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Saunders-Monticello Trail

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Address: Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA

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A beautiful nature trail leading to and from Monticello

A beautiful nature trail with a gentle but steady rise from the parking lot up the mountain ending at Monticello. Gorgeous in the fall.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Charlottesville, Virginia
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful nature trail with a gentle but steady rise from the parking lot up the mountain ending at Monticello. Gorgeous in the fall.

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Wichita, Kansas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My daughter and I did a one hour walk along this trail. We were there on a Monday and encountered fewer than 10 other people on our walk and found it to be very peaceful and beautiful.

Thank AmericanexpatKL
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 

Thank Sarah R
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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 

Thank RetiredDude
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 17, 2016

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.

1 Thank M H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

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!

Thank Dottie H
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

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.

Thank greda s
Crozet, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016

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 

Thank Katrien V
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5 of 5 bubbles 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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