I started at Kemper Park area entering the woods to the right of the parking area. No true markings and trails criss cross many times, so I just explored. The trails are hard pack with a few areas of rock gardens. A decent amount of uphill, but not steep or too difficult. My tracker stated 6.5 miles of woods. I then came out on the Monticello trail and walked 4 miles ( in and out) of flat crushed stone/ wood bridges to the welcome center. Overall a relatively easy hike with very few people in the woods and much more traffic on the easy trail.
Very cool easy grade boardwalk trail along the side of The mountain above Monticello at Charlottesville. The hike ends at a lovely arboretum with a network of forest and field trails all its own. I suggest starting from that park so that the return trip is downhill! Views are woods except in winter when you can see more of the Blue Ridge through the leafless trees.
Wayne G. on Saunders-Monticello Trail
Well maintained, easy walk, wide paths.
Easy, gently uphill trails that are the best maintained in the area. Beautiful trees, meadows, and winter distant views. One can hike up to Monticello or Carter Mountain apple orchard on these trails. The main drawback to these trails is that they tend to be crowded.