Where the railroad once was king, the woods now reign again. A century ago, the railway improved the lives of thousands of early Oregonians and the burgeoning lumber industry that supported them. While these trains are long gone and their tracks dismantled, the path they carved through the wilderness remains and has been put to splendid use.
The Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a multi-use trail paved over a decades-old rail bed, allowing hikers, bikers, and horseback riders the chance to experience Oregon history while delighting in the forest’s renewed splendor. These 21 miles of tree-lined, easy-grade pathway was the first Rails-to Trails project in the state and at a mere 26 miles west of Portland, all its natural beauty is yours to enjoy.
The Banks-Vernonia Trail can be accessed at several points along its progression – including trailheads at Manning, Buxton, within Stub Stewart State Park, Tophill, and Beaver Creek, as well as at Banks and Vernonia themselves. Visit today and see just how much good those old railroad beds continue to do – for Oregon, for the forest itself, and (especially) for you and yours.