(Photo: Evan Ross/Portland Bicycle Tours)
Travel Portland has announced that the Banks-Vernonia Trail is a recipient of a 2011 Tourism and Hospitality Industry Award.
Travel Portland recognized the trail with a “President’s Award,” for, “creating a new opportunity for our visitors to experience the natural beauty that is so accessible from Portland.”
The trail is a 21-mile linear state park created on a former railroad line between Banks and Vernonia. As of last October, the entire length of the trail is complete and offers people the ability to roll or walk the entire route without worrying about motor vehicles.
The trail has quickly become a major destination for Portland-area bike adventurers. In a nod to its popularity, we’ve heard about one local company working on a shuttle service that would bring people and bikes right to the start of the trail (more on that later).
The award will be presented at a breakfast at the Oregon Convention Center on Tuesday, May 10th.