Salt Lick and Johnson Trails Loop

MODERATE 312 reviews

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

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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.

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rocky
6 days ago

Good trail for limited time/late start! Good variety of views and terrain.

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rocky
8 days ago

trail is pretty well maintained and has some great views on the top of the bluff. would definitely come back.

Beautiful Morning

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27 days ago

Take the scenic route. About half a mile or so from the salt lick trail head, you have the option to take a scenic path or the bypass. The scenic path does not disappoint!

Good dog friendly trail. Has some good scenic overviews. Hard to beat for the area

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail! Visited for the first time today. Very scenic. Will definitely visit again!

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1 month ago

Trail is a 5 star for the area but a 3 star for the Country.

The elevation is no joke, but the scenic viewpoints are incredible. Trail is well maintained and safe. We ended up doing the Salt Lick Trail and doubling back to the Johnson and Newman Trails. Definitely recommend, and wasn’t too busy.

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rocky
1 month ago

Great trail! It is a good work out with several hills and rocky climbs. Trail is well marked and easy to follow.

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rocky
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Decided to use this as a training hike. It's well marked to start, but make sure you take a photo of the map at the trailhead, as it gets a bit confusing when trying to combine trails. It is a rugged hike in my opinion due to the constant up and down of the the Salt Lick Trail.

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3 months ago

This is our favorite local trail in the Fall and Spring. 2 TIPS. 1) Start this trail at the entrance near the Valmeyer, IL churches in the Fall. Walking under the tree canopies and crossing the creeks with the Fall colors all around is stunning. 2) The Wildflowers along the Johnson Trail in the Spring are gorgeous but the season is short lived. Keep an eye out for the Spring event they have. That’s the time to go. Also the entrance to the Johnson Trail is to the left of Rock City. It can get muddy with the Spring rain. Don’t miss it.

Nice views and good elevation. Clearly marked and well maintained.

Great trail. Well marked, beautiful views

6 months ago

Trail was great. The view from the top looking down on the river valley was spectacular.

Great trail! Incline both ways, great lookout point, well worn trail. The markings could be more clear, but easy enough to figure out! Cool hawks, some wildflowers.

It should be rated hard only because the start is straight up the “mountain”, however it’s beautiful!! Well maintained, and the path easily notated. We will definitely do this one again!

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6 months ago

Great place to go! I could have spent hrs just exploring the mines but took the trails backwards and that ended up being at the end and my dogs were exhausted! I suggest taking it the original way because that last mile is all flat and way easier. Well marked besides there being two salt lick paths and the sign tells you to go a different way than what you want, so thank goodness for this app it has saved me several of times! Definitely a good workout with that hill climb!

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muddy
6 months ago

One of my favorite trails in the area, steep inclines make it more moderate. Super cool history behind the trail and would enhance your experience if you look it up. Muddy spots after heavy rains so wear boots or shoes with good tread. Lookout over countryside off of a bluff allows you to spot the JB bridge leading to South County, Mo.

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7 months ago

Very well defined trail. The sensation from the top of the bluff is amazing. The ice flumes were spectacular.

8 months ago

Absolutely beautiful, worth the butt kick up! Understand? Its very feasible, just numerous rest points required!!

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muddy
8 months ago

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snow
8 months ago

cold and ice covered

9 months ago

Good trail with nice views.

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10 months ago

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

11 months ago

Lovely trail!

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