This Abandoned Railway Hike In Oregon Is A Historic Treasure

In the early 1900s, train tracks slashed through many of Oregon’s forests, making it easier to transport lumber out of the wilderness. Today, along the Banks-Vernonia State Trail, the trains are gone, and where once-noisy engines made their way through the landscape, now hikers and cyclists enjoy a quiet, peaceful afternoon.

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Learn more about the Banks-Vernonia State Trail on the Oregon State Parks and Recreation website, and for a thorough description of each section of the trail, pop over to the trail’s page on OregonHikers.org. Have you hiked or biked this trail? We’d love to hear about your adventure!

Looking for another trail that’s steeped in history? Check out this hiking trail that features a World War II bunker.