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Level: Intermediate
Length: 5 mi (8 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Loop
Elevation: +275/ -256 ft
Total: 157 riders

Mountain Biking New Quarter Park

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#32 of 300 mountain bike trails in Virginia
#1,030 in the world

This is a great trail, there are plenty of technical areas, and for the more intermediate riders there are plenty of obstacles ranging from small to large. Trail is very well maintained, and at the trailhead a small but fun elevated platform to navigate through.
A must ride for everyone!

First added by sionnach on May 13, 2006. Last updated May 11, 2020. → add an update
Before you go
  • Drinking water: unknown
  • Lift service: unknown
  • Night riding: unknown
  • Pump track: unknown
  • Restrooms: unknown
  • Fat bike grooming: unknown
  • E-bikes allowed: unknown
  • Fee required: unknown
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Getting there
From Hampton, take I-64 West to exit 242A. Then take the 143 Williamsburg exit and turn right on to Merrimac Trl. After about 1.3 miles turn right onto Penniman Rd. take the first left you come to onto Hubbard Ln. Follow road for 1 mile and turn onto Lakeshead Dr. Road ends at the trailhead and park office.
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Rider questions

Q: they have all been removed. I was just at the trail system 3 weeks ago. Freedom park has them now.

Q: A few of the most recent comments talk about the man-made features being removed. Have they been rebuilt and reinstalled, or are the trails still empty? If the features are still removed from the trails, for what reason?

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  • tmc

    Pretty darn flat, rooty in some spots. Wouldn't call it technical, but still an enjoyable, fast ride. Yes the TTFs shown in the pictures have been removed. The trail builders around here are all frustrated carpenters. The area trails need some basic features like tabletops, doubles, a few logs of different sizes, etc.

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  • Edcoastie71

    Great singletrack with a nice flow throughout. Easy climbing for beginner/intermediate riders like me. You can start at the trailhead located adjacent to the main parking area or you can park near the entrance and access the trail at one of the numerous emergency exits located off the paved walking trail. With removal of the wooden TTFs, I would like to see some tabletop jumps added. Looking to join the local MTB club this summer and volunteer some build and maintenance time.

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  • Swade

    I was bummed to hear the platforms and other man made features shown in the pictures have been removed as of 6 months ago according to one of the park employees. Otherwise a really fun, well designed trail that utilizes the topography well with some good downhills. Can be footy at times but plenty of smooth parts too. There is one ramp/drop at the beginning

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  • dag2heaven

    Pretty good trail. Little difficult for me, but it was my first trail ride. The husband seemed to like it though. If we ever come visit again we will try it out once more.

    I was looking forward to all of the wooden man made obstacles, but they were all torn down and laying in the parking lot.

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  • MilkyWhite

    Sweet trail very flowy. Mostly smooth
    Rooty in places One loop can be done in 40 minutes(if your not me) to an hour (me) Great place to squeeze in a ride( especially while on vacation with family)

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  • bobbaganoosh

    Really fun trail. Flows very smoothly. The only downside was the truly unbelievable number of spiders and webs I rode through. Wear eye pro for sure and keep your mouth closed lol.

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  • BillG55   ✓ supporter

    Most folks start the trail by driving all the way in to the end of the road. Go around the circle, park and the entrance to the trail is on the right by one of the covered picnic tables. Not sure of the distance but there is an option for a longer version of the trail. Some roots and logs but nothing an intermediate can't handle, a beginer might be intimidated but just walk around. Hills are all climable by most new riders.

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  • MTBCrash29   ✓ supporter

    Disappointed....That I didn't have enough time in the day to do this trail several times after I finished the first loop. This is one sweet trail and a great ride! I could not get enough of this trail! It has an amazing layout, with perfect climb to decent ratios. If there is one trail to visit in the area it is this one! We arrived early (0545) and the park gates were closed, ut there are so many ways to enter the trail that you do not need to actually hit the trailhead. But if you start at the actual trail head, there is an amazing technical course for experts. The trail is well marked with plenty of options for the experienced rider to take the technical route versus the smoother flow. It all meets back with each other in a short distance, so if a ride with several friends splits at a TTF, they will not get separated too far. I was crunched for time so I could only ride once. Even in the rain it was an amazing ride. That kept us from hitting the technical obsticles but thats ok. If you go early like we did, you will eat plenty of spiders, they are everywhere. Again, I could go on and on about how amazing this trail was, i absolutley loved it. I hit a few trails in the area this weekend, and wish I skipped some of them just to hit this one again. A sweet flow and amazing layout make this a must on my list of trails to come back to. Now, there is another sweet trail in Williamsburg that is not yet listed on this website, i plan on adding it soon. I will call it Clover Leaf Trail because that is how it was described to me. It is another amazing trail. I think it is a local gem and not too many know aout it, so I hope to not spoil it for anyone. Monticello Ave, near the intersection of Ironbound Road. Park at the Panera Bread and ride down Monticello against traffic for about 1/4 mile, the trail starts in the woodline on the left, you cant miss it. You must visit the BIKE BEAT, located about 1/2 mile up the road from this trail. A great staff and wonderful shop, amazing mechanics and a true heart for mountain biking, they were helpful and guided me to these two amazing trails.

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  • sweetp

    One mans roof is another mans floor. A WONDERFUL trail. A truly pure xc experience with fast flowy singletrack for the cardio enabled. No climbing to speak of, but delicious rolling terrain. One of the best designed and layed out trails I have ridden. Especially well crafted switchbacks. EVMA does nice work for sure. Flowy, rooty bliss. Not a technical trail at all, but a really impressive skills area is at the entrance to the trail. Probably not for the total beginner (i.e never been on a trail) but great for trail ragers. I am from Ohio and was here on vacation. This served as my morning ride while visiting. Bikes Unlimited was also a great bike shop and very friendly.

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  • Boostmachines

    This trail is NOT for beginners and isn't very "intermediate", either. The off-road mountain bike trail is named "Redoubt Run" and is NOT for beginners. Some of the trail is very tight in spots and trees are very close.* Review edited 5/31/2012

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  • kray1222

    This trail is well maintained and a lot of fun. There are markers along the way to let you know how far you have gone, emergency outs in case you get hurt or have something break on your bike, and they have added to it so that it is now a 7 mile loop. The technical aspects of the trail add a lot of fun, but if you are a beginner then you can go around many of them.

    Overall, this was a great trail, but I only gave it 4 stars due to the lack of mileage. Don't let this deter you from visiting it though.

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  • doubleagle

    I went on this trail yesterday and it was great! Nothing too technical but because I'm not very fit some of the climbs were pretty challenging. Can't wait to go back once I have the legs!

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  • mjames

    Me and my brother went on this trail this past weekend. It was an awesome beginner trail, nothing too difficult or special. I would definatly recommened this trail to anyone!!

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  • christopher1965

    this trail is far better than the indian river trail. well maintained and marked every half mile. there are a lot of right and left switchbacks, roots and uphill climbs. you have to pay attention to the trail because any wrong move you can go down into the ravine. they have a more technical trail,witch is marked, that has log jumps and various obsticles. at the trail head there is a couple of built wooden platforms.

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  • zstar5000

    GPS coordinates for parking lot: 37.293613, -76.644969

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  • watsonag2

    6 miles. some good elevated trails. be careful. if a no helmet retard kills himself there itll ruin it for the rest of us. awesome for singlespeeds

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