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:
- Freedom Park Trail Map
- Freedom Park Background and History
- Eastern Virginia Mountain Bike Association