Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Vernonia, Oregon

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The Banks-Vernonia State Trail stretches through the hills (east of the Coast Mountains) between its two namesake towns. The former railroad corridor—once part of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway—hauled timber from mills in Vernonia and Keasey to Portland beginning in the 1920s until 1957. For five years during the 1960s, the line was used for passenger excursions. Oregon Parks and Recreation gained official ownership of the right-of-way in 1990. The gentle grade (in all but one area) provides beautiful scenes of the Coast Range from forested hills, as well as access to side trails displaying railroad relics and to a number of rivers and creeks.
Rail-Trails Washington & Oregon

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Rail-Trails Washington & Oregon

by Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (Wilderness Press)

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail stretches through the hills (east of the Coast Mountains) between its two namesake towns. The former railroad corridor—once part of the Spokane, Portland and Seattle Railway—hauled timber from mills in Vernonia and Keasey to Portland beginning in the 1920s until 1957.

For five years during the 1960s, the line was used for passenger excursions. Oregon Parks and Recreation gained official ownership of the right-of-way in 1990. The gentle grade (in all but one area) provides beautiful scenes of the Coast Range from forested hills, as well as access to side trails displaying railroad relics and to a number of rivers and creeks.

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Activity Type: Rail-Trails
Nearby City: Vernonia
Distance: 21
Trail Type: Out-and-back
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Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: tinyurl.com/banksstatetrl
Driving Directions: Directions to Banks-Vernonia State Trail

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