5537 Centerville Rd
Freedom Park Trail Project, details below!
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).
The Department continues to work diligently to preserve one of the nation's earliest Free Black Settlements in America, which include three historically accurate recreated cabins that are located in a meadow and are furnished with items authentic to the period (1803-1850).
This 600-acre forested retreat also features approximately two miles of hiking trails and more than 20 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 757-259-4022 to check trails status. The Williamsburg Botanical Garden is also located at Freedom Park. Members of the Garden developed and maintain the area which features more than 800 species of native vegetation.
The Freedom Park Interpretive Center features exhibits of artifacts recovered during the construction of the park as well as an interactive kiosk that provides visitors a visual tour of the park, its amenities, wildlife and history. The Center includes a meeting room, an indoor wood-burning fireplace that doubles as an outdoor grill and outdoor access to rest room facilities when the Interpretive Center is closed. The park offers WI-FI connectivity, and games are available for checkout. To view our upcoming events check out our latest newsletter.
The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.
Interpretive Center Hours:
The meeting room capacity is 50 people standing or sitting in chairs. With tables and chairs, the meeting room can accommodate up to 36 people. Meeting Room use includes use of the kitchen and outdoor grill area. Set up may begin up to 30 minutes before the Center opens; break down after an event can be completed within 30 minutes after closing, if needed. The meeting room may be reserved between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Staffing fees are determined by the Facility Administrator, dependant on size of event. To rent space at this facility, complete the Facility Request Form below. Please call the park at 757-259-4022 for more information.
- $50/hour for each of the first three hours
- $25/hour for fourth and each subsequent hour
- 25 percent discount to local (James City County/Williamsburg non-profit organizations with proof of non-profit status.
- $15/hour for events occurring after regular operating hours
Freedom Park Multiuse Trail 3 Paving Project Update
The paving of Multiuse Trail 3 is underway. Please be aware of vehicular and construction traffic along Multiuse Trail 3 , which also serves as an access point to Trails C, D & E.
The Trail will be paved from the entry drive down Multiuse Trail 3, crossing Trail C, across Colby Swamp and ending at Jolly Pond Road.
The Trail has been marked with pink ribbon and string (about chest high). The Trail crosses Trail C near Emergency Extraction point 7A. The string crossing Trail C at that location has been cut to allow riders to continue to use Trail C until further notice.
As construction continues, additions will include gravel which can be rode upon and small ramps from the gravel crossing to all bike trail entrances and exits. At certain points during construction, Trails D & E will be closed and the Technical Trail Features entrance to Trail C will likely be temporarily re-routed to Emergency Extraction point 7 or 6 (Gaps or Three Ridges).
Additionally, the right side of the field will be used as the staging point for construction materials. Please beware of construction traffic.
Construction will begin at Colby Swamp and head out towards Jolly Pond Road. Beginning Monday, June 3, Bike Trails D & E and the last ½ mile of Multiuse Trail 3 will be closed for approximately three weeks.
Thank you for your patience during this process and we’ll do our best to keep you updated of trail closures. For more information on this process contact: Marlie.Smith@jamescitycountyva.gov, 757-259-4022.
- Freedom Park Trail Map
- Freedom Park Background and History
- Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association
- Freedom Park Improvement Plans
- Holiday Closings
- Facility Use Policy
- Facility Request Form
- Go Ape - You can also take the Go Ape video tour, link here!