Johnson Trail is a 3.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Valmeyer, Illinois that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.2 miles Elevation Gain: 321 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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From Route 3 in Waterloo, IL, take Highway 156 west, to original Valmeyer, turn north on Bluff Road. Proceed the short distance to the Rock City complex sign and turn east on Limestone Lane. The parking area is on the left.

Trail is clear and free of debris with awesome views! However it would be nice to have better markers. There are lots of forks with no direction of what goes where.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail was very pretty. Lots of wildflowers and plants most of which were labeled. This trail actually connects to the salt lick trail so you could do a loop instead of the out and back option. The top of the bluff has a perfect view of the sunset.

hiking
9 months ago

Great Trail. Article on the hike from my blog. https://chrisbunton.blogspot.com/2017/05/salt-lick-point-trail-system.html

hiking
11 months ago

This trail is stunning in the Spring with all the wildflowers and we love the little signs labeling things.

Thu Dec 20 2018

very nice

hiking
Sun Aug 05 2018

Nice walking trail. Saw some butterflies and enjoyed the little signs describing the plants.

hiking
Sun May 13 2018

A very beautiful trail along a stream with wildflowers.

Fri Apr 27 2018

Beautiful wildflowers! Easy and enjoyable trail.

running
Thu Apr 19 2018

I have ran this trail twice. What’s nice is Salt Lick trail hooks up on the way back. Has some pretty cool views from the bluffs! Closest trails worth running for me.

hiking
Mon Mar 05 2018

Easy flat trail very family friendly and running friendly. Would suggest doing Salt lick trail of you want to as some adventure and incline on the way back to the parking lot.

hiking
Sun Oct 22 2017

Took this trail and hooked up with Salt Lick. Great hike.

Sun Sep 03 2017

Nice end to Salt lick trail, the boulders are amazing.

hiking
Fri Aug 25 2017

Loved hiking this trail with the dogs. Water was in the creeks which was perfect. Really quiet, lots of trees, low traffic during the week. Didn't meet anyone else on the trail.

hiking
Sat Feb 25 2017

Great warm up for Newman Trl and Salt Lick Trl!

hiking
Sat Feb 25 2017

This is a super easy trail that's great for beginners or anyone who just wants to get out there and commune with nature. You can do it alone or join up to one of the other trails in the area. Salt Lick Point Trail picks up from Johnson Trail but you have to be prepared to climb for that one!

hiking
Fri Feb 10 2017

Did both this and Salt Lick. Nice!

hiking
Tue Dec 06 2016

This was an easy trail that took you next to the bluffs and you could see the openings of where the mines used to be - this trail led to the Newman Trailhead and to the Salt Lick point trail

Sun Nov 06 2016

Took my boys we really enjoyed the trails!

hiking
Wed Sep 21 2016

Nice and easy unless you go to the Salt Lick trail trail. Then you have a good hill to climb but rewarded with a great view.

hiking
Sun Sep 04 2016

I feel this is the best way to start your hike at Salt Lick. It is an easy flat trail along the base of the bluffs through tall trees and along huge boulders. It ends at Newman trail or a steep connector trail to Salt Lick. If you start here, do the out and back to Newman Trailhead then up to Salt Lick and do half of its loop, you will get about 5.5ish miles with beautiful trails through the woods, crossing streams, the steep climbs along the bluffs. This is by far the best trifecta of trails around the StL area.

hiking
Tue Aug 23 2016

Nice add on for the other trail systems

hiking
Sun Aug 21 2016

beautiful hike.

running
Sun Jul 17 2016

Combine this with the other trails, u have a nice and intense workout no matter what.

hiking
Tue Jul 05 2016

This is a nice, short, flat trail. So if that's what you want, it's perfect. The trees and bluffs kept the trail really cool, which was nice, as today was a high of 90. It was really buggy and there were quite a few spider webs across the trail, but other than it was very pleasant. I'll be back, but will be combining all three trails next time.

hiking
Sun May 22 2016

This was a crazy, yet beautiful, trail. I'm pretty sure whoever designed it, was drunk, though.

hiking
Sat May 07 2016

really enjoyed the trail. for the most part easy. for about 1/2 mile, going down thru the creeks and up the hill a bit harder, but really a great time. the way back much easier when it is downhill.

hiking
Fri Sep 12 2014

For southern IL and being so close to the Mississippi, it was a nice and fairly brief hike. Five of my children, ages 12, 10, 8, 6, and 5 were able to complete it and the climb on the backside of the bluff with relatively little problems. Not much wildlife, but some nice views once you reach the top and reach the lookouts.

hiking
Sat Jun 14 2014

This was a great trail! My niece and I walked this one and connected up with Salt Lick. Johnson is lovely and wooded, running along the cool, shady base of the river bluffs. We even found a blackberry patch for snacks.

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