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Freedom Park

Features

  1. Biking
  2. Interpretive Signage
  3. Mountain Bike Trails
  4. Natural Area
  5. Picnic Areas
  6. Playground
  7. Restrooms
  8. Wildlife Viewing

History

Freedom Park has a rich historical background dating back to the 1650s. This park is the site of an 18th Century cemetery, the Revolutionary War Battle of Spencer’s Ordinary (1781) and a 17th Century domicile which is revealing much archaeological research of the early colonial period (1680-1730). Freedom Park was also home to one of the nation's earliest Free Black Settlements in America from 1803-1850. Three historically accurate recreated cabins are located in the park, and are furnished with items authentic to the period.

Trails

This 600-acre forested retreat also features approximately 2 miles of multiuse trails, including a 1-mile ADA accessible paved trail, and more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails winding through historical sites, forests and along creeks and open meadows. The bike trails are designed, built, and 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.

Botanical Garden

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 Garden also offers monthly educational programs, and special events throughout the year.

GoApe

Freedom Park is home to the GoApe Treetop Adventure Course and Treetop Junior Course. The Treetop Adventure course allows participants to explore the park from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and Tarzan swings. The park also features the Treetop Junior Course, a smaller zip line circuit that can be enjoyed by the younger adventurers. For more information and fees please visit goape.com or call 1-800-971-8271.

Interpretive Center

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:

  • Indoor and outdoor wood-burning fireplaces
  • Meeting room and kitchen
  • Outdoor access to restroom facilities when the Interpretive Center is closed
  • Raised brick patio
  • Wi-fi connectivity

Outdoor Classroom

Check out the park's newest amenity, the Freedom Park outdoor classroom! It features 10 locally sourced white oak benches that will seat approximately 40 people as well as a kiosk featuring a tri-fold whiteboard. To reserve the classroom, click the link below under Related Documents

  • The classroom may be reserved daily from 9 a.m.-8 p.m., or until the park closes
  • A one-hour minimum is required for all reservations
  • Use of the white-board kiosk is allowed only for reservations
  • A Park Instructor or Historical Interpreter may be requested for your group reservation at an additional rate of $20/hour. Staff will only be provided should availability allow

Rentals

Picnic shelters and meeting room space are available to rent. View our full list of Rental Fees.

Tents

 Single free-standing canopies, tents and other types of portable shade structures up to 16’x16’ are permitted only on the Interpretive Center patio and must be anchored with weights or water barrels per manufacturer’s recommendations, with tie downs marked in a noticeable manner. Larger tents may be put up on the patio as part of a facility rental, and require additional fees.     

Related Documents

Dog Rules

Freedom Park is a dog-friendly park. Dogs must be under complete and immediate control of owners at all times and must be on a leash no longer than 8 feet. Owners are responsible for removing dog waste. Litter bags are available and guests should use only what they need while using the trail.

Winter/Spring Programming

For the complete list of our winter/spring offerings, check out the Winter/Spring 2023 Destination Recreation Activity Brochure. To register for any Parks & Recreation programs, click here. All programs take place at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center (5537 Centerville Rd.) unless otherwise listed. 

New Year’s Eve in the Park

Dec. 31, 10-11:30 a.m.  Drop in for a hot chocolate bar with plenty of fun toppings, while supplies last. Enjoy indoor and outdoor fires and a park-wide scavenger hunt. FREE for all ages!

Freedom: The Hands that Built History Tours

Feb. 17, 1-4 p.m.  Celebrate Black History Month by taking a step back in time with our Freedom: The Hands that Built History Tour. This impactful event will pay tribute to the generations of African Americans who used their hard work, talents, and skills to build this nation. This free event, starting at the Freedom Park Interpretive Center, will be a guided tour of the park’s first Free Black Settlement during the sunset hours. Enjoy a complimentary hot beverage while you embark on the guided tour. Along the way, experience stories of hardship and triumph from Dylan Pritchett, a Virginia Black Storyteller. Meet African American artisans who will demonstrate woodworking and white oak basket weaving as it was done centuries ago. Registration required specific timeslots. $5 per person. Weather permitting; registration required. Visit https://bit.ly/4ajK3wT to register.

Forest Explorers – Animals in Our Park (all ages)

March 15, 5:30-7 p.m.  Join us in the Freedom Park Outdoor Classroom to learn about the different animals that call Freedom Park home. View and touch animal skulls, pelts and more in this hands-on program. Program will be held inside the Interpretive Center in the case of inclement weather. No registration required.

Full Moon Hikes (all ages)

Come explore the PARK AFTER DARK during the full moon! Freedom Park closes at sunset; however, Multiuse Trail 3 only reopens for this self-guided hike on select nights. After sunset, visitors may use Multiuse Trail 3 only, all other areas of the park are closed. The full moon hikes use an out-and-back one-mile, paved ADA-compliant trail winding through wooded forest and the Colby Swamp. Users must depart Multiuse Trail 3 by the closing time. No registration required. Weather permitting. 
March 25, 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Pink Moon
April 23, 8-9 p.m. - Flower Moon

Forest Explorers – Build a Bird House (all ages)

April 19, 5:30-7 p.m.  Spring migration and mating season are well underway in April! Create a hand-built bluebird house that can be placed in your yard to create a habitat for a spring brood of baby Eastern Bluebirds. Supplies are available for 15 families; first-come, first-served. No registration required.

Birding & Brunch (ages 18+)

April 6, 8-11 a.m.  Learn about the spring migration of many songbirds and begin to identify them by sound and sight. You’ll be amazed how much you can learn from one of Williamsburg’s local birding experts. After the bird walk, enjoy brunch items including bagels, croissants, fruits, cheeses and juice. Registration required by April 3. Weather permitting. Visit https://bit.ly/4ajK3wT to register.