Banks-Vernonia State Trail

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The Banks–Vernonia Rail Trail is 21 miles of paved trail between the two Oregon towns of, what else, Banks and Vernonia. The trail links these town with other stops in between—Manning, Tophill, Stub Stewart, Beaver Creek and Buxton—providing a spectacular recreation opportunity for cyclists, walkers, runners or equestrians. Old railroad trestles, wildflowers and wildlife add to the charm of this nature-lover's trail. The trail is steep in places so cyclists are asked to walk their bikes or slow way down for your own safety and that of other trail users. The trail climbs from Banks toward Vernonia, passing through the Hilltop Day Use Area (camping available).

The has 13 bridges and two 700-foot long, 80-foot high railroad trestles at Buxton and Horseshoe, offering amazing views. There's an equestrian bypass at Buxton, which crosses Mendenhall Creek. The route follows an abandoned railroad corridor, which was used between the 1920s and 1957 to haul timber from mills in Vernonia and Keasey to Portland. For five years during the 1960s, the rail was used as a passenger excursion; construction of the trail began in 1991.

Parking and Trail Access

You can access the Banks–Vernonia Rail Trail in Vernonia, Beaver Creek, Tophill, Buxton, Manning and Banks. For more access details and amenities offered at each trailhead, view the local map.


The Best in the Pacific NW

   August, 2014 by rmann1

A truly amazing place; always memorable. Living nearby, we've ridden the trail as total newbies and with grandkids, riding only sections; with a few years experience behind us, we have worked up to riding the entire distance out and back. Always a blast! NOTE: more

Why aren't there more?

   July, 2014 by bufftester

Made the drive down from Tacoma as we had already ridden every stretch of bike path in WA over 5 miles long. Started in Vernonia mid afternoon on a beautiful Sunday with temps in the mid 80s. The first 3 miles are fairly flat and mostly shaded with a more

how do you spend your time?

   May, 2014 by ecousin

Banks Vernonia Trail 4-19-2014 There is something special about riding without the fear of getting smashed by cars. Rails to trails general bring out this experience and allow the rider to enjoy the ride. The steepest you can bring a locomotive more