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Saunders-Monticello Trail

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Address: Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Scenic and Peaceful

I have frequented this trail many times and never been disappointed! It is beautiful any time of year with abundant shade during the summer, lovely colors in the fall and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Denver
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have frequented this trail many times and never been disappointed! It is beautiful any time of year with abundant shade during the summer, lovely colors in the fall and flowering trees in the spring. If the small parking lot at the base of the trail is full another larger parking lot is not far away. Best of all, after... More 

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various
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We meant to hike to the Tavern but detoured off the main trail to the Carter Overlook. From there we followed a trail that led us up and eventually down the mountain through more than four miles of wonderful forest. When we returned to the Overlook, we had our picnic and never reached the Tavern (which looked like a tourist... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We walk this 4-mile total trail every Saturday and Sunday morning. The trail is wide and well-maintained. It is popular but not crowded. So if you walk alone, you feel safe. It's a great workout if you are walking, running or biking.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did the 4 mile hike after our huge B&B breakfast to walk off the calories. So beautiful and quaint. A must for all visitors!

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Monticello Trail winds 2 miles from the parking lot at Rts. 20 and 53 up a gradual incline through wooded areas and past Michie Tavern all the way to Monticello. The trail is crushed stone and wooden walkways that are well maintained and level for easy walking or running. At the top, Monticello has a very good cafe for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful place to take a walk, just not so much in 94 degree weather. Parking is almost non existent on the weekends, but no problem on weekdays.

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Crozet, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This trail is a great one for running, cycling, or walking. It is wooded, safe (many people on it but not crowded), loaded with lovely labeled trees and markers, easy on the feet (fine gravel or wooden bridges). It is uphill for at least 1.8 miles (that's where I came to a locked gate; it is likely unlocked earlier in... More 

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Thank Katrien V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

More crowded on the weekends, but still options exist for a short stroll, a longer hike in the secluded farms area, challenging hiking through woods trails, or walk the dirt path plus paved to the overlook site, or all the way over 11 bridges for a 2 mile walk one way to Monticello Visitors Center. 4 miles RT from the... More 

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Palmyra, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

This is a beautiful trail, both fine gravel and boarded underfoot. A pair of walking shoes or sneakers is all you need. Round trip from the base to the visitor's center is a total of four miles. After the two mile rise, there is a lovely area to rest, a cafe, and restrooms, as well as a small theater with... More 

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2016

I really love hiking on this in-town trail - it's populated enough to feel safe yet through the woods and past the first mile post, you get personal space amongst the trees fairly frequently. Just the right length for a good 4 mile walk with some mild hills. Gravel trail and wooden "bridges" generally are not muddy even after some... More 

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