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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Melbourne, Florida
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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014 NEW

The trails that run through here offer a very nice setting for a walk, hike or a run if you're so inclined. You can park at the bottom of the hill and take this trail up to the Monticello gift shop. I think it's somewhere around 2 and a half miles. This is really a great option if you want... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 NEW

We took this path the day after visiting Monticello. It is an easy walk and is well-marked. There are some really nice views, especially over the pond.

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Richmond, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Great place for dog walking, working out, biking, hiking, running. The trail leads to a bridge trail that winds up the mountain and goes to Monticello. Dogs aren't allowed on that part of the trail though, unfortunately. Two HUGE hallowed out trees down by the smaller parking lot that are fun to see. Lots off foot trails through the woods.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

I like this trail because it is small pea gravel and boardwalks. It is an incline at the beginning. The trees are labeled which is interesting. There are 2 lots in which to park. Lots of families, some dogs on just part of the trail. It is very safe.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The trail is very well kept and has gorgeous views. It's a special place in Charlottesville. The trail has a wonderful incline as well as shade vs sun areas. It's terrific!

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Missoula, Montana
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

What a lovely, shady, well graded and cared-for trail! On a hot and humid day, even in the middle of the day, this is a good choice for a place to saunter or run. We like the labels with tree names, and I imagine that others who travel to Charlottesville from away will also appreciate knowing the names of the... More

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Fredericksburg, VA
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143 reviews 143 reviews
35 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We parked in the Monticello parking lot and started the trail just beyond the RV parking. We found this trail to be pretty boring. It is a nice path but with little to see unless you are interested in learning about every possible kind of pine and oak tree. Even the "Carter Overlook" only overlooks the trail below because all... More

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91 reviews 91 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We enjoyed our hike up the mountain to the Visitor's Center. It was energetic and invigorating. The best part of this trail is that you know that at the top you will have lavs, water, food, and A/C! What a great idea to do this; makes touring more healthy when you can combine it with aerobic activity.

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184 attraction reviews
381 helpful votes 381 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Since we arrived before Monticello was open, we decided to walk on this trail. The part we walked on was a boardwalk through the woods. It was pretty and peaceful. I probably would have thought it was more impressive if we hadn't done a bit of hiking the day before in Shenandoah National Park. The Saunders-Monticello trail pales in comparison... More

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Richmond, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The two-mile trail begins at the base of the mountain on Route 53 and leads one up the mountain to the Monticello Visitor's Center. It is a combination of packed stone and finished wooden boardwalk. We were there this Sunday and saw hikers, runners, young families with strollers and older adults. This walk appeals to all because it is safe,... More

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