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“Great family outing”

Saunders-Monticello Trail
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Reviewed July 28, 2013

Beautiful area with different levels of trails from which to choose. Dog and kid friendly. Bring a picnic or at least some water and burn off some of that pent-up traveling energy.

Thank LHS329
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

This is a gorgeous gentle, uphill 2 mile walk to Monticello. You can park at either rt. 53 or rt. 20. I prefer to park on rt. 20 and walk through the tunnel. It's a gravel walk all the way up to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello with some unbelievable bridges along the way. Walk all the way or stop off at the pond, wooded amphitheater, lookout. For the more adventurous hikers, Saunders trail takes you off the gravel path and into the woods. There are signs directing you to Saunders from the Monticello trail. It's to the right of the park/ hike. Dogs are welcomed but can't go past the first bridge on the Monticello trail so I'd suggest Saunders ridge for a full loop, fido workout.

2  Thank Teresa O
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Reviewed July 12, 2013

We did not know about this trail until we went to Monticello. We came back the next day and, because of time, only walked the two mile trail from the trail head parking lot to Monticello and than back. What we loved about it were the boardwalk bridges through the trees and not walking in the sun. Even in 90 degree weather we were comfortable. Restrooms and drinks are at the Monticello visitor center. There are longer and more challenging trails that branch off into higher terrain that we will come back for one day. This trail is popular. We saw parents with kids, lots of runners and people on bikes. Except for the occasional sound of traffic, it was so peaceful.

Thank Travelinglibrarian54
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Reviewed July 10, 2013

Gently sloping path leading to Monticello from the parking area at the bottom of the mountain. NOT A TRAIL! This path is handicapped accessible, paved with pebble gravel, and very gently sloping. Also very very crowded on weekends.

Thank kellief41003
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Reviewed July 9, 2013

Not many places where you can combine a great trail hike with a stop at the home of one of the most important thinkers and writers in history.

The Saunders-Monticello Trail is a 2.4 mile uphill climb from one of two parking lots at the base near the junctions of routes 20 and 53 outside of Charlottesville. At the top is Jefferson's Monticello and the Visitor's Center...and rest rooms and a nice cafe. It is a terrific walk, mostly in the shade once you get past the first 1/4 mile. It's a tough bike ride due to the constant climb on the way to Monticello...and a hair-raising decent.

Let me spend the rest of this review focused on what makes this a great place to take children from 6 to 12 or so. The lower part of the trail has several aspects that make it a great spot to take your kids. There's a frog pond where you will not only hear the regular croaking of its residents but your kids will be able to see the frogs and witness the vibrating water with each croak. There's also a large hollowed out trunk of a 200 year old tree near the base. Your small kids will love exploring its insides and you will have a unique photo op here. Finally, the first 1/4 mile has more open space and off-shoot trails...room to spread out with a picnic or let your family explore without walking the steepest parts of the trail. Many of the tree are marked, providing species information to hikers.

I have hiked this trail many times and never tire of the trail....and you'll be walking past some of the friendliest people.

Important to know: Dogs are NOT allowed on most of the trail.

Thank JJH1764
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