New Quarter - TRAIL

New Quarter - Trail, Williamsburg, Virginia

This is another great trail built and maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountainbike Association (www.evma.org). Part of the Confederate Defensive Line was on this property and there are three Civil War dugouts clearly visible in the first mile of the trail. Please respect the area's history by not disturbing them. The trail is a 5.8 mile singletrack loop designed to be ridden counter-clockwise and is suitable for intermediate riders. Beginners will have trouble negotiating some of the tight turns and climbs, but there's nothing dangerous to contend with. All the obstacles are either reasonable or have a ride-around. The first 3 miles follow the contours of a ravine which runs from the parking lot to the park entrance and there is barely a flat section in it - you're going up or you're going down! Most of the trail has good flow and sweeping turns, but there are some tight turns on downhill sections to watch out for. Once you know the trail you can carry your speed. Most of the climbing in this section of the trail is between milepost 2 and milepost 3. The second half of the trail returns to the parking lot closer to the treeline. There is less climbing and fewer sharp turns, but still enough challenge to hold your interest. The trail has an offshoot a little way past the 3 mile post. Go straight for a shortcut or turn right for more of a challenge. At the next split in the trail, go left for a large log pile, or right to detour around it. After a double switchback climb and an uprooted tree made into a smooth ride-over is about the only flat area of the trail. It's fast and fun so make the most of it because there's more climbing ahead. When you get to bumps like plow furrows you're almost done. If you've missed riding at Waller Mill since Hurricane Isabel, you need to check out this trail.

User Reviews (35)

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ChuchVB   Weekend Warrior [Apr 25, 2013]

After getting back into biking and riding Freedom Park about 6 weekends in a row, I was ready to try something new. This trail didnt let me down. If I could describe it in one word it would simply be "fun." The trail is built well, its mature and is obviously maintained really well by EVMA. The loop is well marked and had plenty of things to keep us busy. It's super flowy and you could tell that once you get a chance to ride it a few times it will get even more fast, with less pedaling. If you are going down, get ready to go up and keep up the momentum! There are some great technical sections and plenty of more "open" fast sections.

The raised latter section by the main parking lot is a blast. I was able to ride the entire thing, but it should offer a challenge to anyone and also serve as a great spot to watch your bro's eat it.

I'll be back to this trail. I really enjoyed it and the length is perfect for a few laps. As someone else said, it is beginner friendly, but not to say it wont keep the advanced folks busy. This trail seems like it will take every bit of speed you can push at it.

Customer Service

counter clockwise

Similar Products Used: Freedom Park, IRP
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5
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3
rideabike06   Weekend Warrior [Dec 17, 2012]

I'm writing this mainly because there's not a recent review for newbies to rely on. I turned to this trail and Freedom Park to fill the enormous void left when Waller Mill was destroyed. A moment of silence... I like this trail a lot. It's good for training rides, quick fitness tune- ups and not a bad trail to bring a newbie along, if they're in decent shape. There's not too many serious trail challenges, the climbs are short and far enough apart to catch your breath, you can ride around any trail features that may seem above your ability, and I feel the distance is just long enough so you start feeling "over it" just when it ends. Typical East Coast roots, fairly technical twists and some fun descents make this a good stop and worth an hour or so drive. Pierce's BBQ on the way home.

Customer Service

Counter clockwise is the way to go. Follow the signs.

Similar Products Used: Freedom Park
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4
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3
One track mind   Weekend Warrior [Mar 02, 2009]

I started from entrance 9 & accidently rode clockwise, yet to my surprise i was immediatley treated to some awesome rolling ups & downs. Along the way the trail splits several times giving more advanced riders the option to log piles & tech sections & beginners a bail trail. Not super technical, but rolls beautiful! 3/4 of the way you come upon a double black diamond loop that test the balance for those willing, its super fun..you may do it 3 or 4 xs. Then the last section of trail felt new..still soft & seemed more of a cool down..then it offered more technical options! Super well groomed trails, well marked & has many emergency exits.

Customer Service

Do the whole thing, you won't regret it

Similar Products Used: Freedom park

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Nike carrolton park
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4
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3
EG3R   Cross Country Rider [Jan 09, 2009]

Very fun trail, just as the other reviews suggest. Important news is that as of January 2009 there have been major changes to the trail, mostly making it longer. Someone said that it's 1.5 miles longer than before. Check it out!

