Description - Stop. Look. Listen. Not for the train ... it doesn't whistle along this old, abandoned, 21-mile railroad anymore. This trail, west of Portland, leads from Banks to Vernonia.
- Listen to the rustling wind, birds and trickling streams. Stop at Manning. Stop at Vernonia. Stop at Tophill or Buxton. Stop at any of these trailheads and get on this trail to walk, bicycle, clop along on your horse or push the stroller. Look at the old trestles and gorgeous wildflowers, animals and trees. Hop on board. 21 miles of adventure await. There's a ticket with your name on it.
Vital stats: There is no fee to use this park. Call (503) 324-0606 or (800) 551-6949 for more information or to receive a free brochure with a map in the mail.
Recreation - The Banks-Vernonia Trail offers opportunities for hiking, biking, horseback riding, picnicking, viewing wildlife, viewing scenery, bird watching, and interpretive programs.
Climate - Climate in this region changes with elevation. The area receives a high amount of precipitation. Much of the precipitation comes from October to April in the form of rain at the low elevations and as wet heavy snow in the higher elevations. Winter temperatures are normally cool at the lower elevations and cold at the higher elevations. Although snow is possible in the lowest elevations, it is infrequent and does not stay on the ground for long. Late spring, summer and early autumn bring the best chance for clear, sunny days and bring moderate temperatures.
The Banks-Vernonia Trail is located to the west of Portland, between the towns of Banks and Vernonia.