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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Address: Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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English first
Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Great outdoor place to take young kids and dogs for a walk (which is what we do), or to go for a semi-scenic run. There are a number of trails that one can choose from, as we almost always have our dog we traditionally go from the main parking lot to the pond. There are two large logs (6-8 feet... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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88 reviews 88 reviews
32 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This trail is so easy--with just an ever so slight incline. Although it is now winter we still enjoyed the walk. The trail is well maintained but the parking is getting to be horrible. Even the overflow parking was overflowing. This is a family friendly trail and dogs are only allowed on the lower portion.

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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This was very well done but since it's winter, it was a little boring. I'm sure it's nicer in other seasons. It was a nice, easy walk which was good to do between breakfast and lunch! This is family friendly.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Agree with the rest of the reviewers that this is a lovely walk and a great way to exercise, see some views (foliage permitting) and run into locals. Just wanted to clarify that while a previous reviewer mentioned that it is pet friendly, pets are actually only allowed on the lower part of the trail. After about a half mile... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

The pleasant hiking trail is popular here in Central VA. Set your own pace and enjoy the pleasant views and orderly paths. Family and pet friendly. Stroll your way to Thomas Jefferson's home, Monticello, located at the top of the trail. At the visitor's center, enjoy food and the museum shop. Continue on to tour the house if you wish... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

We loved this trail. It's clean, easily navigated, and close to Monticello. It has a wide trail with boardwalks along the way.

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Palmyra, Virginia, United States
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81 reviews 81 reviews
7 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We moved nearby several years ago and kept meaning to do this walk. Finally did it recently and have done it twice in very short order I like it so much. Very gentle grade, all easy walking leading up to the visitor's center. Just before you get to the visitor's center there are picnic benches... so we pack a picnic... More 

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Arlington, VA
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264 reviews 264 reviews
79 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

What a splendid way to spend an hour, walking the trail from Kemper to Monticello and back through the woods, with views through the trees. Easy stroll, slightly uphill, one of my favorite activities in Charlottesville.

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Melbourne, Florida
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60 reviews 60 reviews
13 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

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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82 reviews 82 reviews
18 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

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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