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Valmeyer, Illinois Map

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!

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.

Lots of creek crossings on the Newman trail. We counted 14 one way and 28 total for out and back. Check out BCOA.tv for the video of our hikes.

trail running
28 days ago

awesome climb right out of the gate. not at all easy. very cool views at the top. the return part of the loop (east side) is a massive downhill. at the bottom we were a bit confused on where the trail went...saw an armadillo milling around. the trail pretty much ends and you will follow the road to the right, back to the parking lot.

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

I went on a cold, but sunny day in February. Some spots on the trail were very slick. I wouldn’t say this is an “easy” trail and would not consider this trail kid friendly. (Too many very steep bluff cliffs.) I wanted an easy trail as I am dealing with a pretty sore calf strain. I almost turned around after slipping several times on the fairly steep climb up the bluff the first couple hundred yards. Calf was screaming at me. But I pressed on with my sidekick King. Glad we did. Clearly marked trail. Well maintained. Awesome views! And the second half is downhill! Beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife. Can’t wait to do this in the spring!

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

this should not be rated as easy. over 1000 ft of elevation gain! awesome trail. loved the newman trail section.

course difficulty has now changed to moderate. good call!!

cold and ice covered

My home trail and one of my favorite loops!

Good trail with nice views.

3 months ago

very nice

Article on the hike from my Blog


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

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

7 months ago

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

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!

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

Nice trail! I’ll be back

10 months ago

A very beautiful trail along a stream with wildflowers.

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.

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.

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!

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!

10 months ago

Beautiful wildflowers! Easy and enjoyable trail.

trail running
11 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.

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