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4
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3
mh53eflyguy   Weekend Warrior [Aug 09, 2008]

New Quarter Park was my introduction to mountain biking, and it is the reason for my recent addition to riding. I was formerly a BMX rider (though 10 years ago). I went with a group of people with various skill levels and I found myself keeping up with them very well. The trails are very well maintained and there was very little confusion about where you should or should not be. The Confederate Bunkers I did not see, however, I was going pretty fast through that area. The trail is well packed down and well groomed. There are plenty of roots sticking up to keep you on your toes and it keeps your attention on the trail, as well as ruts caused by rain runoff. The switchbacks are a great challenge and the uphill’s that follow are rather benign. There is one hill between mile 2.5 and 3.5 that I had to get off my bike and walk, but everything else was very enjoyable for my level, which I consider beginner! After the ride I was told this was an intermediate trail and I wasn't surprised and I could see why. The logs that are on the trail all offer an alternative route, so it is not a daunting feat. There are also numerous "bail-out" locations to where you could leave the trail and exit to the main road and back to the parking lot. This also allos someone to enter the trail at any one of the numerous "entries" as well. This is my favorite trail in the area both due to it popping my mt bike fever cherry, and due to the enjoyment of the trail. I will be back to New Quarter Park, thanks EMVA!

Customer Service

Counter-Clockwise

Similar Products Used: Harwoods Mills
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5
VALUE
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4
vilondon   Weekend Warrior [Jul 24, 2008]

I love New Quarter Park! I would say this is an intermediate trail. If new to mountain biking, this could be a great workout; if not new to mountain biking, go to Freedom. I do enjoy New Quarter because there are many logs and a couple switchbacks to master that totally increased my skill level. When I don't want to kill myself I go here... just to get a good work out and still have a lot of energy for the day.

Customer Service

You can enter at a few different places; we always start at the first parking lot because it saves the last little uphill for the last (although after riding Freedom it seems insignificant!). Super fun, busy park.

Similar Products Used: Freedom
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4
VALUE
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4
OscarMeier   Weekend Warrior [Nov 12, 2007]

I rode this trail today with my wife for the first time, and we both enjoyed it a lot! It has a great mix of fast flat track, and bumpy, technical track. Not too many hills or obstacles to keep your mind too busy, but enough to keep you on your toes. Well marked, extremely well kept, and a lot of fun!

Similar Products Used: York River
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5
VALUE
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3
MtnBkrBob   Cross Country Rider [Sep 20, 2007]

Excellent XC trail! Although never an easy task, the EVMA crew has been able to lay out a fairly technically challenging, yet environmentally sound, cross-country single track. The trail flows at a good consistent pace, with just the right touch of obstacles to be challenging for the majority of riders, yet not scare away the inexperienced riders. Good workout trail - you can get into a specific heart rate zone and flow with it for miles. There is one spot where you blast through a series of never-ending mid-to-high speed switchbacks in a lush, green forest. I think there is a black hole back there because my bike seems to effortlessly pick up speed as I slice back and forth along the loamy trail, dodging flashes of greenery. Sweet! The trail even has an optional series of north shore-type obstacles near the trail head. Another key to the success of this trail is the comradeship found at the trailhead. It’s long been a staple of the local mountain bike scene.

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5
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4
n2TheJaws   Cross Country Rider [Jul 24, 2007]

I ride this trial 2-3 times a week...It has something for every level of rider...The small jump between mile 2-2.5 is nice...Only wish there were more...The log obstacles are fun and help with bike skills...Beginners may find some of the climbs exhausting, but nothing too difficult...Switchbacks are fun and keep you on your toes...Keep up the good work EVMA...

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4
VALUE
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4
MTBchick18   Cross Country Rider [Jul 19, 2007]

I have a great time on this trail. It's fun and not very technical. I enjoy going over the log piles. They give you a little bit of a challenge. Overall a nice, fast, smooth ride. One of my favorites in the area.

Customer Service

Follow sign at trailhead.

Similar Products Used: Freedom Park, York River. Bring back Waller Mill!
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5
VALUE
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3
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