Alert! Access to the Monticello visitor center campus requires passing through a security screening checkpoint. This includes access to the restrooms, café, shop, and all locations on the visitor center campus. No weapons, including firearms, knives, or sharp objects, are permitted beyond the checkpoint.


Normal Trail Hours:

May 1–August 15:  6 a.m. – 8 p.m.
August 16–October 15: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
October 16–March 13:  7a.m. – 5 p.m.
March 14–April 30:  7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and for severe inclement weather

Donate TodayWith 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 »

Face Coverings
Beginning on May 29, guests are strongly encouraged but no longer required to wear facial coverings at Monticello. Check out our Visiting FAQs to learn more about our efforts to make your visit safe and enjoyable.

Restrooms
Restrooms are only available when Monticello is open.

Trash
To reduce employees’ contact with waste, guests are asked to carry out trash and properly dispose of waste outside of the park.

Pets
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.