Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a 24 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Banks, Oregon that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Thanks to the rails to trails program this trail became the first linear state park in Oregon. This paved path with its minimal elevation change is a great choice for the whole family for a sunny day bike ride or walk. If you own a horse there is also a path that runs along the paved path for you. This route is great for bird watching as well.
This is an amazing trail. A must try. Love it.
Very crowded on the weekend. The path was nicely paved, but needed to be a little wider for the different skills of the riders. I wouldn't take kids again, especially on the weekend. I have teens, and they were timid to get run over by the experienced riders.
Bathrooms were pit toilets and were not clean from over use. Some litter, not too bad.
Crossing the bridge was fun for all of us. The forest was gorgeous.
I would try again, but maybe first thing in the morning, or during the week.
Easy paved trail. Would be a good bike riding trail. Dog friendly and was not crowded.
The road noise was a bit much for my taste... but the black berries were good!
This is not a moderate trail for riding or hiking it's very easy!
Newb biker, here! This is my first actual "trail" since riding to parks and Belmont Station for lunch. There's a little parking lot at the trailhead, sports maybe 40 spots. Was a bit tight when I got there, and it was mid-day Wed. The first 4mi are scenic smoothly paved trail, with a rail and a road on one side and meadows on the right. Once you head up into the forest (just after the big meadow), the rest is a gradual but constant incline. I got my butt kicked and turned around about 7.5mi in, and the coast back down was way worth it! And here I'd figured I'd make the whole 21mi easy... Ha. There's also little nooks with picnic tables every mile or so if you want to stop and snack; a nice feature!
wide paved trail the entire length. good solid trail along an old rail road path.
Good easy ride on a paved trail. Will have to come back to do the dirt trails.
I did this hike last month and oh my Lord, it is GORGEOUS. Old trees line the path as you walk and it is probably one of the most quiet and peaceful hikes ever! Would totally do it again.
The indicated date was the day we completed walking our last leg of the trail. We've been doing trailhead-to-trailhead round trips starting in Banks last year. Each leg has its beauty and charm. The last and most recent leg - Beaver Creek to Vernonia - was on the whole the least scenic. However, the loop around Vernonia Lake was very nice and was tempting us to come back with fishing poles. As the trail is well paved, it was very easily walked with a stroller, and is very popular with bicyclists. While open to horses, we never came across any on our trips.
Great trail to bike ride on. The scenery is changeable and traverses through open fields to covered forest areas. I read somewhere that part of this used to be an older railway that was converted to a trail.
http://www.oregonstateparks.org/park_145.php for PDF map of trailhead parking lots. Great paved trail for an easy run.