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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Palmyra, Virginia, United States
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78 reviews 78 reviews
7 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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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205 reviews 205 reviews
64 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
12 attraction reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Richmond, Virginia
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26 reviews 26 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
21 helpful votes 21 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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158 reviews 158 reviews
40 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
54 attraction reviews
241 helpful votes 241 helpful votes
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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