Cedar View Trail

Jefferson County Conservation Board, Fairfield, Iowa
Cedar View Trail

Cedar View Trail

Cedar View Trail, 4.5 miles in length, connects the two communities of Fairfield and Libertyville. It also provides access to the 15.9 mile Fairfield Loop Trail and leads into Jefferson County Park's north entrance where it connects to the seven miles of trail within the park.

⚫ 4.5 miles long
⚫ Trails - hiking, biking, XC-skiing

Cedar View Trail

Cedar View Trail Bridge

Cedar View Trail, 4.5 miles in length, connects the two communities of Fairfield and Libertyville. Plans for the trail started in the mid 1990's and easements for the abandoned Rock Island Railroad right-of-way between Jefferson County Park and Cedar Creek Timber were obtained in 1996. See railroad details here.

Three and a half acres were purchased adjacent to 32nd Street that now serve as the trail head. This area was an unsightly salvage yard and is now seeded with native grasses and forbs.

Federal TEA21 enhancement funds were secured in 2000 for the 400 foot bridge that crosses Cedar Creek. The bridge was completed during the winter of 2002, with the grand opening held in August of that same year.

Cedar View Trail Bridge

In 2007, a 256-foot pedestrian bridge on Cedar View Trail was constructed over the Fairfield by-pass highway. Access to the Fairfield Loop trail is possible from this pedestrian bridge.

In 2013, a pit vault latrine was constructed at the intersection of the Cedar View Trail and the Fairfield Loop Trail.

The first segment of Cedar View Trail follows the old railroad right-of-way for approximately one mile to the Cedar View Bridge.

Cedar View Trail marshlands

Before reaching the bridge, a waterfowl observation deck can be found that was constructed by the Jefferson County Trails Council. The beautiful view overlooks a large wetland that lies on the flood plain of Cedar Creek.

The view from Cedar View bridge is also exciting. The bridge spans 400 feet and the deck is 60 feet high over Cedar Creek.

The trail then continues through Cedar Creek Timber to 223rd Street. From there the trail follows 223rd to Hackberry Way to Hemlock Avenue north of Libertyville. The east shoulder of Hemlock Avenue has been designated for trail use.

Cedar View Trail is connected to the Fairfield Loop Trail (see Loop Trail webpage). Cedar View Trail also leads into Jefferson County Park and connects to the seven miles of trail within the park.

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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: jeffersonccb@lisco.com
Updated 12-23-16

 

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