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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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nice easy hike on mostly paved/graveled roads

great place to take in some fresh air, bring the kids, dogs, strollers, older family members, etc... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2017
Charlottesville, Virginia
Tried to hike to Monticello

This path looks amazing. Read the reviews and decided we would park in the Dairy Barn lot and walk... read more

Reviewed 27 October 2017
South Portland, Maine
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Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Reviewed 8 November 2017

great place to take in some fresh air, bring the kids, dogs, strollers, older family members, etc. it is fairly even with paved roads and well-maintained graveled roads. there are many off-shoots to take more aggressive, steeper hikes. there are stunning old growth trees, some...More

Thank esfesq
Reviewed 27 October 2017 via mobile

This path looks amazing. Read the reviews and decided we would park in the Dairy Barn lot and walk to Monticello to see the grounds. We had our two dogs with us. I noted that some trails are not open to pets. Fine, no mention...More

Thank nmballetmom
Reviewed 15 October 2017

If you want an easy walk through paved trails and wooded sidewalks, this 4 mile round trip trail is for you. It's a popular trail on the weekends, as we found out, because at the end of the trail is Monticello, the home of Thomas...More

Thank Jan P
Reviewed 7 October 2017

This is a popular trail, so parking can be difficult on weekends. It follows a pretty route, through the woods all the way to the Monticello Visitor Center. Along the way, smaller trails lead off to interesting woods, views, and a pond.

Thank roadtrekker
Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed hiking this trail. It was conveniently located right off the interstate. The trail was fairly easy to walk, and took about 2 hours round trip, including multiple stops to enjoy the sites, while keeping at a leisure pace.

Thank David B
Reviewed 26 August 2017

This is a lovely and peaceful trail that is well worth visiting. There is a convenient parking lot that can get filled on a weekend, but you can park along the highway. The first half of the walk is uphill, but is a gentle rise....More

1  Thank Jay L
Reviewed 12 August 2017

A great place to check out the woods, identify some of the flora, and generally have a good four mile stroll, walk or jog. Even though the trail is up/down hill, the grade was not to steep.

1  Thank Jim H
Reviewed 3 July 2017

I spent a lovely afternoon hiking up the mountain. I quickly reached a point at which my dog was no longer welcome to continue on the boarded path and so we ventured off of the path to a road less traveled and had a simply...More

2  Thank Ivanka L
Reviewed 1 July 2017

The official website for the Saunders-Monticello trail says nothing about requiring you to have a ticket just to finish the walk up to Monticello. Tour or not, you are officially required to purchase a ticket ($25 in advance, marked up to $28 at the door)...More

2  Thank Stephanie K
Reviewed 30 May 2017

This is a nice walking trail. They have walkways built up, so it is handicapped accessible and stroller friendly. Nice little pond as well. When the weather is nice, it will be very crowded. The biggest parking lot is off Rt. 20, but even that...More

3  Thank Future_Travlz
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13 October 2017|
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Response from Mike_Stogoski | Reviewed this property |
I haven't been there today, but you can park either in the small parking lot near the entrance, or around the corner off of Route 20 (Dairy Barn Rd). The normal trail "paved" should be good. The upper trails are a bit muddy.
20 July 2017|
Response from N0raT | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are places to rent bikes to ride on the Saunders-Monticello Trail. Close places to the trail are Blue Ridge Cyclery and Community Bikes. If you do not want to ride from the bike rental place to the trailhead so... More
18 May 2017|
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Response from imleavinonmyjetplane | Reviewed this property |
Steady slight grade. Lots of shade and well maintained path. Benches along the way. Once you start the trail usually need to turn around to head back as no mid trail exit points that I can recall.