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Lamson Woods/Neff Wetlands segment of the Fairfield Loop Trail
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The Lamson Woods/Neff Wetlands section of the Loop Trail crosses a wetlands dike to the Lamson Woods boardwalk/bridge.  A walking-only trail joins the boardwalk near the creek.  Lamson Woods is a State Preserve (scroll down for details).

The Lamson Woods boardwalk.

See photos of the Lamson Woods/Neff segment.

Data for Lamson Woods/Neff segment

Length= 0.4 miles

Surface= The 326-foot Zillman Bridge/boardwalk has a wooden deck. The rest is crushed limestone.

East Entry= on Glasgow Rd, 0.6 miles south of Hwy 34, at Middle Glasgow Rd (connects to Crow Creek segment).

West Entry= Intersection of E. Fillmore Ave and Mint Blvd (connects to Mint Blvd Link).

Restroom: At Lamson Woods parking lot, off Mint Blvd.

Parking at the Lamson Woods parking lot, off Mint Blvd and E. Fillmore Ave.

Click here to view the Kiosk Panels below.

Walking Trails:  The walking-only trails are for walking only.  The trail in Lamson Woods is in a State Preserve - please obey all of the rules.

The Neff Walking Trail loops from the Loop Trail to the Lamson Woods Walking Trail.

See more on the Walking-only Trails page.

Map

Lamson Woods/Neff wetlands Walking trails Map

Detail Map

Lamson Woods/Neff Wetlands segment Map

 

Mile 13 on the Loop Trail through the Neff Wetlands

The Neff Wetlands.

East entrance onto the Neff Wetlands trail.
The Neff Wetlands before the trail was surfaced.

West entrance onto the Lamson Woods trail.
Kiosk in west parking lot of Lamson Woods.

Kiosk Panel Kiosk Panel

Lamson Woods State Preserve

Lamson Woods is a 43-acre woodland preserve located on the southeast edge of Fairfield.  This hilly, wooded area was willed to the city of Fairfield by Carrie Lamson Ross in 18930.  Originally "Lamson's Pasture" was a park that included Fairfield's first golf course.  The golf course was in a pasture for cows and pigs along a small woodland, and was dubbed "cow-pasture golf".  It was a favorite area for hiking and nature study for people of all ages.  The woodland was dedicated as a biological state preserve in 1978.

The preserve is a mixture of upland and lowland forest.  Mesic and dry woodland species occupy the slope and ravines that are cut into Pre-Illinoian glacial deposits (500,000 to 2.5 million years old) typical of the Southern Iowa Drift Plain landform region.  Trees occupying the canopy include cottonwood, white oak, bur oak, shingle oak, shagbark hickory, American elm, hackberry, and black cherry.  Ohio buckeye can be found in the understory with hazelnut along the woodland edges.  A planted pine grove is located in the southwest corner of the preserve.

The spring wildflower display begins with the blooming of bloodroot, bluebells, and spring beauty, followed by prairie trillium, tooth wort, white trout-lily, blue phlox, wild geranium, mayapple, Solomon's seal, swamp buttercup, and wild hyacinth.  By May, moonseed and Jacob's ladder can be seen in flower followed by jumpseed and pale touch-me-not in July.  August brings the blooming of hog peanut among the sensitive dren and maidenhair fern fronds.  In the fall, the bright red leaves of Virginia creeper can be seen crawling up the trunks of trees or along the ground.

   (From The Guide to Iowa's State Preserves).

   See a topo map here.

   See a satellite view here.

To learn more about the Iowa DNR State Preserves program, go to the Iowa DNR website.

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