Saunders-Monticello Trail

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Saunders-Monticello Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Charlottesville, VA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible year-round.

4.0 miles 595 feet Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

walking

1 month ago

Pretty. Slight uphill grade. Very easy, but...very busy, constant traffic noise. More of a afternoon walk instead of treadmill

walking
1 month ago

Nice trail into the woods, not a harsh incline (my husband had back surgery and managed well). The signs at the beginning of the trail are miss leading! States dogs must be on a leash, then 1 mile later as you approach the wooden bridge/path, big signs says no dogs beyond this point! We were naughty and proceeded on as we were encouraged by some locals that said they bring their dogs all the time. Got a few dirty looks later on our walk...that put a damper on our walk.

walking
1 month ago

2 months ago

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.

hiking
3 months ago

beautiful path with many paths off the trail. main path is gravel and slightly busy.

4 months ago

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4 months ago

Nice trail with lots of side hikes off the main trail. Very busy though.

5 months ago

Some of the offshoots on the trail lead to really pretty spots! We will definitely be back to explore more.

6 months ago

7 months ago

Beautiful trail with a lot of boardwalks. I hike/run this trail a few times a week. Perfect for a jogging stroller and my 3 1/2 year old loves to ride his strider bike here.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice uphill workout and stroller friendly. Bring your wallet and have lunch at the top in the Monticello Cafe!

7 months ago

It's a nice gravel/boardwalk trail that's got a slight elevation change. Good for a nice stroll.

hiking
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1 year ago

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.

1 year ago

Easy and fun

hiking
1 year ago

1 year ago

Perfect for anyone looking for a leisurely after work stroll.

1 year ago

Well maintained, easy walk, wide paths.