Measuring approximately 385ft from end-to-end, the South Fork Trestle is considerably longer than Canadian National's large Buffalo Creek Trestle at Winthrop, which measures 321ft long. The bridge is a strong contender for the longest extant timber railroad bridge in the state, possibly sharing that title with another structure in Monroe County. Also measuring approximately 385ft long, the former Union Pacific Lockman Trestle is another recently abandoned timber giant. Ironically, both bridges share common ancestry, as both are former M&StL structures.
The South Fork Bridge was severely damaged by arson on Oct. 14, 2015. A 60ft. section of the middle of the bridge was badly burnt, causing approximately $90,000 worth of damage to the bridge. Unfortunately, this has become a common issue with rail-trail bridges in Iowa. The former IARR truss at Albion has suffered deck damage due to arson, and the Rolling Prairie Trail bridge at Clarksville was closed for three years due to two teenagers burning the wooden deck off and causing $300,000 of damage. In addition, another large bridge east of Dumont, located on a potential additional section of the Rolling Prairie Trail, was damaged by arson in 2010.
The South Fork Trestle currently remains in place with an uncertain future. It is unknown if or when repairs will take place.