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Address: Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Beautiful well maintained trail

The trail is beautiful and extends from the parking area at the beginning of Thomas Jefferson Blvd to Monticello. Most of the hike is on a wooden path with a few gravel parts... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Watsontown, Pennsylvania
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Watsontown, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The trail is beautiful and extends from the parking area at the beginning of Thomas Jefferson Blvd to Monticello. Most of the hike is on a wooden path with a few gravel parts. The trail is accessible by wheelchair and stroller. There are benches throughout. I would have given 5 stars but the road noise does influence the ambiance. Parking... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was very difficult finding a parking spot. We went up 53 and parked at the side of the road. It's a very gradual uphill trail to Monticello. Beautiful scenery easy path--you'll be happy you hiked.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

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 October 13, 2016

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.

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Denver
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016 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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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 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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