near Portland, Banks Vernonia trail, car free, just bikes, people, horses.

NW Bike Rides

Only about an hour drive from Portland is a 21 mile rail-to-trail paved path the Banks-Vernonia State Trail providing a fun bike ride in the Pacific Coast Range of Oregon.

The path is multi-use shared by bikes, pedestrians and equestrians.

The trail will take you over many bridges and train trestles.

Of course, we have many options for bike riding in Oregon. Banks-Vernonia State Trail is definitely a fun choice. If you live in the Portland Metro area, this trail not only offers car free riding and beautiful scenery, it's also close enough to be enjoyed often.

If you have time for more, why not check out Stub Stewart State Park.

Stub Stewart State Park is also bike friendly.

If you are looking for longer rides, check out the scenic bike paths throughout Oregon for some bike touring trip options.

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