Banks-Vernonia State Trail

MODERATE 37 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.

road biking
9 days ago

horseback riding
16 days ago

Bicyclist please yield to horses. A horse can easily kick you square in the head when you ride by unannounced! 90% of the bikes just zoom by... someone will seriously get injured.

Over all this is a great trail for everyone. Shade, trees, views! It can be very busy so beware for others also enjoying the path.

mountain biking
1 month ago

road biking
1 month ago

I've only made it halfway to Vernonia from Banks, but I love this ride. I've biked this a handful of times and enjoy it every time. Not having to bike on the road and worry about cars is a wonderful change from my commute to work.

Close to Banks there are a lot of pedestrians, but as you get further away from town, they become fewer and far between. This is a popular bike spot, so expect to see lots of bikers passing you and to pass.

Biking toward Vernonia is uphill the entire way. It is gradual, but you really notice it when you head back to Banks, you coast the entire time. So, make sure you get to where you feel you're done before turning around.

If you're looking for a place to bike for the day, this is it.

road biking
1 month ago

mountain biking
1 month ago

2 months 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
2 months ago

hiking
2 months 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
3 months ago

boring, road noise. best for biking

3 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

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

5 months ago

walking
5 months ago

road biking
8 months ago

9 months ago

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

mountain biking
10 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
10 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
Friday, August 19, 2016

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