Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Vernonia

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Banks-Vernonia State Trail is located in Vernonia. A visit to Banks-Vernonia State Trail represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Vernonia trip itinerary maker to plot your vacation.
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  • A perfect way to finish our bike tour. The trail is paved, safe, and absolutely gorgeous. Highly recommend to anyone biking in the area.  more »
  • You can go as far or as little distance as you feel up to. Most of the trail is shady. It's a gradual climb and barely noticeable. Well kept. Good for walking, running or bike.  more »
  • The trail is well-maintained and any Popsicles or bumps in the road only did 13 miles with two teenagers and it was a fairly easy ride. Loved it! Great scenery!  more »
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  • Such a great bike trail can't wait to do the full thing
  • We loved this trail! Not many walkers/hikers to dodge the day we went and the other bikers were very savvy about "rules of the road". Parking is dicey on a busy Saturday at Banks lot and we felt really lucky to get one of the only spots available. We have been biking for only a few years using bad starter bikes and it was no problem getting up the gradual 7ish mile uphill climb . Was awesome coasting back down. We went on a near 100* day and it was pretty cool still in the trees and forested areas. We ran into free ranging pigs on the trail but no trouble getting around them. Love this trail!
  • Beautiful trail, gentle incline for 10K training.
  • Great trail 21 miles end to end 42 mile round trip. Also several trailheads in between so you can choose how long a ride. Very nice trail, paved all the way.
  • This is one of the best bike trails in the state. It's paved and wooded the whole 21 miles. It's more downhill if you start in Vernonia and head toward Banks. One way to get your bikes and yourself up there: look up "Columbia County Rider" on google. (However it doesn't stop in Banks.) Give yourself a little time to walk around the little shops, cafes, etc in Vernonia. At the south terminus, don't miss the little bike shop near the trailhead. They sell drinks, ice cream bars, etc. PROS: ●nice paved, wooded trail ●bathrooms along the way ●lots of photo ops, especially the trestle ●blackberries ●the shade keeps you cool on hot days CONS: ●difficult to get bikes at one end and have your car waiting at the other end ●it's a significant drive from Portland ●it follows the highway, so you always hear vehicles

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