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Settled in 1874 by the Parker, Cherrington, and Var Blaricom families, the head of Cherrington family suggested naming the settlement after his daughter, Vernona who he had left behind in Ohio. The U.S. Postal Service somehow made an error and inserted an “i” into the name: Vernonia. The families were drawn to Oregon by the promises of riches and bountiful farming lands.
Though Vernonia is a quiet farming and logging town, it has had its 15-minutes worth of fame over the years. Various parts of the town were used in a handful of movies, including the blockbuster Twilight series, Tillamook Treasure, and the classic Ring of Fire. The town holds an annual event, the Friendship Jamboree, which has run since 1957. The event, usually held in August, regularly draws thousands of people from the neighboring towns around the state. The closest large town is St. Helens 30 miles east. The fun, eclectic town of Portland is about 45 miles southeast.
A common reason to book an RV in Vernonia, OR, is for its close access to several wilderness areas, such as the Clatsop State Forest and its more famous cousin, Tillamook State Forest. Vernonia has its own pockets of wilderness, too. The Banks-Vernonia Trail, laid over an old railroad track, runs for 23 miles from Banks to Vernonia. The dense fir woods form a canopy over the trail and times, it can feel like an underground tunnel. The trail carves its way through deep woods, open meadows, and over old-timey trestle bridges. It passes by several trailheads for several parks, as well.
The trail doesn’t quite reach the vast Tillamook State Forest, and a Vernonia RV rental will become necessary. Encompassing over 364,000 acres, there’s plenty of opportunities to find an adventure of a lifetime. Roam the mountainside in hunt of the perfect waterfall, search for majestic elks, and witness the salmon and steelhead spawning. Hikers, photographers, and adventurers don’t let the six months of nonstop winter rain them from exploring this park. After all, the rewards outweigh a little discomfort. Five main rivers and dozens of streams and brooks yield the most potential for world-class fishing and water recreational fun like whitewater rapids rafting and kayaking. Nehalem Falls is a local favorite for watching salmon make their way up the tiered fall, which seems like an impossible task at first. There are several state-run campgrounds around the perimeter of the state forest, and many of them have hookups for your Vernonia travel trailer rental.
Most of the roads in this part of the state are quite narrow and lack any place to safely pull over at nighttime. When you make arrangements to rent an RV, be sure to figure out where you can sleep overnight. Fortunately, there are several private and public campgrounds in the area.
LL Stub Stewart Park near Buxton has two small RV campgrounds with hookups and hot showers. There is a short hiking trail that leads up to a scenic vista. Unlike many campgrounds in the area, this one is open year-round.
On the outskirts of Tillamook State Forest, Gales Creek Campground may be a good option for adventurers. A hand pump must be used to get access to drinking water, which is fresh and cold. The locals claim it’s some of the best water in the area. It’s within walking distance of a trailhead.
Because Vernonia is rural, it’s easy to think that there’s nothing to do in the town. Anything but! Walk into the pioneer past at the Vernonia Pioneer Museum. The museum has on display photographs and folk art dating back to the late 1900s, including photographs of the original families who founded Vernonia. There are also clothes, tools, and other artifacts in the exhibitions. Check online for the hours.
Oregon is well known for its rich soil and mild climate, and grapes thrive in this state. Hundreds of vineyards and wineries dot the countryside, and a luxury motorhome rental from Vernonia makes searching for the perfect wine painless. The David Hill Winery in Forest Grove has produced several award-winning vintages. Its Pinot Noir is highly regarded, consistently winning coveted medals at international competitions around the world. The tasting room, set inside an 1883 farmhouse, looks out on rolling hills covered by neat rows of grape vines.
The Museum of Rock and Ice at Rice-Northwest merits a stop. The gallery has on display over 4,000 different gems and minerals, including the rare “Alma Rose” rhodochrosite, South American emeralds, rubies, sapphires, and more. A wide array of meteorites, fossils, and petrified wood line the shelves of the other galleries. Past the rock garden on the museum grounds in Hillsboro is a huge pile of rocks in which rockhounds might discover a treasure.
Before you head off to your campsite, stop at Keturah Coffee Roaster in Vernonia for some fresh-roasted grounds. There’s nothing like brewing just-roasted aromatic coffee to wake you up on a misty morning while you enjoy the view from your Vernonia camper rental.