Banks–Vernonia State Trail

24600 Nw Bacona Rd, Vernonia, Oregon 97109 USA

The Banks–Vernonia State Trail is a paved rail trail and state park in northwest Oregon in the United States. It runs for , primarily north–south, between the towns of Vernonia in Columbia County and Banks in Washington County on an abandoned railroad bed. Banks is about west of Portland. The wide trail is open to non-motorized uses such as hiking and biking. A wide horse trail parallels the hiking and biking trail. The rail trail crosses 12 bridges and the Buxton Trestle, a former railroad trestle bridge that is long and high. A second railroad trestle, the Tophill (or Horseshoe) Trestle, was damaged by fire in 1986 and is bypassed with a series of switchbacks at the Tophill trailhead. Amenities available at some locations in the park include picnicking, fishing, wildlife watching, forests, bird-watching, historic sites, public restrooms, parking, horse hitching posts, a loading platform, and a whistle stop shelter. The rail trail connects to a network of about of unpaved mountain-biking trails in L. L. "Stub" Stewart State Park. About 14,000 people used the rail trail in 2004.

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Banks–Vernonia State Trail

24600 Nw Bacona Rd
Vernonia, Oregon
97109 USA

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