Johnson Trail

EASY 47 reviews

Johnson Trail is a 3.1 mile 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 trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
324 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

walking

forest

views

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.

hiking
8 days ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

A very beautiful trail along a stream with wildflowers.

3 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers! Easy and enjoyable trail.

trail running
3 months ago

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
5 months ago

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
9 months ago

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

11 months ago

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

hiking
11 months ago

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
Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great warm up for Newman Trl and Salt Lick Trl!

hiking
Saturday, February 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
Friday, February 10, 2017

Did both this and Salt Lick. Nice!

hiking
Tuesday, December 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

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Took my boys we really enjoyed the trails!

hiking
Wednesday, September 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
Sunday, September 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
Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Nice add on for the other trail systems

hiking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

beautiful hike.

trail running
Sunday, July 17, 2016

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

hiking
Tuesday, July 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
Sunday, May 22, 2016

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

hiking
Saturday, 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
Friday, September 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
Saturday, June 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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