Jefferson County Trails Council

The Trails of Jefferson County, Fairfield, IA

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Rock Island Railroad segment of the Loop Trail
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The Rock Island Railroad segment uses the roadbed of the Rock Island Railroad, which was in use from 1945 to 1980 (replacing a 1871 alignment).  Our trail bridge replaces the railroad bridge, which was removed in 1985.

Matkin Bridge, a pedestrian bridge over Hwy 1

Data for Rock Island Railroad segment

Length= 1.3 miles -- Uses old railroad roadbed.

Surface= Crushed limestone.

West Entry= Corner of 8th Street & Gear Avenue (connects to Northwest segment).

East Entry=  North B Street (connects to B Street segment).

Parking: Marked Trail Parking Lot east side of the Matkin Bridge.   Note - There is no parking lot on the west side of the Matkin Bridge.

Photo essays:

   Travel the trail via a photo essay.

   The Matkin Bridge story told with photos.

   The Matkin Plaza story told with photos.

Nearby Parks:

Heritage Park is a block from the western end of the Railroad Trail.   Details here.

Waterworks Park main entrance is south of the Loop Trail on B Street.  Bonnifield Lake has a beach for swimming.   Details here.


Rock Island Railroad segment map


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