5537 Centerville Rd
Freedom Park Phase IV Improvements, 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 multiuse trails, including a one mile ADA accessible paved trail, 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 and outdoor access to restroom facilities when the Interpretive Center is closed. The park offers WI-FI connectivity, and games are available for checkout. For regular updates on Freedom Park, see the monthly newsletter "Freedom Now." To subscribe to the newsletter, contact Alister Perkinson, Park Coordinator.
The park is open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.
Interpretive Center Hours:
The Freedom Park Interpretive Center features a meeting room with a wood-burning fireplace and an adjourning kitchen. Room capacity lecture style is 50; with chairs and tables the capacity is 36. WI-FI connectivity is available. The meeting room may be reserved between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. Additional staffing fees will apply after 5 p.m. To rent space at this facility, please review the Facility Use Policy and complete the Facility Request Form below and submit the form to the Freedom Park Interpretive Center. 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 Phase IV Improvements
- The overflow parking lot (next to Go Ape) is now closed and under construction.
- A section of Trail 1 (between the entrance to Trail A and Trail 2) is closed, and will eventually be re-routed. Trail A is still accessible from Trail 1; however, Trail 2 & Trail C should be accessed via Trail 3.
Several areas of Freedom Park will be under construction this fall, as park improvements are completed. The Phase IV improvements will include a raised patio behind the existing Interpretive Center, a playground, two picnic shelters, 30 additional parking spaces, and additional sidewalks and lighting. The construction of these improvements will begin in early August, and are expected to take four months to complete. During this time, several areas of the park may be impacted by the construction. The picnic areas behind the Interpretive Center and near the parking lot may not be available during periods, and some parking areas may be restricted due to construction equipment. If you have any questions regarding the impact of the construction, please contact Alister Perkinson, Park Coordinator by Email or call 757-207-0002.
- 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!