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Great views of the reservoir and lovely forest make this loop close to downtown Charlottesville one of the best and a surprising gem when wildflowers are blooming. Highly recommended. Also no need to hike up to Roundtop if you just want to do the loop.
breath taking amazing views. Try starting out with the red trail, yellow, orange, then purple but really you need to experience all them, just get lost and when you don't know how to get out just look for the signs that lead you towards the field and you will connect back to parking
Scenic peaceful 4.2 mile walk. Southern section prettier than the northern. We started north end and had trouble finding access as we saw no signs. Directions on here took us couple hundred yards too far north into a residential neighborhood. Park at the VFW as you can access trail from either end of parking lot via athletic field. All paved and flat.
Michael C. on Saunders-Monticello Trail
Pretty trail parking sucks on a nice day
We walked this is no time with the kids who really enjoyed themselves everything was nice and had beautiful spots for pics. I enjoyed the history and the pamphlets provided. We saw four deers and four people walking at different times on the trail. We will do this one again.
Nice easy to moderate loop. Muddy, and all trails have not been completed but easy to find your way around. Beautifully redone since it reopened. Floating bridge is nice. Land bridge that used to be there doesn't exist anymore.