Saunders-Monticello Trail at Kemper Park

Charlottesville, VA
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

A 2 mile, gently graded trail ascending Carter Mountain towards the entrance of the visitors center for Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. There is a small (free) children’s exhibit within the visitors center as well as a small cafe for drinks & snacks. This trail is suitable for strollers, hiking and running. It is part of the larger Kemper Park including an arboretum, amphitheater, a two acre pond and a boardwalk.

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall, Spring, Summer, and Winter
Surface type Mixed
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Boardwalk, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, Picnic Area, Ranger Led Hikes, Viewpoint, and Visitor Center

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Park in the lower or upper parking lots near Dairy Barn Road

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 5/5]

I’m Trish & my hiking partners are  our 5 year old twins & 3 year old. Our favorite hiking spot is currently the upper & lower meadows at Monticello, just beautiful on a winter day! We also love Sugar Hollow and all parts of Shenandoah. We’re originally from northern Virginia & we’ve lived in Charlottesville for a little over two years.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.