Banks-Vernonia State Trail, Columbia County, Construction

Portion of Banks Vernonia State Trail to close for repairs

The area of the Banks Vernonia State Trail that is undergoing repairs. Photo: OPRD

COLUMBIA COUNTY - A 2 ½ mile stretch of the Banks Vernonia State Trail is closed for repairs beginning Monday, July 20 between the Beaver Creek Trailhead and McDonald Road. 

According to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the portion of the trail is in “rough shape” and will require repairs to the shoulder of the trail that are scheduled to end September 30. 

According to Chris Havel, a spokesperson for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the area was damaged by flooding several years ago, with erosion undermining the bank in the area.

The bank will be restored, and then rocks and plants added to resist future erosion; 75% of the funding for the estimated $200,000 cost of the project comes from FEMA . . .

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