The Fairfield Loop Trail forms a 16-mile ring around the town of Fairfield, mostly in the outlying areas of the countryside. The trail links two major preserves and connects city and county parks. Along the way you'll pass through woodlands, meadows and prairie, and hilly sections.
Most of the trail surface is crushed stone, but there are about 2.5 miles total of concrete surface in four different locations. A 0.8-mile on-road segment follows Mint Boulevard (a gravel road) southward from Lamson Woods toward the trail section that parallels US 34. Other trails, such as the 7.5 miles in Jefferson County Park, connect to the Fairfield Loop Trail.
The most spectacular feature of the trail is the BNSF bridge over the railroad tracks near Walton Lake. The bridge features 171 ceramic tiles created by high school art students, which are inset into the bridge's concrete curb. Many small bridges, some with artistic enhancements, cross brooks on the Fairfield Loop Trail.
Parking and Trail Access
There are numerous access points and places to park all along the loop. Check the Jefferson County website link (under Related Links to the right) for more information.
pretty fall riding
This trail will be beautiful when the leaves start showing their full fall color. The trail is mostly crushed and loose gravel. Some areas are packed a little better than others. This is a rather hilly path which is not good for recumbent bikes. Personally, ...
Take a Walk on the Fairfield Loop Trail (5 minutes)
A five-minute slideshow set to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Sheep May Safely Graze".
A stirring walk on the 17-mile Fairfield Loop Trail (Fairfield, Iowa) -- including the beautiful reservoir lakes; the farmland ...