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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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troy
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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
15 helpful votes 15 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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143 reviews 143 reviews
35 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 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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Pennsylvania
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83 reviews 83 reviews
43 attraction reviews
218 helpful votes 218 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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Iowa
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328 reviews 328 reviews
184 attraction reviews
374 helpful votes 374 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Since we arrived before Monticello was open, we decided to walk on this trail. The part we walked on was a boardwalk through the woods. It was pretty and peaceful. I probably would have thought it was more impressive if we hadn't done a bit of hiking the day before in Shenandoah National Park. The Saunders-Monticello trail pales in comparison... More

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Richmond, VA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The two-mile trail begins at the base of the mountain on Route 53 and leads one up the mountain to the Monticello Visitor's Center. It is a combination of packed stone and finished wooden boardwalk. We were there this Sunday and saw hikers, runners, young families with strollers and older adults. This walk appeals to all because it is safe,... More

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
37 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

Great place to take a walk, or, hike, almost year round, minutes from downtown Charlottesville. I have done the trails solo, w/friends, and, w/family, including little ones. Don't forget your bug/insect spray, a hat, your water bottle. Check for ticks.

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Camarillo, CA
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52 reviews 52 reviews
15 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

These trails are in a very scenic area and they're well kept up. They're appropriate for all fitness levels and all ages.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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