Seventeen Miles in the heart of Oregon Wine Country

Yamhelas Westsider Trail Map

The Yamhelas Westsider Trail, 17 miles in the Heart of Oregon Wine Country

Banks-Vernonia Trail

The Friends of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail is a non-profit organization that advocated for the development and operation of multi-use trails that support the health, safety, and connectivity of our community.

The Yamhelas Westsider Trail will convert the historic Westsider rail line near Highway 47 in Yamhill and Washington Counties into a 17-mile multi-use transportation corridor, connecting the communities of Carlton, Yamhill, Cove Orchard and Gaston. It will provide a link to current and future trails and scenic byways leading to Forest Grove, Henry Hagg Lake and beyond. The railway grade is gradual and will provide recreational opportunities for walkers, hikers, runners, bicyclist, and horseback riders. This corridor will also serve as an important safe transportation route for students of the Yamhill Carlton School District. Access is readily available from the county roads it crosses and nearby Highway 47. The route has magnificent vistas of the Coastal Range and passes many Century Farms. The cities of Carlton, Yamhill and Gaston, situated along the trail, will provide opportunities for shopping, dining and wine tasting.

Yamhelas, comes from the name of the Native Americans who lived in this area. Westsider, was the nickname of the rail line when it was constructed in the 1870's along the west side of the Willamette Valley. Yamhelas Westsider Trail, was chosen to reflect the heritage and embody the new use for this historic corridor.

The Friends of the Yamhelas Westsider Trail appreciate your support to make this dream a reality.

Let's Make It Happen

 

 

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