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Saunders-Monticello Trail

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

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Terrific trail to a lake, overlook, or all the way to Monticello

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Peregrinatios
Palmyra, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank palmyralady
Charlottesville, Virginia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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 

Thank Cindy M
Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Our first visit to Saunders-Monticello trail was hot but we loved the trail. We will definitely be back. Stay on the regular trail as the Stevens trail that goes up is very strenuous. Be prepared. The other trails are wide and have severa great boardwalks to explore. Bring water and a snack as you will be there longer than you... More 

Thank Sandy165111
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A very easy two mile trail that is wheelchair friendly but not terribly interesting. Definitely not for those wanting to commune with nature as there are roads and traffic noise alongside the route. Probably a very lovely trail in the autumn and winter. Parking is available at Monticello and I did not have to pay admission. Definitely a nice trail... More 

Thank Tloc1986
Hampton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We stopped here to kill some time and take in a bit of nature after eating lunch at Monticello and getting ice cream at Carter Mountain Orchard. Definitely worth the stop. You can kill an hour or so or decide to spend a good portion of the day hiking the trails. Trail maps can be found near the lower parking... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful trail, very well maintained. Parking was a challenge if starting from the bottom and walking up to Monticello.

Thank Rosemary L
Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I am in love with this trail. Just walking the trail is uplifting as you are surrounded by trees and pass along bogs and a lake. The farm trails are exquisite and the trail is incredibly easy to access for most anyone. It is family friendly, well kept, and beautiful year round! I particularly love catching leaves in the fall... More 

Thank Annie R
Middlebury, Vermont
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

Walking up the Saunders-Monticello Trail is a very easy stroll in the woods up to Monticello. The total distance is about 2 miles, but the grade of the trail is very low so it is not a challenging walk. The trail/boardwalk are very well maintained and you could easily push a stroller up it. It is nicely shaded, you pass... More 

Thank Danielle S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

This mostly shaded, well maintained trail provided a great activity and the ability to hike from our B&B to Michie Tavern and Monticello.

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