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Freedom Park

Average Rating:    (4.5 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 48

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.
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Latitude
37.316659685008695
Longitude
-76.78979873657227
Trail Directions
From I-64 take exit 234 to Route 199. From Route 199 take the Longhill Road exit. Turn right onto Longhill Road. Stay on Longhill Road, which takes you into the park entrance. The trailhead is directly behind where the road ends. There is a Y intersection at the trail head. Bear to the left. The trail you see to the right is the end of the loop.
Trail Length
5 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Williamsburg
   


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Review Date
April 13, 2011

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Calvin Stone ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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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Review Date
November 28, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Steve513 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
New Quarter, York River, Wahrani.



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Review Date
March 29, 2010

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: Chris S ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
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.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Freedom Park loops A, B, and C.
Wahrani
New Quarter Park
York River State Park
Upper County Park



Comments
Chris S (04/15/2010)
Correction: this trail should all be called loop D. It is a figure 8 and there was talk of calling part of the 8 D and the "outer" part across the 2nd bridge loop E, but the official name for both parts of the figure 8 is Loop D.
Also, I rode it today and it is nicely packed down.
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Review Date
January 1, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: T rain ,  Downhiller

Summary:
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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Review Date
July 25, 2009

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rider#13 ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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...

Other recommended trails in the same area:
yorkriver and my backyard



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