.

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5
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3
Calvin Stone   Downhiller [Apr 13, 2011]

This is the best public Freeride trail within 150 miles of Hampton Roads, and soon to be competing with the Downhill Resorts. Just installed a 20ft gap drop that is about 8ft to top of transition. Has a nice new horizontal gap that was just put in, and a ton of smaller stuff to train and play on. If you want to learn how to Free-ride, this is the place to be. With the trial Crew that works this place I can't wait to see what next winter's building season will bring.

Customer Service

C loop for some serious fun and then all the rest to get your cardio in. Probably about 20 miles total now.

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5
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3
Steve513   Weekend Warrior [Nov 28, 2010]

Freedom Park is great, The A trail has a nice flow and can be ridden fast. The B trail can be accessed from the A trail and it will bring you back to the A trail at its completion. The C trail is the best, alot of fun obstacles. If you ride the C tail I have found it best to enter at the #2 or #3 markers and ride a complete loop and exit at the roadway.
The new D trail is really challenging and is definitely not for beginners. Alot of switchback climbing and tight turns. If the D trail becomes too much for ya, you can exit at the bridge and skip the figure eight. None of the trails are confusing, they are all well marked and well taken care of.

Similar Products Used: New Quarter, York River, Wahrani.
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5
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4
Chris S   Cross Country Rider [Mar 29, 2010]

New trails - loops D and E - are now open at Freedom Park. D and E loops combine to make one figure 8 trail measuring about 4.75 miles. It's tighter and twistier than loops A and C with plenty of up and down but no big, long hills. Your average speed will be slower than loops A and C. It's a whole different feel than the rest of Freedom Park. You'll go from hardwood to pine woods and back several times much like Marl Ravine trail at York River State Park. Loop E has nice marsh views and several very tight uphill switchbacks that require some skill to get up and around.
Quickest way to get to the trailhead from the parking lot: cross the grass field and turn left onto the fire road. Take the fire road straight and down the hill and across the dam. Just across the dam on the right is the sign for the loop D trail head. The trail is marked at half mile intervals.
Final trail work just finished on March 21. Come on out and ride it to pack it down.

Customer Service

Loops D and E are both one-way. Start at loop D trailhead described above. You'll cross one wooden bridge, then as you cross the second wooden bridge you'll be on loop E. Turn right on loop E to go counter-clockwise. This will bring you back to the second bridge. Cross the bridge back onto loop D and stay to the right for about a mile to the end of the trail. From the end of the trail (total about 4.75 miles) turn left on the fire road to get back to the loop D trailhead and dam.

Similar Products Used: Freedom Park loops A, B, and C.
Wahrani
New Quarter Park
York River State Park
Upper County Park
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4
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T rain   Downhiller [Jan 01, 2010]

This is an awsome trail i live just down the street and the just added 3 new obsticles two jumps and one new skinny

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5
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5
jm   Weekend Warrior [Sep 13, 2009]

I'm a weekend warrior from raleigh, north carolina that frequently makes road trips in and out of state specifically for the purpose of biking (...asheville,NC charlottesville, Va maryland, PA. Wva. etc) and i want to thank whomever built this trail! I enjoy technical rides, yet This trail, while not truly "technical", has one of the best overall fun factors I've come across in a long time. The various obstacles are challenging enough and the big and small jumps just right for those of us who unfortunately have to work...but are still committed to spending as much time as possible on their mtn bikes. If i lived near this trail I could enjoy every post-work afternoon riding this trail...there's so much to enjoy. Its easy to get into a fast rhythm regardless of what's put in front of you. The only thing missing is a good climb followed by a really long technical downhill...then again there are no mountains in williamsburg. I hope someone can develop the local raleigh trails into something similar one day! I will definitely come back and visit.

Customer Service

Small loops are interconnected and make riding and reriding interesting. I could see no preferred route except to say when I did ride i did do the obstacles and jumps twice...and would have done them again had there been more time.

Similar Products Used: The trail that runs downtown by the river, York I think?
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4
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2
rider#13   Cross Country Rider [Jul 25, 2009]

for a long time i miss the speed at waller mill dogwood trail.thanks for the new trail at freedom...i enjoy the speed i get plus the jumps that send me airborne.EMVA does a great job maintaining the trails...thank you keep it up.fyi...be safe on the jumps,get alot of speed and commit to it have fun...

Similar Products Used: yorkriver and my backyard
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5
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5
pealander   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2009]

Fun trail, well designed and planned out. I ride this trail a few times a year when I visit my in-laws. Just discovered the new trail on the other side halfway through my stay in VA and wish I had time to ride some more. Though not very technical it is very fun with the teeter totter, skinnies, log ride and jumps. Good stuff and very well done by the local mtb group.

Customer Service

all of it then repeat.

Similar Products Used: york river
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4
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3
alex   Cross Country Rider [Apr 14, 2009]

Fun trail, well designed and planned out. I ride this trail a few times a year when I visit my in-laws. Just discovered the new trail on the other side halfway through my stay in VA and wish I had time to ride some more. Though not very technical it is very fun with the teeter totter, skinnies, log ride and jumps. Good stuff and very well done by the local mtb group.

Customer Service

all of it and then again and again.

Similar Products Used: york river
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4
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3
corvette19942003   Weekend Warrior [Mar 12, 2009]

Cool trail, much longer now. Has a nice fun trail with alot of obstaceles. Well maintained. Can ride many times in a row without getting board.

Similar Products Used: new quarter park, york river
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5
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4
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