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.
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."
--Adam Sawyer, Best Outdoor Adventures Near Portland, Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Jim Moore , 75 Classic Rides Oregon (The Mountaineers Books).
"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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Mountain Biking Oregon: Northwest & Central Oregon (Falcon Guides).
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