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Can be hard to find, but worth it.

Hotel staff suggested I run here. I did not know quite where to start, and that was a problem. It... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Anthony T
Glassboro, New Jersey
A weekly habit

This wonderful boardwork accommodates strollers, bikers, hikers and walkers.. It can get congested... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2018
Nancy M
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Rt. 53 & Rt. 20, Charlottesville, VA
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hotel staff suggested I run here. I did not know quite where to start, and that was a problem. It took me about three miles of running to find the appropriate place... and in that time, I *at great peril* ran on Thomas Jefferson Parkway,...More

Thank Anthony T
Reviewed 11 August 2018

This wonderful boardwork accommodates strollers, bikers, hikers and walkers.. It can get congested at certain times and parking can tricky but it is worth the beautiful, pristine forest views. Great litlle views of Charlottesville and Monticello sits on the top of the mountain. There is...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 6 July 2018 via mobile

There is abundant shade which helps keep you cool. It’s a great hike with a wide paved walkway and some nice some nice views. Dogs aren’t allowed when you’re up near Monticello and the trail is not a loop, so you go up hill one...More

Thank Derek R
Reviewed 26 June 2018

This trail is mostly paved with some bridges and some gravel. It will take you all the way to the main visitor center for Monticello. There is a little playroom for younger children at the visitor center. It is is a big hill, but not...More

Thank ashleyER27
Reviewed 9 June 2018

if you are a walker, this is a must do. the walk up the mountain is not difficult with good paths, and decking bridges …. the visitor's center at the end has picnic benches if you've brought your own lunch, and a café if you...More

3  Thank paxriverquilter
Reviewed 29 May 2018

Lovely well-groomed trail with multiple elevated boardwalks that take you from a public parking lot up to the Monticello Visitors Center. It is a gradual increase in elevation up to the Visitors Center over 2 miles, and doable for families, power walkers, and runners. Thick...More

1  Thank Mary J
Reviewed 28 May 2018

Great area to take a nature walk. Main walkway trail is either paved, crushed gravel or wooden boardwalk along a 4 mile round trip from Rt 53 to Monticello. A few folks running or jogging but most are out for a exercise walk. Rt 53...More

Thank Jolangfo
Reviewed 28 May 2018

This is a fantastic area with well-groomed trails and lots of things to see. There was plenty of wildlife, such as blue-tailed skinks, geese, butterflies, and red-winged blackbirds. The trail is an easy walk since the trails are so well-groomed and it only has a...More

2  Thank Susan and Phyl T
Reviewed 7 May 2018

This trail is one of my favorite things in Charlottesville. It is an arboretum with tree specimens, is dog-friendly up to the boardwalks, and you can walk all the way up to Monticello's visitor's center, get a snack (and pee!), and walk back down. Or...More

5  Thank Molly S
Reviewed 1 April 2018

What I did here was walking rather than hiking, and I'll explain. First, the two lower parking lots, that don't seem close when you're driving, are really close to each other by foot - the lot on Dairy Barn Road is larger, and after walking...More

1  Thank Loribbb
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13 October 2017|
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Response from Mike_Stogoski | Reviewed this property |
I haven't been there today, but you can park either in the small parking lot near the entrance, or around the corner off of Route 20 (Dairy Barn Rd). The normal trail "paved" should be good. The upper trails are a bit muddy.
19 July 2017|
Response from N0raT | Reviewed this property |
Yes, there are places to rent bikes to ride on the Saunders-Monticello Trail. Close places to the trail are Blue Ridge Cyclery and Community Bikes. If you do not want to ride from the bike rental place to the trailhead so... More
18 May 2017|
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Response from imleavinonmyjetplane | Reviewed this property |
Steady slight grade. Lots of shade and well maintained path. Benches along the way. Once you start the trail usually need to turn around to head back as no mid trail exit points that I can recall.