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.
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.
We’re in the midst of clover season here in Tualatin Valley. While traversing the valley, round a corner and—whoa!—a delightful red clover field will come into view. It’s a truly breathtaking scene.
If you’re looking to extend your Portland trip, then plan a weekend in Tualatin Valley—a two-day trip with local favorites using the winners of the 2019 People’s Choice Awards as your guideposts.
After more than 1,400 votes were counted, we are excited to announce the winners of this year’s Tualatin Valley People’s Choice Awards.