Salt Lick Point Trail

HARD 94 reviews

Salt Lick Point Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Valmeyer, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.9 miles 534 feet Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

cave

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Salt Lick Point Land and Water Reserve is a 600+ acre site owned by the Village of Valmeyer. The reserve protects fluff land forests, which provide a critical habitat for unique hill prairies and glades. Beginning at the kiosk in the parking lot, the Salt Lick Point Trail rises rapidly up the bluffs. The trail becomes less strenuous and levels off at times until it reaches Salt Lick Point, the highest point in Monroe County, IL,descends onto Limestone Lane, which you follow back to the parking area.

hiking
2 days ago

This was a good trail not too difficult but challenging at parts and had a cool history around it.

hiking
5 days ago

Very well maintained trail. It seems like they just recently performed some sort of trail maintenance. The trail is well marked and relatively easy to get around. The terrain does get steep at some points so wear proper shoes. The views are amazing and wildlife is abundant.

hiking
8 days ago

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9 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

It was beautiful. Needed a little TLC, but it is a must if you are in the St. Louis area and you hike a lot.

trail running
17 days ago

hiking
18 days ago

This is the best hiking trail in the area. It has a lot of elevation changes, good pathways, and an awesome overlook as a reward. I prefer parking in Valmeyer near the post office and starting my loop from the trailhead just south of St Johns UCC. If you start at the church go to the steep climb up the bluffs, jump over to Salt Lick trail, then loop around on Johnson Trail and back to Valmeyer, you will hile just over 7 miles (all very clearly marked...you cannot get lost). My 12 and 14 year old made it without complaints, so while a hard hike due to a few steep climbs, it isn't overly difficult.

25 days ago

I enjoyed this hike very much. Very challenging and worthwhile.

1 month ago

1 month ago

great trail,

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was recommended by a friend of mine otherwise I wouldn't have known about it. A truly great experience. The Johnson Trail was a great warm up to get loose before the Salt Lick inclines. The view from the bluffs are gorgeous and there is no shortage of turkey vultures circling above for a good look at you when hiking up top. Only complaint is that I wish it was longer. Not a single piece of trash was found along the trail. Impressive! Can't wait to go back in the Spring!!

This trail was wonderful. It had great views across a good 50% of the hike.

1 month ago

Excellent variety of terrain

2 months ago

Great views - nice trails

hiking
3 months ago

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4 months ago

Love this hike! Some very beautiful views and a nice (rare) elevation challenge for SW Illinois. Wish we could go inside the mines, though. Looks like the mines of Moria from Lord of the Rings!

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite places to hike or trail run! Great verticals that make your heart pound and legs burn...but you're rewarded with incredible views! You're surrounded by native trees, grasses and flowers! Each season presents different looks and gifts! Winter is my favorite!
Make sure to experience the other connecting trails, Newman and Johnson!

4 months ago

Awesome view from the cliffs! Took my Phantom 3 and flew it from the point, it was pretty cool. Word of caution to those who would like to do the same, the winds are tricky and when they hit the cliff face they might send your quadcopter in a direction you do not want it to go. Like, straight into the cliff itself, luckily i dodged that bullet.
(This was back in late March early April of 2016)

hiking
5 months ago

Very good hike. They did have one of the look outs closed. I'm guessing it was unsafe. I hope its not permanent.