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Saunders-Monticello Trail

Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Great Hike!

A beautiful place to take a walk, just not so much in 94 degree weather. Parking is almost non... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
greda s
I Can't Believe I Didn't Know This Existed

This trail is a great one for running, cycling, or walking. It is wooded, safe (many people on it... read more

Reviewed 3 September 2016
Katrien V
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Crozet, Virginia
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Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

A beautiful place to take a walk, just not so much in 94 degree weather. Parking is almost non existent on the weekends, but no problem on weekdays.

Thank greda s
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Reviewed 3 September 2016

This trail is a great one for running, cycling, or walking. It is wooded, safe (many people on it but not crowded), loaded with lovely labeled trees and markers, easy on the feet (fine gravel or wooden bridges). It is uphill for at least 1.8...More

Thank Katrien V
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Reviewed 24 August 2016

More crowded on the weekends, but still options exist for a short stroll, a longer hike in the secluded farms area, challenging hiking through woods trails, or walk the dirt path plus paved to the overlook site, or all the way over 11 bridges for...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

This is a beautiful trail, both fine gravel and boarded underfoot. A pair of walking shoes or sneakers is all you need. Round trip from the base to the visitor's center is a total of four miles. After the two mile rise, there is a...More

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Reviewed 23 August 2016

I really love hiking on this in-town trail - it's populated enough to feel safe yet through the woods and past the first mile post, you get personal space amongst the trees fairly frequently. Just the right length for a good 4 mile walk with...More

1  Thank Cindy M
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Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Our first visit to Saunders-Monticello trail was hot but we loved the trail. We will definitely be back. Stay on the regular trail as the Stevens trail that goes up is very strenuous. Be prepared. The other trails are wide and have severa great boardwalks...More

1  Thank Sandy165111
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Reviewed 16 August 2016 via mobile

A very easy two mile trail that is wheelchair friendly but not terribly interesting. Definitely not for those wanting to commune with nature as there are roads and traffic noise alongside the route. Probably a very lovely trail in the autumn and winter. Parking is...More

1  Thank Tloc1986
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Reviewed 2 August 2016

We stopped here to kill some time and take in a bit of nature after eating lunch at Monticello and getting ice cream at Carter Mountain Orchard. Definitely worth the stop. You can kill an hour or so or decide to spend a good portion...More

2  Thank jtkuikslvr
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Reviewed 27 July 2016

Beautiful trail, very well maintained. Parking was a challenge if starting from the bottom and walking up to Monticello.

1  Thank Rosemary L
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Reviewed 22 June 2016

I am in love with this trail. Just walking the trail is uplifting as you are surrounded by trees and pass along bogs and a lake. The farm trails are exquisite and the trail is incredibly easy to access for most anyone. It is family...More

1  Thank Annie R
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sscd4np
14 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
20 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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