Jefferson County Trails Council

The Trails of Jefferson County, Fairfield, IA


Fairfield Loop Trail Bridge


The current issue of the new magazine Explore (by the Gazette) includes an article about the Jefferson County Trails Council. "In Explore, you’ll find everything you need to know about paddling, hiking, camping, boating and entertainment options from Mount Pleasant to Kalona to Iowa City to Clinton to Decorah". See the on-line version -, and look for the "Fairfield Loop Trail" article on page 40.

The Jefferson County Trails Council was instrumental in developing the 15.9-mile Fairfield Loop Trail, "one of only four Loop Trails in Iowa" (2016 Iowa Travel Guide).

A variety of experiences await you on this 15.9-mile trail that circles Fairfield.  Plenty of entrances and exits let you customize your enjoyment of this unique trail.

Travel parts of the Loop Trail with Werner Elmker via a YouTube video, "On and Off the Fairfield Trails".   And watch YouTube video, "A slightly surrealistic trip through the entire Fairfield, Iowa loop trail in under 4 minutes".

If the Loop Trail is not enough, another 17 miles of trails await you, some of them for walking-only.

Looking for Water Trails?   Like to canoe, kayak, study nature, or fish?

For water lovers, two water trails travel through Jefferson County, and Fairfield's three lakes give you ample opportunities to enjoy water recreation.

Water Trail

The new Fairfield logo, introduced Nov 15, 2016
2016 FCA Gala

The new CVB logo and tag line
2016 FCA Gala

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The mission of the Jefferson County Trails Council is to build, construct, and maintain a network of trails for public use and enjoyment, and to promote, inform, and educate the general public about the trail system.

Every effort is made to ensure accurate information is posted to the site. However, Jefferson County Trails Council does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of the content on this site or content which is referenced by or linked to this site. © 2001-2017 Jefferson County Trails Council, Fairfield, Iowa.  Updated 05-21-17


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