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Address: Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Great walk (or run)!

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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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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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Easy 2 mile hike/bike to the entrance/Visitors Center of TJ's Monticello. Wide, hard packed gravel and several plank 'bridges' get you there. If riding, recommend mountain or cyclo bike. Numerous trails off the main trail. Maps at the entrance by parking lot off 53. Good area for beginners to ride. Do be careful of runners and walkers!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

A gorgeous set of trails near Monticello that made for a perfect day during a recent trip to Charlottesville. You can enter one set of trails at Monticello (though no dogs are allowed) or another off of Highway 53 (this trail allows dogs). If you enter off 53, be aware that the parking lot is very small and was completely... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

This is a must see walking trail. It has majestic views, and has the sounds and sights of beautiful birds.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

There are 2 parking lots: the obvious one is on your right as you ascend Monticello Mountain on 53, and the other is immediately on your right as you exit 53 (as if heading back into town). Also, you can also park at Monticello itself and walk down- just remember that you will then be doing the second half uphill.... More 

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charlottesville, VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My wife and I take this hike on a regular basis. Very peaceful walk. Excellent trail, and well kept up.

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Address: Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Charlottesville

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