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Banks-Vernonia State Trail

 3.9 (11)

This paved rail-to-trail offers several miles of rural riding through beautiful forests and fields.

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937' 286 m


203' 62 m


772' 235 m


359' 109 m



Avg Grade (1°)


Max Grade (5°)

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Family Friendly The entire path is paved and wide enough for young ones to enjoy the trail.


The Banks-Vernonia State Trail can be a great way to get a lot of miles in and not ride in the city. Always rolling through the forest or between fields, it can be a great place to clear your head. Although there is no singletrack, L.L. Stub Stewart's mountain bike trails are accessible from the path. In the rainy season it can also be a good way to stretch your legs without destroying any fragile trails.

This 22-mile, completely paved rail-to-trail offers plenty of room to stretch your legs and get in a nice, rural ride when you're tired of the city. Six well-cultivated trailheads provide ample access to the various landscapes encountered on the old rail-line.

Starting in Banks is probably the most common practice for Portlanders; a large parking lot and nearby bike shop make this a great starting point. The first five miles are very flat as the trail cuts between fields and tree lines. At the five mile marker, the trail begins a lengthy but reasonable climb towards the L.L. Stub Stewart State Park.

There is a good amount of singletrack and even some freeride trails in the State Park. Riding the Banks-Vernonia State Trail in to reach your trailhead is a great way to save some money and get in a good warm up.

At around mile twelve, the trail abruptly drops down some switchbacks, crosses Highway 47 at the Tophill Trailhead, and then quickly climbs back up some steep switchbacks. After this short but steep climb, the route will begin the long, very gradual downhill towards the town of Vernonia.

At mile seventeen, the path begins to closely follow Highway 47, but don't worry, the trail is always separated. Before long, the trail enters Vernonia and eventually winds up on the banks of Vernonia Lake. Enjoy the view, eat a snack, and turn around for the ride home!


Land Manager: Oregon State Parks

Shared By:

Brock Warner

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Foggy morning on the Buxton Trestle.
Aug 19, 2016 near Banks, OR
The climb towards Stub Stewart State Park is always beautiful.
Aug 19, 2016 near Vernonia, OR
Foggy fields right before the climb up to Stub Stewart.
Aug 19, 2016 near Banks, OR
Crossing the Buxton Trestle on the Banks-Veronia State Trail.
Aug 30, 2016 near Banks, OR
Taking a break with the trees near the Stub Stewart crossing.
Jul 28, 2019 near Vernonia, OR
Little snippet of old railroad tracks at the top of the switchbacks on the Visitor Center Loop.
Oct 14, 2015 near Vernonia, OR



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Jul 26, 2021
John May
Dec 27, 2020
Andreas Jorgensen
Out and back from banks 43mi
Nov 7, 2020
Austin Burns
Jun 22, 2020
Michelle Ekstrom
80 degrees, beautiful day!! — 1h 10m
Jul 28, 2019
Brian Chase
Most excellent ride, switch-backs up are a walk. Beautiful Trees and scenery 15mi — 2h 30m
Jul 6, 2019
Don Frost
Awesome 23mi — 3h 42m
May 31, 2019
Travis Odehnal
Only did a seven mile portion of the trail from banks to Buxton trailhead. All paved and relatively level. family friendly and beautiful tree lined 14mi
May 25, 2019
John Bradley