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Banks-Vernonia State Trail

Oregon State Parks Foundation helped raise $22,450 to build the Whistle Stop Community Shelter, which provides information and a place for picnics and learning out of the inclement weather.  With the Buxton trestle in the background, this was a perfect location for an educational and interpretive shelter to tell the story of the timber railroad – an important element of Oregon’s history – and provide a gathering point along this popular trail.

The Banks-Vernonia State Trail is the first “rails–to-trails” state park built in Oregon.  It is constructed on an abandoned railroad bed that extends 21 miles from the town of Banks to the city of Vernonia.  The trail includes an eight-foot wide hiking and bicycle trail paralleled by a four-foot wide horse trail.  The gentle grade allows hikers, bikers and equestrians to enjoy the scenic mountains, meadows and forests of Washington and Columbia Counties.