TJ Parkway: More than just a walk in the woods
Discussing the Thomas Jefferson Parkway can get confusing. After all, which is the Parkway? Which is the park? Which is the trail? Here's the bottom line: the $7 million Parkway encompasses the entire recreational area, which consists of
More than just a grassy expanse and a place to fling a frisbee, the 89-acre park includes
Carter Overlook A semi-circular stone plaza located on a spur off the Saunders-Monticello Trail just before the pond, the overlook offers vistas of Charlottesville and western Albemarle County.
The Pond Located near the half-mile mark on the Saunders-Monticello Trail, the pond's water comes from springs and a seasonal mountain stream. The shore features native wetland plantings and abundant birdlife.
The Arboretum A collection of trees and shrubs native to Albemarle County, the arboretum extends to the first boardwalk on the Saunders-Monticello Trail and contains the following thematically organized "rooms."
Spring Flower Room
Fall Color Room
Winter Interest Room
Edible and Useful Plant Room
Designed for both pedestrians and bicycles, the wheelchair-accessible pathway winds two miles from the trailhead, near the bottom of Route 53, across Saunders Bridge, to the Monticello shuttle bus station.
Constructed of granite and fieldstone, the stone arch bridge carries both motorized vehicles and Saunders-Monticello Trail users across Route 53 onto Monticello's main grounds.
Parkway elements still to come:
Pedestrian underpass and overflow parking lot
Rustic trails connecting Carter Overlook with adjacent 90-acre Secluded Farm