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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 250, Charlottesville, VA
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

A nice main trail that graduallt rises for a casual walk or run . A few trails off the beaten path to get further in nature and very few people

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

This beautiful trail winds up the mountain all the way to Monticello so gradually you don't realize you are climbing. It is so well maintained and every potential difficulty is bridged or graded so that strollers and wheelchairs can operate fine. it's a favorite local running and walking trail. It is lovely any time of the year, but I especially... More

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Palmyra, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

This two-mile trail climbs steadily from its beginning near the intersection of Route 20 and Route 53 to the Monticello Visitors Center. There are no views of Monticello, but the trail passes behind historic Michie Tavern. The lower section has a play area for younger children which includes the base of a tulip poplar tree which used to stand on... More

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Yorktown, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We were on a trail hike with our 4 and 7 year old and 14 year old nephew. Stopped by BoDo's and had a nice lunch at Carter Mountain Overlook. A lot of easily accessible Geocaches for the kids, we had a great time!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

This is a beautiful, nicely maintained trail. It is a steady, but not difficult climb up the hill to Monticello.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
24 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

The Saunders-Monticello Trail is a two-mile trail, maintained and operated by Monticello, that stretches from Route 53 to the Monticello Visitor's Center. It is either very well-groomed packed trail or wooden boardwalk for its entire length, making it accessible for bikes, strollers, and wheelchairs. The foliage is just beautiful along the wooded trail, and many trees are marked with identifying... More

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Bethesda, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2013

We take our grand kids on the trail as much as we can. They can hike, run, bike and scoot all they want. Plus, many of the trees on the trail are marked with both English and Latin names. Couple of years we started collection of leaves and names of the trees - kids now have some 25 trees identified... More

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Washington, DC
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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

If it is a pretty day and I have some time, I'll head to this trail for the quick hike up to Monticello and back. Beautiful scenery, easy hike. Very meditative when I am stressed.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

With "deck" bridges connecting a wide cinder trail you can walk from the trail head down the hill on Route 20 all the way to the Monitcello Visitors Center (?2-3 miles). The parking off of Route 53 is limited and the parking off of Route 20 (200 yards away) is also limited so during peak times, parking can be an... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2013

If it's your first time here and at Monticello, I wouldn't do both at the same time. 2 mile hike to Monticello, 3hr tour and a 2 mile back was harsh! It was a beautiful trail though!

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