Best Bike Rides in Oregon’s Tualatin Valley
Fall is Cycling Season in Tualatin Valley
Some may say cycling season is all year ‘round, but the changing of the leaves, cool crispness of the air, and light misty rain makes the early-autumn months an unbeatable time to set out and explore Oregon’s Tualatin Valley.
We know there are hundreds of miles to ride throughout Oregon, but Tualatin Valley is the premier cycling destination…but we’re a little biased. Here are the best rides, hands down, in Tualatin Valley.
Need a bike? Rentals are available at Banks Bicycle Repair & Rental, which is conveniently located at the Banks trailhead of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail and has everything you need for a fun, safe ride on the trail including bike and helmet rentals and full service bike repair.
Banks-Vernonia State Trail
The 21-mile (one way) Banks-Vernonia State Trail is a car-free pathway leading from the city of Banks to the city of Vernonia. Open to cyclists, horseback riders, joggers and walkers, this family-friendly trail gets high marks for its beauty, as well as for its accessibility. Oregon’s first rails-to-trails project, which was finally completed in 2010, follows an abandoned railway through a prairie and forests, over trestles and into the Oregon Coast Range.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway
The 50-mile Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway is a meandering ride through the valley, leading cyclists to the forests of the Banks-Vernonia State Trail. The first 30 miles of the bikeway is a road-ride through agricultural splendor. Ride by wineries, vineyards, farms and natural areas, while soaking in the serenity of the open road. This part of the bikeway is best for intermediate to advanced riders. The final 21 miles of the bikeway incorporates the Banks-Vernonia State Trail.
Henry Hagg Lake & Scoggins Valley Park
The cycling loop around Henry Hagg Lake is perhaps the most well known in this part of Oregon. This loop, approximately 10 miles, takes riders along lake on a paved road or the single-track trail that circles the lake. ($5 day use fee)
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Other cycling trails in Tualatin Valley:
Tualatin River Greenway Trail
Fanno Creek Trail
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