Mountain Biking At Freedom Park in James City County
Freedom Park has a rich historical background dating back to the 1650′s. This park is the site of an 18th century cemetery, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary (1781),and a 17th century domicile that is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730).
This 600-acre forested retreat also features approximately two miles of hiking trails and more than 25 miles of mountain bike trails winding through historical sites, forests and along creeks, open meadows, and parking. The bike trails were designed and built and are maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association. Trails are closed to bikes during inclement weather to prevent trail degradation. Riders are encouraged to call 259-4022 to check trails status.
From Interstate 64 take exit 234A to Route 199. From Route 199 take the Longhill Road exit. Turn right onto Longhill Road (Route 612). Follow Longhill Road until it ends at the park gates. Once inside the park gates, follow road to the parking lot.
Trail Level: Intermediate
Trail Type: Singletrack
This trail was built and is maintained by the Eastern Virginia Mountain bike 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 single-track. 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 downhill’s. 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.
Trail Map: Click here to view