Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Banks, OR
Length: Varies
Type: Point-to-point

About This Trail

[Total: 3    Average: 3.7/5]

Located an hour west of Portland, with 21 miles of paved trail over trestles and bridges and incredible views of ash and maples trees, the Banks-Vernonia State Trail offers some of the best fall colors on the entire West Coast. Hop on and off this former railroad trail at 1 of 6 trailheads.


Submitted by Joe Linehan

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Trail Features

Seasons Fall
Surface type Paved
Elevation gain 1,000 ft.
Stroller friendly Yes
Stroller terrain Any Wheels
ADA accessible Yes
Water fountains No
Bathrooms Yes
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Bike Trails, Boardwalk, Creek / River, Shaded Hike, and Wildlife Viewing

Fee & Parking Details

Fee : $0.00

Access at 6 points (Manning, Buxton, Tophill, and Beaver Creek, as well as at Banks and Vernonia themselves).

Trail Contributor

[Total: 3    Average: 3.7/5]

Hike it Baby Trail Guide is managed by the Family Trail Guide team. If a trail has been “abandoned” by the initial owner, it gets adopted by the team. Also, if there are no trails in the area, the Family Trail Guide team researches trails that are family friendly in the area to insure that hikes cover all areas where Hike it Baby hikes.


Trail Map

Getting There

From Portland, Head northwest toward I-405 N
469 ft

Continue onto I-405 N
0.7 mi

Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 1D for U.S. 26 W toward Beaverton
0.5 mi

Continue onto US-26 W
21.0 mi

Slight left onto NW Banks Rd
1.7 mi

Turn right onto NW Sellers Rd