Banks-Vernonia State Trail

LL "Stub" Stewart Memorial State Park, Oregon

Elevation Gain1,149ft
Trailhead Elevation211ft
Elevation Min/Max191/889ft
Elevation Start/End211/211ft

Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Banks, Oregon. It is within LL "Stub" Stewart Memorial State Park. It is 10.6 miles long and begins at 211 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 21.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,149 feet. Overflow Parking, Banks-Vernonia Parking, and other parkings are near the trailhead. There are also restrooms. Buxton Trailhead and another parking can be seen along the trail. There are also a bench and a shelter along the trail. This trail connects with the following: Banks-Vernonia Trail, Springboard Horseshoe, Bark Spud Trail, Caddywhomper Way, Williams Creek Horseshoe, Boomescooter Trail, Hollies Point of View Trail, Hares Canyon Trail, Spur Trail and Matchcutters Lane.

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Biking Portland (The Mountaineers Books)
Owen Wozniak
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"The Banks–Vernonia State Trail is popular, but not as popular as it should be. It’s simply one of the best rails-to-trails in the United States, a 21-mile ride deep into the Coast Range foothills. It climbs gently from Tualatin Valley farmland into timber country, crossing a dozen bridges en route to the logging village of Vernonia. If it were a little closer to Portland, it would probably be mobbed. Instead, odds are good you’ll have plenty of the trail to yourself." Read more
Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides)
Adam Sawyer
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"The nonprofit Rails-to-Trails Conservancy has the enviable task of converting former rail lines into trails. The first conservancy project in Oregon, the 8-foot-wide, 21-mile Banks–Vernonia Trail extends from the town of Banks, in Washington County, to the that of Vernonia in the Coast Range. The multiuse trail is open to bicyclists, walkers, and runners and is paralleled by a 4-foot-wide horse path. The ride cuts through canopied second- growth forest and open meadows and visits a pair of 80-foot-high railroad trestles. There are six separate trailheads spread out along the length of the trail. All the trailheads can be reached by car, and most provide restrooms, picnic tables, and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) access." Read more
75 Classic Rides Oregon (The Mountaineers Books)
Jim Moore
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"One of the beauties of the rail trail is that it’s simple to do an out-and-back with the kids or friends—just head out and try to gauge when everyone’s had half enough. If you don’t want to climb much, that’ll be about 5 miles from the Banks Trailhead." Read more

Banks-Vernonia State Trail Reviews

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This was a comfortable ride as the parts that I went on were paved. part just recently. I rode from Buxton Trail head to the road that will take you to STUB STEWART STATE PARK. set to open in July 07. that was about three miles and it was on fresh paved trail. I also rode the the other way from buxton trail head. it was also paved for the most part except for the part that goes down the by the old railroad trestle. That was about a mile and a half one way. The scenerey was very comforting. ferns and trees. It would probably be a nice family ride, just remember that in most cases you will be going either up or down a gentle grade for a considerable distance IE pick your first direction so that you are going up so the ride back will be fun. There will also probably be horses at least there were a few when I went, go slow by them so you don't scare them.
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I think that this trail should only be ridden by experts. The reason is that that the trail is over grown and there are very large thor bushes that will shred you legs. I had to spend two weeks in the hosptal recovering from my injuries. THIS TRAIL SUCKED ASS!!!!!!!!

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LL "Stub" Stewart Memorial State Park
Nearby City
LL "Stub" Stewart Memorial State Park
Kid-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Oregon Road & Recreation Atlas: Page 35 E8
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Dec 2018