A historical and beautiful outdoor treasure can be found adjacent to Liberty Ridge on Centerville Road. Dating back to the 1650s, the park is site to 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) – but that’s not all. Freedom Park also features biking, interpretive signage, mountain bike trails, nature and picnic areas, playgrounds, restrooms, and wildlife viewing.
With over 600 acres encompassing the area, the park includes approximately two miles of multiuse trails, a one-mile ADA accessible paved trail, and more than 20 miles of mountain bike trails that run through historical sites, forests, creeks, and meadows. Also located at Freedom Park is the Williamsburg Botanical Garden, which features more than 800 species of native vegetation in addition to monthly educational programs and special events throughout the year. For those thrill-seekers who want more active participation, the park is home to the GoApe Treetop Adventure Course and Treetop Junior Course; which allows visitors of the park to explore from an otherwise unobtainable vantage point while navigating through the treetops using zip lines, obstacles and Tarzan swings.
For those interested in history and learning more about the site, 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. If you are interested in providing your own shade, the park allows single free-standing canopies, tents and other types of portable shade structures up to 16’x16’ – but only on the Interpretive Center patio and they 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, but they require additional fees. Freedom park also allows dogs, however they must be under complete and immediate control of the owners at all times and must be on a leash no longer than eight feet. For more information about Freedom Park, click here.