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Best Trails in Monte Sano State Park

114 reviews

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Monte Sano, Spanish for Mountain of Health, rises more than 1,600 feet above sea level. The mountain has attracted visitors since the mid 1820s with the establishment of the town of Viduta, a derivative of the Spanish word Vida, meaning life. Viduta was home to a sanatorium and a hotel resort, Hotel Monte Sano, which opened its doors in 1887 and closed in the early 1900s due to a declining economy.

on Monte Sano North Plateau ...
1 day ago

Today was our first time on the NP trail. The hike was good but the highlight was when a small fawn, about 18"H×18"L came right up to me and sniffed my leg. I've never had that experience before, at least not in the wild. we will definitely be back!

on South Plateau Loop
5 days ago

trail running

Great for trail running with a not to hard technical level.

on South Plateau Loop
8 days ago

walking

on Land Trust Loop
19 days ago

Great trails clean well marked (deff better if water was flowing)

on South Plateau Loop
1 month ago

hiking

Fantastic. Quiet easy stroll through nature. Crossed paths with a deer, a stick bug, and a number of butterflies.

on Monte Sano North Plateau Loop Trail
1 month ago

hiking

It was pretty, well marked, and easy. It was busy with lots of hikers and mountain bikers. Unfortunately, the waterfall on McKay Hollow was nonexistent.

on Land Trust Loop
1 month ago

hiking

Great afternoon hike, completed in two hours. My only complaint is the Tollgate stretch of the trail, it's made up of really large gravel, easy to slip or roll an ankle while climbing uphil.

on Land Trust Loop
1 month ago

on McKay Hollow Trail
1 month ago

One of the hardest trails I've hiked! I'll do it again!

on Land Trust Loop
1 month ago

hiking

Wear sturdy shoes, it is an awesome hike!

on Stone Cuts Trail
1 month ago

trail running

Very cool, unique route. Probably not a terribly difficult hike, but if planning on running this little trail make sure you bring your A-game! Lots of rocky, technical terrain that will eat your ankles if you lose focus even for a second. Coupled with the elevation changes this is a fairly difficult, but extremely fun running trail. Will definitely be coming back to this one!

on Land Trust Loop
1 month ago

hiking

Best trail we've been on

on Stone Cuts Trail
2 months ago

on Land Trust Loop
2 months ago

Great hike! Right after rain and rocks and trails slick but made for a cool hike at the beginning of summer! Tons of trails to hike here!!

on Land Trust Loop
2 months ago

trail running

Excellent trail, terrain was difficult as noted. I can't wait to run it again!

on Mountain Mist Trail
3 months ago

hiking

This is a wonderful shaded trail, not a difficult hike/walk

on Mountain Mist Trail
4 months ago

hiking

Mountain Mist is a nice trail with lots of bike riders. I then went down McKay. The hike back up was very strenuous with some hands and feet. Good hike to get ready to go on the AT. It was a little over 7 miles.