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Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Vernonia

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The Banks–Vernonia State Trail is a paved rail trail and state park in northwest Oregon in the United States. It runs for 21 miles (34 km), primarily north–south, between the towns of Vernonia in Columbia County and Banks in Washington County on an abandoned railroad bed. Banks is about 25 miles (40 km) west of Portland.

The 8-foot (2.4 m) wide trail is open to non-motorized uses such as hiking and biking. A 4-foot (1.2 m) 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 600 feet (180 m) long and 80 feet (24 m) 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 20 miles (32 km) 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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  • We did the portion from Stub Stewart Park to Vernonia. We had done the other portion last year. Beautiful scenery and well taken care of. Highly recommend for all biking and walking/running... 
    We did the portion from Stub Stewart Park to Vernonia. We had done the other portion last year. Beautiful scenery and well taken care of. Highly recommend for all biking and walking/running...  more »
  • The Banks-Vernonia Trail is a bit more challenging and interesting than a lot of rail trails, with varied terrain and a switchback detour around an unrestored trestle. Vernonia is a great little... 
    The Banks-Vernonia Trail is a bit more challenging and interesting than a lot of rail trails, with varied terrain and a switchback detour around an unrestored trestle. Vernonia is a great little...  more »

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