Salt Lick Point Trail

HARD 152 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
534 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.

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17 days 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.

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19 days ago

25 days 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.

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25 days 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.

1 month ago

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1 month 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.

1 month ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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1 month 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.

1 month 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.

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