Banks-Vernonia Trail

The Banks-Vernonia Trail, a multi-use trail paved over a decades-old train bed, allows the walker, jogger, biker or mounted rider the chance to catch a whiff of Oregon history while delighting in the forest’s renewed splendor. 21 miles of tree-lined, easy-grade pathway conducts you through sun-dappled glades and across swift, clear streams, filling your nose with wildflower scents and your ears with the songs of birds. 13 old bridges, wooden trestles rise up to acquaint you with days of the past. And at a mere 26 miles west of Portland, all this peaceful, quiet, natural beauty awaits you right down the road.


If the parking lot at the trailhead is full, additional parking is available at Five Star Builders, 13981 NW Main Street, Banks, OR) which is across the road from the trailhead parking lot.

Parking at Five Star Builders is available as follows:

  • Monday-Friday from 5:00 pm until dusk
  • Saturday, Sunday and State Holidays from 7:00 am until dusk