What are the operating hours?
The Saunders-Monticello Trail and park system is currently open daily from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m.*
What time will the gates to the parking areas close?
The gates will close at 8 p.m. sharp. Please allow time to return to your vehicle before closing. Anyone on the trail after 8 p.m. will need to contact Monticello Security at 434-984-9885 to unlock the gates.
*Please note that the Trail parking lot hours differ from those of the lot at Monticello. See Monticello's Hours of Operation for more information.
Are trail users required to wear a face covering?
Beginning May 28, fully vaccinated guests are no longer required to wear facial coverings when outdoors at Monticello. All guests age 5 and up must continue to wear a face covering when indoors, and when on shuttle buses. Please check back for updates, and check out our Visiting FAQs to learn more about our efforts to make your visit safe and enjoyable.
Are restrooms accessible?
Restrooms are only available when Monticello is open. See our Hours of Operation for more information.
Where can I find a map of the rustic trail system?
Maps are available here and are also available through REI’s Hiking Project App.
How do I dispose of trash?
Guests are asked to “Leave No Trace.” Please dispose of waste properly outside of the park. Please do not leave food wrappers, diapers, drink bottles, or any other trash on the trail in order to reduce our employees’ contact with these items.
Why aren’t dogs allowed on the boardwalks?
Dogs can easily be startled by runners or bikers, and the narrowness of the boardwalks restricts the ability of other trail patrons to put sufficient space between themselves and other patrons’ dogs. There are seven miles of rustic trails that dog owners are welcome to use with their pets.
Can I let my dog off leash?
All trails within the park, including all rustic trails, require dogs to be on a leash. Your dog must be leashed and under your control at all times.
Who owns and maintains the trails?
Monticello owns and maintains all of the property within the trail system. Secluded Farm is maintained and monitored by Monticello in an agreement with the owners. We rely on donations from trail users to fund the maintenance of the 375 acres of land that encompass the park. Support the Trail »
Where can I park?
There are two parking lots for available for trail users, one located on Route 53 and another on Route 20. Please follow all parking signs. Vehicles illegally parked in the grass or alongside the road will be towed.
Additionally, we rely on other businesses and services for successful operation of the trail system; they have also needed time to become functional again.