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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
Excellent variety of terrain
Great views - nice trails
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!
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!
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)
Very good hike. They did have one of the look outs closed. I'm guessing it was unsafe. I hope its not permanent.
fun great views
Great views, fairly challenging initial ascent
Love the views!