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Freedom Center Loop

Intermediate

Trail

6.2 mile 10.0 kilometer loop
100% Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 476' 145 m
Descent: -476' -145 m
High: 480' 146 m
Low: 396' 121 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)

Dogs

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Trail shared by Pat Doyle

Tucked away in the foothills between Leesburg and Lucketts is this XC gem.

Pat Doyle

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- Trails should not be used during wet weather, or when the trail is soft or muddy.
- Trails are open if the trail is firm and the surface will not be disturbed by foot or bike travel.
- PLEASE be patient if the trail isn't ready... allow the trail to dry before riding.
- Trails are typically too wet to ride for 18-24 hours after a significant rainfall.
- Riding wet trails damages the trail by creating ruts that increase erosion.

Overview

A local favorite and home to the annual Snotcycle and Hotcycle races, Freedom Center is a fun course offering tough climbs, fast downhills and a good mix of technical and flowy singletrack.

Freedom Center also has a pump track at the trailhead.

Lots of solitude here, saw only 2 other riders when I went.

The trails are well marked/blazed and there are a few maps throughout the trails.

Description

Parking is just off the entrance in some gravel along the paved driveway.

I'd start by taking the Perimeter Loop (red) clockwise from the parking lot. If you are in the parking lot looking south, the Perimeter Loop (red) starts on your left (east) side. You can also see the pump track just off to your right (southwest) and you can connect to the Perimeter Loop (red) trail from there.

Ride this until you get to the Z Trail (Purple) and take this short loop to add distance to your ride. The Z Trail spits you back on to the Perimeter Loop. Continue clockwise. Soon after you'll turn onto the FSM Trail (Yellow). You don't want to miss this section. The FSM Trail (Yellow) then connect back to the Perimeter Loop. Continue clockwise. Next, take a left on Pete's Peak (Orange), a short climb and then left on the Perimeter Loop (red), or continue on the Perimeter Loop, until you get to the Slopes Trail (Blue) on your right.

Turn right onto the Slopes Trail (Blue). This a great section with a long downhill stint, short climb back up and another shorter downhill section. You'll want to jump off the Slopes Trail (Blue) at Connector #4 and get on back on the Perimeter Loop continuing clockwise. Follow the signs for the bike trail. After a short climb you'll see the Big Dog Trail (pink) on your right (if you continue straight on the Perimeter Loop (red) you'll go back to the parking lot), take this short downhill back down and you'll see a few building on your left at the bottom. Diagonally off to your right you'll see where the Slopes Trail (blue) is. There is a lower and upper section. You came out of the upper section to connect to Connector #4 and the Perimeter Loop. Take the lower Slopes Trail (blue) down along the creek (on your left). The Slopes trail ends at the bottom of the pond/lake.

You have several options here.
-You can take Connector #3 to the Perimeter Loop (red) and
a) turn left on the Perimeter Loop (red) to get back to the parking lot or
b) turn right on the Perimeter Loop (red) to start everything all over again.
- You can take Connector #1 to the right and get to the pump track and parking lot.
- You can take the Connector #1 trail counterclockwise around the pond/lake and then get back on the Slopes Trail (turn right) and then do the whole ride in reverse!
a) Alternate, you can also just turn around at the end of the Slopes Trail (blue) and skip Connector #1, this is what I recommend, then ride what you just did in rever

History & Background

Freedom Center is a non-profit retreat center, camp and school located on 100 beautiful mostly wooded acres in Loudoun County Virginia. We provide a setting for physical, educational and spiritual experiences for children, youth and adults around the Washington DC area.

The Freedom Center is open year around for retreats, meetings, camping and team building activities, as well as corporate and social events. The Freedom Center offers corporate and social events like reunions, parties, receptions, weddings and picnics. If you need a venue that fosters celebration, learning, reflection, relaxation or robust activity, our scenic rustic property can help fulfill your goals.

Contacts

Local Club: MTB Loco

Land Manager: Freedom Center

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Mar 22, 2020
Nick Heflin
the trails are not maintained there are trees down all over the trail. on top of all ths the trails are not well marked and it would be easy to get… 4.3mi — 1h 34m
Oct 6, 2019
Olmi Martinez
Lots of leaves
Oct 4, 2019
Doug Spitler
trail was virtually unridable. Found my self stopping frequently to try and find the trail markers. large branches fallen on climbing sections. Bea…
Apr 17, 2019
Dan Parillo
Yellow trail has some good jumps in it if you can stay on the correct path. Needs remarking. 2.6mi
Apr 16, 2019
Dan Parillo
Lots of debris from recent storm. Trails are not well marked, easy to get lost on. 2.5mi — 1h 00m
Apr 7, 2019
Tim Jackson
First time Trying to stick to the perimeter
Oct 13, 2018
Hunter Casey
Trail system was really confusing at first. It is also in pretty rough shape due to the weather, leaves like to hide the actual trail 4.8mi
Aug 29, 2018
Will Swartz
Trail is neglected it seems, as well as the pump track. It’s easy to get lost on the path and could use a proper remarking. 5.1mi

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  3.2 from 18 votes

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Photos

Pump Track Build 3 (2011)
Oct 8, 2014 near Lovetts…, VA
Pump Track Build 2
Oct 8, 2014 near Lovetts…, VA
This is the trail Map
Oct 8, 2014 near Lovetts…, VA
Singletrack facing counterclockwise direction on the left. As you can see here leaves everywhere made for a good challenge on locating the trail during most of the ride. Did think the mushrooms on the log stump were cool though!
Oct 18, 2018 near Lovetts…, VA

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