Explore Oregon’s Banks-Vernonia State Trail
What do you get when you pair a decades-old, unused railway with the beauty of Tualatin Valley? You get one of the wonders of Oregon, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a 21-mile tree-lined multi-use trail.
This trail will take you through open glades of the green, pine-scented forests and across babbling streams. Some of the area’s best wildflower and wildlife viewing is waiting for even the most casual of adventurer.
Built along an abandoned railway, this eight-foot wide, year-round, multi-use paved trail is popular among cyclists, hikers and equestrians.
The trail is open year-round, and tent and RV camping are available—also year-round—at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park.
Open to walkers, joggers, cyclists and horseback riders, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail was the state’s first rails-to-trails project, and it attracts tens of thousands of outdoor enthusiasts.
The Banks-Vernonia State Trail by the numbers
- 21-mile, easy-grade, linear trail
- 6 access points along the trail
- 13 bridges and wooden trails
- 26 miles west of Portland
Banks (and Forest Grove, too) The small City of Banks (population nearing 1,900) is the gateway to the Oregon Coast and is known for its superb outdoor recreation.
This car-free ride along the scenic Banks-Vernonia State Trail, a 21-mile rail-to-trail path, is great for families who want an easy pedal that has plenty of scenic and historic highlights, including the Buxton Trestle.