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New Quarter

Average Rating:    (4.31 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 35

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.
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Latitude
37.28825778298361
Longitude
-76.64714813232422
Trail Directions
From I-64 take exit 242A to Route 199. After about a mile take "143 Williamsburg" exit and turn right onto Merrimac Trail heading toward Williamsburg.Turn right at the traffic light past the 7-11 Store (about 1.3 miles) onto Penniman Drive then take the next left onto Hubbard Lane. After about 1 mile turn right onto Lakeshead Drive. Lakeshead Drive ends at the park (a little over a mile). If the park gates are open, drive in to the parking lot. The trail head is on the left side of the road just before the turn to the parking lot. The trail is designed to be ridden counter-clockwise. If the gates are closed, park in the turn-around area to your left. Ride over the grassy knoll on the left side of the entrance gate and look for a trail at the tree line. This is a short cut-out trail. Turn right when you reach the main trail. Per York County Parks it's OK to ride the trail during daylight hours when the gate is closed, but the bathrooms are closed and you ride at your own ris
Trail Length
5.8 miles
Trail Level
Intermediate
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Williamsburg
Zip/Postal Code
23185
Country
USA
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Review Date
April 25, 2013

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: ChuchVB ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
counter clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Freedom Park, IRP



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Review Date
December 17, 2012

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Every few months

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Reviewed by: rideabike06 ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Counter clockwise is the way to go. Follow the signs.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Freedom Park



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Review Date
March 2, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 2 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: One track mind ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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.

Recommended Route:
Do the whole thing, you won't regret it

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Freedom park

Marl Ravine

Nike carrolton park



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Review Date
January 9, 2009

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: EG3R ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
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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Review Date
August 9, 2008

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 4 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mh53eflyguy ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
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!

Recommended Route:
Counter-Clockwise

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Harwoods Mills



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