Saunders-Monticello Trail is a 3.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Charlottesville, Virginia that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round.

Length3.9 miElevation gain436 ftRoute typeOut & back
Kid friendlyStroller friendlyHikingWalkingRunningForestPartially pavedViewsHistoric siteNo dogs
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Please note the park hours are from 7am to 7pm.

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Tyler Bumgarner
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Hiking

Beautiful, easy hour or so long hike with views of Cville from a distance. Early morning is best because can get busy later in the day.

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Julie Gamble Eichler
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Hiking

Hiked this beautiful trail on a cool, blue-sky afternoon surrounded in American history. The spans of boardwalks were impressive and the trail led right up to the visitors center of Monticello. With the exception of a sweet elderly woman and a few young children, the people on this trail were miserable! Unfriendly, glaring past their masked faces (that’s probably why, since we weren’t - we were on a trail for goodness sakes!) and unwillingly to return a simple, “hello”. Good thing the day was pretty, my love was beside me and I was out in God’s creation. “Cause all the hatin’ in the world won’t make me a hater”- Bizzle

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Mike Wagner
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HikingGreat!

A nice, easy, wide, crushed stone and boardwalk out and back trail that runs uphill from a 10 car parking lot just off VA - 53 to the lot at the Monticello Visitor Center. Pick your starting point based on parking availability and your preference for finishing uphill or downhill. More a place for a multi-generational family walk or a good run than a back country hike. Enjoy!

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Kimberlee Meegan
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WalkingGreat!

Nice and quick walking trail that is well maintained. Suitable for people of all ages!

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Adrian Castro
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Hiking

Much more of a family walking trail than a proper hiking trail (that’s not necessarily a bad thing, just adjust your expectations).

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Kathy Kennedy
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Hiking

boardwalk was closed, i took the overlook trail and then a trail thru the woods. Well maintained but no blazes or signage. Wet, icy rain and lovely!

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Cale Knopf
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Hiking

Nice mellow well-manicured trail. Stopped at Carter overlook that had a narrow but nice view of mountains.

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Doug Stiles
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Morgan Fuller
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Very easy, great views, I love seeing the African American grave

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Doug Stiles
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Doug Stiles
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Cathy Good
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Hiking

Very easy, great trees, pretty crowded despite the rain.

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Vikas Gera
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Hiking

Nice easy and flat trail with some incline. I thought the views were lacking but it’s a decent trail near the city. Lots of traffic nearby so it’s not serene but mostly quiet. Nice one to explore if you are heading to Konticello

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Scott Graflund
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Jay Yeman
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Hiking

Parking lot was full so ended up parking on the road. The boardwalks were also closed likely due to fallen trees.

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Craig Thomas
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Sarah JONES
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Walking

As a 45 yr old woman, having ZERO access to restroom facilities ensures no return visit from me and would absolutely NOT recommend.

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Katie Bigelow
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HikingGreat!

Great hike. Well maintained and managed. Additional safety procedures for the the pandemic. Masks must be worn on bridges. Tip: If the lower parking lot is full, drive up to Monticello where there is plenty of guest parking and start your hike at the top.

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Holly Wendelin
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Hiking

Done this trail many times. Well-maintained and easy.

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Rachel Sloan
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Running

Well maintained trail, but I wouldn’t go next time to run, but would just walk due to the mask mandate as it is difficult to pull gaiter up and down while running unless u go when there is little pedestrian traffic. The placard says masks strongly suggested, which I wish they would just say “required” “even for runners” as that seems to be the rule there which is fine, but just post this bluntly.

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Susan Bartholomew
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Walking

Great easy walk. Beautiful foliage! Larger parking area on Dairy Barn Rd. The parking lot AllTrails recommended was small and filled.

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Shelby Ballou
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Walking

Trail was marked clearly, and most everyone was wearing a mask and social distancing. It rained right before I hit the trail, so the bridges were very slippery (and I was wearing hiking boots). Overall, a really refreshing and easy walk in the woods. I’d recommend parking at Monticello because the parking lot at the end of the trail is very tiny and fills up quickly. There are really nice bathrooms in the Monticello outdoor shopping center.

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Dan Fortunato
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Steen Jorgensen
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Melissa Hartzler
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Walking

Took my 3 girls (7, 9, 14) easy walk - people were very respectful of space and even took an “off shoot” from the bridge path to a bit of a more challenging uphill bike for about .5mile or so. We did about 3 miles total & enjoyed it. You can park at Monticello and start at that end or a smaller parking lot below but there are not many spots there so keep going up to the other parking lot if it’s full.

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Rachel Moon
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Scott Graflund
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Hiking

Great walk with books at the end!

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Amber Bowlin
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Hiking

Masks required outside. Beautiful trail otherwise.

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George Danilovics
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Pablo Ormachea
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