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.

Banks-Vernonia State Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

"A wide gravel multi-use trail that travels through a second-growth Douglas fir forest. You’ll enjoy the smooth graded surface on this 20-mile multi-use trail that travels through a serene forest canopy.

The route described here is a 4-mile out-and-back section of this trail. However, from the Buxton Trailhead you have the option of heading 14 miles north or 6 miles south as the trail follows the old rail line. This easy track gives you the freedom to go on a slow afternoon ramble or an ambitious marathon. You’ll share the trail with mountain bikers, equestrians, and hikers—but more than likely you’ll have the trail all to yourself."

"A fun ride located just a quick 30-minute drive west of Portland, this tour consists of an easy 21-mile biking, hiking, and equestrian route, which follows the old railway line from the city of Banks to the city of Vernonia.

The route climbs a gentle grade, which winds through a mixed deciduous and fir forest before crossing a series of bubbling creeks. One of the trail’s great highlights is the 80-foot-high, 600-foot-long Buxton train trestle. Trail surface: Gravel road, paved road, paved trail."

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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Trail Information

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