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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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a must do anytime we're in the area

if you are a walker, this is a must do. the walk up the mountain is not difficult with good paths... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
paxriverquilter
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Great walk

Lovely well-groomed trail with multiple elevated boardwalks that take you from a public parking lot... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Mary J
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Concord, North Carolina
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“great walk” (9 reviews)
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Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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"great walk"
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"miles round trip"
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"visitor's center"
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"board walk"
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"wooden boardwalk"
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"gentle incline"
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"traffic noise"
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"beautiful meadow"
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"small lot"
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"crushed gravel"
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"latin names"
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"jogging stroller"
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"no dogs allowed"
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"stretch your legs"
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"nature walk"
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"local favorite"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

if you are a walker, this is a must do. the walk up the mountain is not difficult with good paths, and decking bridges …. the visitor's center at the end has picnic benches if you've brought your own lunch, and a café if you...More

2  Thank paxriverquilter
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lovely well-groomed trail with multiple elevated boardwalks that take you from a public parking lot up to the Monticello Visitors Center. It is a gradual increase in elevation up to the Visitors Center over 2 miles, and doable for families, power walkers, and runners. Thick...More

1  Thank Mary J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great area to take a nature walk. Main walkway trail is either paved, crushed gravel or wooden boardwalk along a 4 mile round trip from Rt 53 to Monticello. A few folks running or jogging but most are out for a exercise walk. Rt 53...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a fantastic area with well-groomed trails and lots of things to see. There was plenty of wildlife, such as blue-tailed skinks, geese, butterflies, and red-winged blackbirds. The trail is an easy walk since the trails are so well-groomed and it only has a...More

2  Thank Susan and Phyl T
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Reviewed 7 May 2018

This trail is one of my favorite things in Charlottesville. It is an arboretum with tree specimens, is dog-friendly up to the boardwalks, and you can walk all the way up to Monticello's visitor's center, get a snack (and pee!), and walk back down. Or...More

3  Thank Molly S
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Reviewed 1 April 2018

What I did here was walking rather than hiking, and I'll explain. First, the two lower parking lots, that don't seem close when you're driving, are really close to each other by foot - the lot on Dairy Barn Road is larger, and after walking...More

1  Thank Loribbb
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Super manicured trail with bridges over any all mildly difficult terrain. The trail parking can be a challenge (the "barn" lot is easier than the small trailhead lot). In addition to the manicured trails, there are some social trails which lead to the vineyards on...More

2  Thank 227GregS
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Reviewed 3 January 2018

This 2-mile pathway up to Monticello provides a nice walk through woods on a trail that is part raised boardwalk and part wide path. The Trail is well cared for and broad with enough space to explore and observe things in the woods.

Thank Stewart D
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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

3  Thank esfesq
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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

1  Thank nmballetmom
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sscd4np
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.
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CariC21
19 July 2017|
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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
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Jimsndi
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.
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