Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Vernonia, Oregon 97064

Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Banks-Vernonia State Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

More Banks-Vernonia State Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Banks-Vernonia Trail stretches through the hills east of the Coast Mountains. It’s 35 miles west of Portland, and 52 miles east of the coastal town of Seaside. Both trail endpoints—at Banks and at Vernonia—are paved for several miles, mostly along the highway.

As you approach the middle third of the trail, it leaves the road and climbs into the forested hills on a gravel-and-ballast surface. Here you enter a different world. Miles of side trails create an outdoor museum of railroad relics, including an old section cabin. Look up at two 90-foot-high, 680-foot-long trestles. Enjoy views of the Coastal Range. Listen for an owl. You might see a fox, an elk, a deer, or a great blue heron."

"The ambitious, 20-mile Banks–Vernonia Trail was the first “rails-to-trails” park in Oregon."

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Trail Information

Vernonia
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Accessibility
21
Distance
Shuttle
Trail Type
Easy
Skill Level
The trail can be used year-round.
Season
Skating, Birding
Additional Use
L. L. “Stub” Stewart State Park
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