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Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway

Scenic Bikeway

  • Length:
    50.5 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Moderate
  • Origin:
    Hillsboro

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In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

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Route Description

Pleasing views of the Coast Range, farms, vineyards and natural areas near quaint downtowns are afforded riders on the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, while the smell of fresh-cut hay or flutter of waterfowl engages other senses. The primary natural feature is the Tualatin River and the surrounding river basin, which is dotted with wetlands and forest stands. Farm produce stands, farmers’ markets and a winery along the route offer a wonderful seasonal mix of activities, enabling riders to easily partake in the area’s agricultural bounty. The valley’s mild weather draws riders to the bikeway through most of the year; however, rain gear may be useful in winter.

With the route’s layout, cyclists have many overnight options for multi-day rides, while day trips covering sub-sections of the route are easy, too. L.L. Stub Stewart State Park is adjacent to the State Trail and offers camping, while Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Banks and Vernonia offer lodging, dining and other services. The route’s northern and southern hubs are public parks, each with parking, restrooms and drinking water. Several other parks on the route offer picnic shelters and restrooms. Transit connections are available in Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Banks.

The Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway captures the best of the northern Willamette Valley, from friendly downtowns to fertile farmlands and lush natural areas. Set in the heart of Washington County, the bikeway runs point-to-point over 50 miles and includes the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.

Mostly rural roads comprise 30 miles of the route, while the woodsy, off-road Banks-Vernonia State Trail accounts for 20 miles. Bikeway terrain ranges from plains to rolling hills, with the middle portion of the state trail featuring a climb of about 600 feet. This Scenic Bikeway is rated as a moderately challenging ride and is enjoyed by a wide range of cyclists.

More Resources

Visit Oregon’s Washington County or Travel Portland to learn more about sights and attractions in the Greater Portland area.

Find restrooms at Rood Bridge Park in Hillsboro, restrooms and water at the Fernhill Wetlands in Sherwood, and camping and restrooms at L.L. Stub Stewart State Park.

Order a free copy of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways guide.

Important Traffic Information:

Please contact the Washington County Bicycle and Pedestrian Program at 503-846-7819 for current information about road conditions.

Scenic Bikeway routes often include roads with car and truck traffic. Although the Bikeways are routed on low-traffic and low-speed roads whenever possible, most are designated for cyclists that are comfortable riding in some amount of traffic. For traffic-free riding, please check out the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway section north of Banks and the first half of the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway.

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Comments

  1. Cool- the TVSB is Portland Monthly Magazine’s “Trail of the Month” with a photo slide show: http://www.portlandmonthlymag.com/slideshows/slide-show-tualatin-valley-scenic-bikeway-august-2013#slide=1

  2. How was this 3 years in the making? Were signs put up just to get you to the Banks/Vernonia Trail? This is just road riding with cars. This is why we ride the Banks/Vernonia Trail so we do not have to worry about getting hit by a car.

  3. Busy narrow roads sounds to me like a lot of collisions and angry drivers!

  4. I’m not quite sure where the “busy narrow roads are”. Yes, they are often shoulder less. But, busy, compared to what. I ride these roads everyday and will see 30-60 cars in 25 miles of riding, and will come across an angry motorist who doesn’t like to share the road about twice a month. Enjoy the ride its a beauty. My twelve year old rode it along side me last year before the signs.

  5. Bikes hog the road and piss drivers off. I bet 99% of drivers agree. It’s the worst when there are large groups well over not just the white, but the yellow line, clueless to what is around them. PLEASE, stay on bike-only paths and save a life.

  6. I ride this road many times, not on weekends, and they are free of heavy traffic. I ride with a group and just follow the traffic laws that my many bike drivers believe it is not meant for them. Ride single file, make sure you have lights to warn motorist and wear a HELMET

  7. I have a question: Since most of the bikeway is on country roads with no bike lanes and double center lines, is it legal to cross the double lines to pass the bicycles.

  8. http://iamtraffic.org/

    Yes, some Oregonians have a lot to learn about cycling and the law. The chosen route is well thought out. I ride my bike more than I drive my car. This route really does highlight some of the best Westside PDX has to offer.

  9. I rode about 70% of the on-road portion of the route the other day, and I encountered mostly light traffic (except by the Forest Hills GC) and courteous drivers.

  10. Is there any way to make this ride a loop? If not are there any shuttles available to get back to the starting point?

  11. Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to loop this route if you use the Banks-Vernonia Trail. It’s possible to make a very long loop by riding to, say, Scappoose and then back to Portland, but we wouldn’t recommend the road between Vernonia and Scappoose. (You could explore the old Crown Zellerbach logging road between them, but it’s not paved for much of its length.) The B-V Trail is pretty much an out-and-back option.

  12. […] all of the completed Scenic Bikeway videos, including brand-new, never-before-seen videos for the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway, the Grande Tour Scenic Bikeway and the Twin Bridges Scenic […]

  13. […] Check out the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. Oregon’s first rail-to-trail is also part of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway.  This trip is easily accessible by the Max.  Take the Blue Line to Hillsboro.  Stop by the shop […]

  14. The Crown Zellerbach Road is not nearly as primitive as suggested. Indeed, there’s currently an effort being directed at building a footbridge over the Nehalem at the mill pond in Vernonia. This would provide a direct connection to the CZ Trail at Coon Creek. From there the CZ goes over the ridge on a smooth old logging road, across the new bridge at Elk Creek and then up the East Fork of the Nehalem to the summit. The downhill side into Scappoose is now completed with new bridges and culverts all the way into Scappoose, or via Cater rd into St. Helens.

    I like to drive to the summit of the Scappoose-Vernonia road and then right down the CZ in either direction – and stash the 2nd car either at Elk Creek (westbound) or outside Scappoose at the ‘last’ convenience store (eastbound).

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