Banks-Vernonia State Trail

MODERATE 30 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
24.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1420 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Point to Point

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

16 days ago

Started in Banks and went north towards Stewart State Park; turned around at 11mi. Took a 1 mile detour to a viewpoint that was not worth the effort. It is the first one you come upon when entering the park from the south on the trail. Hit up The Trailhead Cafe after. Worth it.

road biking
25 days ago

hiking
25 days ago

We started at the Manning Trailhead and hiked south 3 miles and then returned to the trailhead and hiked North 1.5 miles, great hike, no grade on this portion, scouting for future full trail hike.

hiking
1 month ago

boring, road noise. best for biking

1 month ago

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail to run. Easy to follow, good scenery, not to busy for a Saturday morning (in the rain)!

3 months ago

walking
3 months ago

road biking
6 months ago

7 months ago

This is an amazing trail. A must try. Love it.

mountain biking
8 months ago

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.

walking
8 months ago

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!

road biking
10 months ago

This is not a moderate trail for riding or hiking it's very easy!

10 months ago

road biking
11 months ago

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!

11 months ago

road biking
Thursday, April 28, 2016

wide paved trail the entire length. good solid trail along an old rail road path.

hiking
Sunday, April 03, 2016

mountain biking
Saturday, March 26, 2016

Good easy ride on a paved trail. Will have to come back to do the dirt trails.