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.


Best trail in Portland

   February, 2014 by kevin74656

Where else can you run 20 miles without traffic in the Portland metro area? This trail is safe, paved, well-maintained, has clean restrooms at the Banks trailhead and it is marked every half mile. It's a 45 minute drive from my house but totally worth more

Outstanding full day trail

   January, 2014 by nancypants1

We are from California, and we have done this trail two years in a row. We have done it in the summer when the temperatures are in the 90's because it is entirely shaded with a canopy of trees for most of the route. We have ridden this with specialized more

Haven't ridden this one yet

   January, 2014 by carmenza

Can we ask Oregon State parks to yurt this trail? read more