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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Nice walking trail

This is a nice walking trail. They have walkways built up, so it is handicapped accessible and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Scottsville, Virginia
Nice woods and elevated walkways

This is a walking trail, not a hike, though smaller, more trail-like trails come off the main... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
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  • Very good19%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“great hike” (6 reviews)
Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

1  Thank Future_Travlz
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a walking trail, not a hike, though smaller, more trail-like trails come off the main gravel-surfaced path that's about 10 feet wide. The elevated wooden walkways are pleasant. I gave this trail three stars for two reasons. One is the omnipresent highway noise...More

Thank Mikewrite246
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our family loves walking here every weekend. The trail is well maintained. Scenery is very nice. Safety is not a concern here. You can see wildlife especially when there aren't many people around. Parking is very limited for the amount of people that use the...More

Thank Cuse5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I'm a regular, visiting the trail sometimes up to 3 times per week for my run. The main trail is fairly wide, paved with gravel and sections of board-walk that winds through the trees. You see people jogging, walking, walking with strollers, biking, couples, groups,...More

Thank Mike_Stogoski
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Saunders- Monticello Trail is only a few minutes from our house, so we go there often. It's shaded and just beautiful any time of the year. We always plan on having lunch at the Monticello cafeteria - Monticello being the endpoint of the trail....More

Thank sarahvirginia2016
Reviewed 29 April 2017

The Saunders-Monticello Trail is a beautifully maintained and well-used cinder and boardwalk trail through the woods. The trail begins just off the intersection of Route 20 and Route 53, just south of Route 64. There are two parking lots, one along Route 53, just after...More

2  Thank N0raT
Reviewed 11 April 2017

awesome place to go for a hike - great views and scenery along the trails. Great for a few hour day hike.

Thank Ben W
Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

Very pretty well kept trail. You park at Monticello and follow signs for trail. There is a beautiful wood boardwalk that winds around the mountain. Once you climb onto wood boardwalk no dogs allowed. There are side trails that are more extreme. The main trail...More

3  Thank kellybO1234AX
Reviewed 14 February 2017

I have used this trail many times over the years. It is a easy trail that is very well maintained. The location is very convenient and there is plenty of parking. A great way to stretch a visit to Monticello or Carters Mountain orchard out...More

2  Thank shakeandbake72
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Recently went for a walk here with my daughter and two very young grandchildren age 3 & 1 yr.) My daughter had the little ones in a jogging stroller for two and did not have any diggiculty with the very gradual uphill trail. The weather...More

1  Thank Evon W
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How difficult is the trail. We have medical issues that preclude us from walking steep trails
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.
Pooja K
I would like to know if you pick up and drop from place of stay also as there are no direct buses/ public transport going there.
18 August 2016|
Response from jenny g | Reviewed this property |
You can take taxi or uber or hotel shuttle. If you have a car there is a small lot right at entrance & a larger one below (yous then enter the trail through a tunnel
I live in Lynchburg but would like to walk this trail when in town. Is it safe to walk alone during the day?
23 June 2016|
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Response from Jeannine37 | Reviewed this property |
Definitely! It is a wide and winding trail that attracts walkers (with and without dogs) , runners and cyclists ALL day long. 2 uphill miles to the top where you can spend time at historic Monticello before the relaxing... More