The BanksVernonia 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 betweenManning, Tophill, Stub Stewart, Beaver Creek and Buxtonproviding 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 BanksVernonia 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
Total trail ride in one day
We rode from Vernonia to Banks and back in the same day. It made for a long ride, but allowed us to see the entire trail in one day. I would not recommend a total trail ride unless you are a good intermediate rider. We ride the Chehalis Western Trail ...
Nice bike trial close to Portland
Pretty nice road surface and nice grade all the way through, a little uneven the last 6 miles towards Banks, but nothing to complain about for a trail so close to Portland.
Avoid weekends if possible which can bring heavy bike and foot traffic. If going ...