Hidden Gems: The Garfield Trail

Fun fact: Jim Davis — cartoonist and creator of everyone’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat Garfield — was born and raised in Indiana! In fact, he’s from a small town northeast of Indianapolis called Fairmount, which is situated in Grant County. 

Jim Davis’s presence is felt all throughout Fairmount and Grant County, and that’s evident when you travel along the Garfield Trail. In honor of Garfield, communities throughout the area have erected statues of Garfield. Each statue is unique and depicts the heritage and character of the location where it was erected. The Garfield Trail is a self-guided, driveable tour, and a way for Garfield fans to explore Grant County and visit 14 unique statues of America’s favorite lasagna-loving fat cat. 

The Garfield statues are located in Marion, Gas City, Upland and surrounding Grant County cities. The statues each measure 5 feet in height and depict Garfield in fun outfits or playful situations. Taking a trip along the Garfield trail is a great family activity, and a fun photo opportunity.

The Garfield Trail is completely self-led and self-guided. But if you’d like to learn more about Jim Davis, Garfield and Grant County while journeying on the Garfield Trail, you can also take the Garfield Trail cell phone tour. Call (765) 997-7034 from each statue for interesting commentary and information on nearby attractions. The Garfield Trail is available year round.


Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe
Nicole Sipe is the editor of Indy's Child and Southwest Ohio Parent magazines. She has a BA in Journalism from California State University Northridge, and has been involved in the print and digital publishing world for most of her life. Born and raised in Southern California, Nicole traded the city and sun for corn and creeks, and now lives in central Indiana with her husband, two sons and Collie. Her latest book for children, “All About Me! Art Journal” was published in 2022 by Walter Foster Jr. In her spare time, she likes traveling with her family, enjoying good food and drink, volunteering at her children’s schools and around her community, and practicing yoga.

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