The Saunders-Monticello Trail and park grounds will be open the following hours:
October 16–March 13: 7a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 14–April 30: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
May 1–August 15: 6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
August 16–October 15: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and for severe inclement weather
Note: Access to the visitors center from the Trail will be closed on all Tuesdays and Wednesdays in January and on Tuesdays in February! Check here for Monticello's operating hours.
With native hardwood forest, deep ravines and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the trail winds its way toward Monticello and back in a very manageable four miles. A maximum grade of 5% keeps it completely accessible to walkers, cyclists and those in wheelchairs.
The Saunders-Monticello Trail and park system are open to the public daily. Please observe all signage at the park and be aware that a number of changes and additional safety measures are currently in place. Visit the Trail Hours and Rules to learn more »
Beginning on April 21, guests are no longer required to wear facial coverings indoors or outdoors at Monticello. Check out our Visiting FAQs to learn more about our efforts to make your visit safe and enjoyable.
Restrooms are only available when Monticello is open.
To reduce employees’ contact with waste, guests are asked to carry out trash and properly dispose of waste outside of the park.
Dogs must be on a leash at all times while on trails and in the park. Dogs are not permitted on the boardwalks for safety reasons. However, there are seven miles of rustic, pet-friendly trails.
- Trail FAQs
- Trail Hours and Rules
- Kemper Park and the Saunders-Monticello Trail
- Support Your Trail
- Trail Map
- History of the Trail
- Sign up for Trail e-newsletter
- Photos of the Saunders-Monticello Trail on Flickr