Banks, Oregon, is the Gateway to Outdoor Adventure
The city of Banks is located on Highway 26, en route to/from the Oregon Coast. With a population nearing 1,900, this small city is known for its superb outdoor recreation.
Banks marks the start of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a 21-mile linear trail open to cyclists, hikers and horseback riders. This popular path was the state’s first rail-to-trail project and remains one of the most popular multi-use paths in the region.
Banks is the gateway to the Oregon Coast. It’s less than a 45-minute drive to the pristine beaches and the refreshing Pacific Ocean.
Less than a 45-minute drive to the beaches of the Oregon Coast, this agricultural community radiates with small-town charm, and the friendly hospitality of its residents can be found at the area’s u-pick farms and farmers market.
The 21-mile Banks-Vernonia State Trail starts in Banks. This is the first rail-to-trail path in Oregon, and is ideal for cyclists, hikers and horseback riders. Don't have a bicycle? Not to worry, you can rent a single-rider or tandem bicycle at the Banks trailhead.
The Trailhead Cafe is a perfect spot for fueling up before a ride or relaxing after one, and cyclists will appreciate the ample bike parking for this eatery near the Banks-Vernonia Bike Trail.
Not far from the city of Banks is L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, a popular spot for tent, hike-in and RV camping.
Just a quick drive from Portland, you can escape to to the Tualatin Valley for a nature getaway that is filled views of spring’s amazing wildflowers.
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No matter your cycling skills or preferences, one of the Tualatin Valley’s numerous bike paths will provide a long stretch of unadulterated fun.