Banks, Oregon: The Gateway to Outdoor Adventure
The city of Banks, Oregon, 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.
Blue Jay's Restaurant is a perfect spot for fueling up before a ride or relaxing after one, and cyclists will appreciate the ample bike parking for this family-style restaurant nearby.
Not far from the city of Banks is L.L. Stub Stewart State Park, a popular spot for tent, hike-in and RV camping.
Washington County (Tualatin Valley) has been approved for Phase 1 of reopening. Whether you live in Oregon or are visiting from out of town, it’s important to know what to expect when you’re here.
When restrictions are lifted, businesses reopen and it is safe to get out of the house this summer, explore Tualatin Valley and check out this list for fun and socially distant outdoor activities.
If you’re missing your weekly trivia night or favorite winery’s tasting room — check out one of these virtual events you can participate in from home.