Jefferson County Trails Council

The Trails of Jefferson County, Fairfield, IA

Fairfield Loop Trail Bridge

Notice: Construction on the Fairfield Loop Trail

The Iowa National Guard is constructing a vehicle-storage-expansion north of their existing facility at 1501 West Stone Ave. This project will include relocation of the Fairfield Loop Trail in this area. During construction, the Loop Trail north of the Iowa National Guard property will be closed, with a detour for the Loop Trail marked. See more details on the map (as a PDF) showing the trail detour route.

Construction is anticipated to begin the week of September 18 and will be completed late this fall. The contractor for the project is Leffler Dirtworks of Oskaloosa.

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).

Learn more about our Fairfield Loop Trail here. Some describe it as a "string of pearls" or an "emerald necklace", each element being a jewel on the necklace.  Plenty of entrances and exits let you customize your enjoyment of this unique trail.

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

Or, travel parts of the Loop Trail with Werner Elmker via his 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".

A recent issue of the new magazine Explore (by the Gazette) includes an article about the Fairfield Loop Trail. "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. Or pick up a copy of Explore at various locations around town.

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

Get a glimpse of Fairfield's history at the historic Maasdam Barns, where the Fairfield Loop Trail begins.

Maasdam Barn

Or walk, bike, or drive the Fairfield Heritage Tour to see 51 historic buildings and places in Fairfield.

And learn all about the Louden Machinery Company, a major U.S. agricultural industry founded in Fairfield.

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

The new CVB logo and tag line
2016 FCA Gala

Produced by the Jefferson County Trails Council, Fairfield, IA © 2001-2017.

Thanks to Lisco for hosting our website.   Lisco logo

Back to top

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 09-11-17


Logo for Jefferson County Trails Council, Fairfield


Click the Map to enlarge: Loop Trail Map
Loop Trail Map


Facebook Icon


American Trails Logo


Click here to see a Google Map displaying the Loop Trail, marked with green and brown lines.