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Address: Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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A beautiful Morning on the Monticello - Saunders Trail

This morning I headed over to the Monticello - Saunders Trail, temperature in the 70's, crystal clear skies, beautiful views through the tree branches of Charlottesville & and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This morning I headed over to the Monticello - Saunders Trail, temperature in the 70's, crystal clear skies, beautiful views through the tree branches of Charlottesville & and the surrounding areas, not as many walkers / runners as I expected for such a mild day, lovely pace up & back to the car park.

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Oceanside
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great 2 mile one way trail that is completely developed. Great to stroll or run. No dogs allowed. Tree species are marked as well as the distance of the trail. Just a beautiful part of the country. Well worth the visit if your ever in the are.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

Our family enjoys hiking. This was the best trail ever. The meadow was full of butterflies. There was an astounding variety of trees, may with name labels. The swampy parts had a board walk and most of the trail is shaded from the sun

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Gordonsville
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

90% shaded so it's bearable in the summer. 2 miles up to Monticello. Wide gravelled path and wooden "bridges". No dogs. Saw lots of older folks, babies in strollers, joggers, and runners.

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Asturias, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

It is a very quiet and peaceful place to go for a jog or walk, I go at least twice a week and run for 3 miles.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Absolutely beautiful groomed trail. The grade is perfect - although it might sound daunting to walk up to Monticello the slope is so forgiving I would take my grandma on this walk. It is a great out and back 4-mile run as well. And one of two jogging stroller friendly paths in Charlottesville!

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Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

If you start this hike from the bottom and go up to the visitor's center be prepared for a strong hike - it is completely paved but definitely a heart pumper. The visitor's center is lovely and good eats and beautiful gardens. It's a good exercise routine :)

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Although the parking can be a little tight, the main trail to Monticello is beautiful and perfect for all types of walkers and joggers. We loved seeing the labels on all the trees, learning as we walked. We even saw some wildlife during a busy day. The only thing that could be improved is to have more signage on the... More 

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Charlottesville, VA, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Runs from bottom of mountain up to Monticello. Very nice trail with an outstanding design that includes elevated boardwalks. Allows for walking, running, and bicycle travel. Great place for a morning hike. We often park at the bottom, walk up to Monticello, eat lunch & view the gardens, then walk back.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Beautiful trail that winds up the mountain towards Monticello. It's always busy so I usually park at Monticello because the parking lots are always full. I love the wooden boardwalk!

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