Jefferson County Trails Council

The Trails of Jefferson County, Fairfield, IA

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Walking-only Trails - connecting to the Loop Trail

Walking-only Trails in the Lakes segment of the Loop Trail

Entrance to the West Walking Trail

The Waterworks Park Walking Trail is a grassy multi-purpose trail surrounding Bonnifield Lake, which includes a beach for swimming.

The Pleasant Lake East Walking Trail is on the east side of the lake, and the Pleasant Lake West Walking Trail is on the west side of Pleasant Lake.  Both are accessible from the Loop Trail.

See photos of Walking Trail maintenance.

Bonnifield Lake and Pleasant Lake Walking-only Trails are marked with dotted lines.

Lake Walking Trails

This map shows all 3 lakes on the Lakes Segment of the Loop Trail.

Map of Bonnifield Lake and Pleasant Lake

Details of the lakes are on the City Lakes page.

Walking-only Trail at the Louden Bridge segment

A new wetlands was created just east of Chautauqua Park by the Iowa DOT as part of their mitigation program.  A new walking-only trail was created by mowing a path through the grass, and it will continue to be mowed during the growing season.  Volunteers built a small bridge to cross a small drainage ditch next to the wetlands.   More information here.

New walking-only trail east of Chautauqua Park.
Walking-only trail in Chautauqua Park East

Return to Lakes segment page.

Walking-only Trails in Lamson Woods

The Neff Walking Trail connects to the Lamson Woods Walking Trail in Lamson Woods, and at the other end connects to the Loop Trail near Glasgow Rd.

Lamson Woods Map

The trail through Lamson Woods is in a State Preserve - please obey all of the rules.

See more on the Lamson Woods Trail Page.

Return to Lakes segment page.

Information about 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 under story 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, may apple, Solomon's seal, swamp buttercup, and wild hyacinth.  By May, moon seed and Jacob's ladder can be seen in flower followed by jump seed and pale touch-me-not in July.  August brings the blooming of hog peanut among the sensitive dren and maindenhair 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).

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

   See a topo map here.

   See a satellite view here.

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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.

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