Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Vernonia, Oregon

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The paved Banks-Vernonia State Trail stretches through the foothills on the east side of the Oregon Coast Range, 35 miles west of Portland and 52 miles east of the coastal town of Seaside. At the north and south ends you’ll travel near the highway. As you approach the middle third of the trail, it leaves the road, climbs into the forested hills, and enters a different world. Miles of side trails in L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park create additional options. While on the main trail, look up at two 90-foot-high, 680-foot-long wooden train trestles. Enjoy views of the Oregon Coast Range. Listen for an owl. You might see a fox, an elk, a deer, or a great blue heron.
Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest

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Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest

by Natalie Bartley (Falcon Guides)

The paved Banks-Vernonia State Trail stretches through the foothills on the east side of the Oregon Coast Range, 35 miles west of Portland and 52 miles east of the coastal town of Seaside. At the north and south ends you’ll travel near the highway. As you approach the middle third of the trail, it leaves the road, climbs into the forested hills, and enters a different world.

Miles of side trails in L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park create additional options. While on the main trail, look up at two 90-foot-high, 680-foot-long wooden train trestles. Enjoy views of the Oregon Coast Range. Listen for an owl. You might see a fox, an elk, a deer, or a great blue heron.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Vernonia
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Shuttle
Surface:
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: The trail can be used year-round.
Additional Use: Skating, Birding
Local Contacts: L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
Topo Map: Banks-Vernonia State Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Rail Trails: Pacific Northwest Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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