Distance: 16.2 miles
Route Type: Trail
Surface Type: Asphalt, Concrete, Crushed Stone
Cities on Route: Fairfield
Forming a 16 mile loop trail around Fairfield, Iowa and connecting two major forest preserves plus city and county parks, the Jefferson County Trail System fondly calls this the “emerald necklace”. An ever changing landscape of wooded land, meadows, prairies, hills and vales make this trail interesting and challenging.
The BNSF bridge near Walton Lake features 171 ceramic tiles created by local high school art students and permanently installed as an art piece in the bridge’s concrete curb. There are many small bridges on the trail, but the BNSF bridge is the most spectacular.