Salt Lick Point Trail

HARD 191 reviews

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.

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.

hiking
3 days ago

Grew up hiking these bluffs! Great trail!!!

hiking
5 days 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
1 month ago

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

1 month ago

Great trail, but it is not really a loop.

hiking
1 month ago

Steep climb and outstanding views on a beautiful October day.

hiking
2 months ago

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
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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

3 months ago

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
3 months ago

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

hiking
3 months ago

Mid August -- saw SO many butterflies along the bluffs!! There's a nice breeze up there even on a sunny day. So beautful.

hiking
4 months ago

Steep hike at parts, definitely felt the burn. Otherwise nice trail, mostly shaded and great lookout points. Somehow we missed some turn and ended up exiting onto the road and following it back to the car. Will definitely be returning to see if we can hike the whole thing without missing anything.

4 months ago

Love this trail. Not too long, a little difficult at the first part, but not crazy. great views. It's perfect for a couple hour hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Did the Salt Lick this morning but wish I would've included the Johnson, just didn't know what to expect. I wouldn't call this hard but it has a couple of steep climbs to get your legs burning a bit, flattens out enough after the short bursts to let you recover. I've done a lot of hiking but I took my gf with me who hasn't and she did fine. Don't let the rating scare you off, some good views from the top that will be better when the foliage isn't so dense.

hiking
5 months ago

nice quick hike. did the salt lick and connected to Johnson. well maintained trail with a lot of signage. wouldn't call it "hard", but more challenging than others in the area.

5 months ago

Amazing day for a hike. Blue skies not as hot as it had been. Love those hills!

hiking
5 months ago

Definitely worth it. Will return in the fall when the landscape isn't as dense.

hiking
5 months ago

Rough up on the go but definitely worth it! Peaceful and serene. If you have physical limitations do not attempt. May be difficult for pets as well. Children no problem.

5 months ago

A bit of a challenge at the start but didn't seem to warrant a hard rating, but not easy either. Definitely quiet and only one other person on the trail. Trails are marked and cross with others to make a decent 3+ mile loop.

hiking
6 months ago

great hike! great views!

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