Jefferson County Conservation Board

Fairfield, Jefferson County, Iowa

Parks, Recreation, and Wildlife Areas

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Managing 12 areas in Jefferson County, southeast Iowa

Going Camping?   Camping is allowed in three areas.


Picnic Shelter? Try Jefferson County Park, Round Prairie Park, Mac Coon Access, & Gobble Park.

Picnic Shelter

Use our hiking, water, and equestrian trails in seven of our areas.

Swinging Bridge

Like to fish & hunt? Fishing is allowed in seven areas, and hunting in five areas.


Float your boat at Mac Coon Access, Round Prairie Park and Turkey Run.


How about Nature & the Environment? Visit our Nature Center, see events on our What's New page.

Nature Center

Visit our Historic Sites (listed below).

Plants in Whitham Woods

Whitham Woods is the original site of the C.W. Whitham Nursery. Many of the original nursery plantings have grown to maturity, creating an interesting diversification of plant materials. And a four-acre prairie plot is seeded with prairie plants. From 1858 to 1901 a mainline railroad (now BNSF) ran through this property.

Zillman Woods has picturesque timber and takes you past an old reconstructed cemetery with headstones dating back to the 1800's.

Gobble Park is the site of the original 1853 T.W. Gobble and Co. store.

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Mission Statement
Our mission is to enhance the quality of life in Jefferson County by acquiring, developing and managing public areas so that its citizens will have opportunities for quality outdoor recreation experiences, and to cultivate good land stewardship through natural history and environmental education activities.

Jefferson County Conservation Board, 2003 Libertyville Road, Fairfield, IA 52556
Call: 641-472-4421    Fax: 641-472-7911   E-mail:
Updated 12-23-16


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