Salt Lick and Johnson Trails Loop is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Valmeyer, Illinois that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

DISTANCE
2.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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.

14 days ago

Lovely trail!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful hike, great views at the top and along the bluff, mostly shaded too!

hiking
2 months ago

Good Little hidden gem of a trail for the area. Decent little climb considering this area is flatter than a pancake.

3 months ago

Awesome!!

5 months ago

Salt Lick Point Trail is amazing! You start off on Johnson Trail and at the end of Johnson is when you meet Salt Lick Point to start up the bluff. The beginning, on Johnson Trail, has amazing bluff and rock formations as you go. Salt Lick Trail does have some steep points going up the bluff, but the views when you get to the top are amazing. I personally wouldn’t recommend children or pets for Salt Lick Point Trail. The abandon building is also pretty awesome as well if you are able to find your way in!! Be careful, 2nd floor is NOT sturdy. I grew up in this tiny town until the Flood of ‘93 and had no idea the trails or building existed!

hiking
5 months ago

Great morning hike. The hill that starts at the base of the Johnson trail was it's usual challenge. Great view from the top.

backpacking
5 months ago

Nice trail! I’ll be back

hiking
6 months ago

Lots of ups and downs along this trail but the views are amazing. The trail leads to a road that takes you back to the parking lot.

6 months ago

This trail is named salt lick trail loop here, but what is actually shown here appears to be a combination of Johnson trail and one half of the salt lick loop. Newman trail not pictured.

6 months ago

The wild flowers in the Spring are striking against the boulders and wild grasses along the trail. Someone had taken time to label all the flower types. That was especially nice!

hiking
6 months ago

There are some really beautiful views from the top of the bluff. The first mile is where ALL of the elevation is, the rest is a really nice wooded walk down. Great trail!

6 months ago

Great!

hiking
6 months ago

This hike blew me away. The ruins, the fields of wildflowers, the steep elevation changes, the incredible overlooks. Wow.

7 months ago

Nice hike. Steep and rocky in places.

hiking
7 months ago

My daughter and I just completed this trail. The views were spectacular. We had a good laugh when the trail ended at an underground facility for the Department of Homeland Security. They probably listened to everything we said.

hiking
8 months ago

Great short trail whole loop was 3 miles which is a little short. Had some great view points. Hardest part is the incline in the first miles. I decided to do the Johnson trail and then when it connected to the Salt Lick Trail I did that again backwards. I recommend it for anyone looking for something different than the flat trails in the area. I would say it’s more moderate than hard. I wish you could go in the mines that would be fun!

9 months ago

Very challenging initial climb but very nice views from the top.

9 months ago

Beautiful scenic trail.

hiking
9 months ago

Kind of a tough choice as I've been on the couch for the bitter cold streak; but doable and breathtaking vistas.

hiking
9 months ago

Muddy conditions made the trail more challenging than it should have been. The route shown is part of the Salt Lick Point Trail and the Johnson Trail. Add the Newman Trail (out & back) for some extra fun. Maps are available at the trailhead.

hiking
11 months ago

Grew up hiking these bluffs! Great trail!!!

hiking
11 months ago

The reason it’s rated Hard is because of the initial ascent up 452 feet. But once you get up to the top it’s a meandering trail with beautiful vistas overlooking the Mississippi River Valley.

hiking
Monday, November 06, 2017

Beautiful view from the lookout. definitely some steep hills, so just be prepared.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Great trail, but it is not really a loop.

hiking
Sunday, October 22, 2017

Steep climb and outstanding views on a beautiful October day.

hiking
Saturday, October 14, 2017

Great hike! We did the salt lick loop. Steep up and down at the start and end but then beautiful and flat at the top with lovely overlooks. The end you have to walk on the road just a little, which wasnt great, but the mines are very cool to see from afar.

hiking
Thursday, October 12, 2017

This morning was quite a workout. Johnson Trail is a mostly easy trail along the bottom of the bluffs. It's main drawback is how close it is to the farms, road and train tracks, interrupting the nature sounds. Newman is a rather rugged moderate trail that goes along a stream through the bottom of a canyon to it's trail head at the edge of the town of Valmeyer at the top of the bluffs. I took one leg of the Salt Lick Trail loop across the top of the bluffs. A lot of ups and downs, with views of the farmlands in the Mississippi River bottoms. My FitBit logged 78 floors.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Nice little hike. Well marked trails. Very hilly with some difficult spots on the scenic trails - not good for little kids.

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Great Trail, intense incline to start. great views at various look out spots. Be sure to take the scenic overlook side of the trail, and once it splits at trail sign benches, steer towards Johnson trail for the rock bluff overlook. (seen in the pics) sign says dead end for overlook.. it is that for certain, but there is a small side cut trail that allows for steep down hill to return to Newman trail, then onto Johnsons Trail for return to parking lot. Lots of ups and downs, kids (9 &11) did great, my dog would have been challenged with steep steps, and gravel. A little to much for an older dog or your average neighborhood walking dog. Will return to this one!

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

Great trail. Beautiful. Love all the wild flowers and butterflies. Sunset on the bluffs is especially wonderful. Took the dogs too. They love it.

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