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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Scenic Trail

We enjoyed hiking this trail. It was conveniently located right off the interstate. The trail was... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
David B
via mobile
Need a quick dose of Nature?

This is a lovely and peaceful trail that is well worth visiting. There is a convenient parking lot... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Jay L
San Francisco, California
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good18%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“round trip” (7 reviews)
“great hike” (6 reviews)
Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 4 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

1  Thank z 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

2  Thank Future_Travlz
Reviewed 28 May 2017 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 25 May 2017

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 24 May 2017

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

1  Thank Mike_Stogoski
Reviewed 21 May 2017

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
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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.
Pooja K
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