From Staff Reports
NEW RIVER GORGE —
National Park Service repairs to the Rend Trail, previously known as the Thurmond-Minden Trail, will be ongoing June 3 through Sept. 28, necessitating closures.
Project crews must repair a blowout in the 32-feet-high historic dry stacked stone retaining wall where a 17 feet by 16 feet hole could cause severe damage and possible total failure of the trail tread surface.
Maintenance staff sought funding through the National Park Service’s cyclic maintenance program to repair. The park received this funding in 2013, so repairs must be completed by September of this year. Day labor crews in the park will complete the necessary repairs.
The Rend Trail will remain open from the Rend Trail parking lot in Minden for 1.5 miles. It will be closed at the start of the third trestle for 800 feet beginning June 3 and scheduled to reopen on Sept. 28.
The Rend Trail will remain open from the Rend Trail parking lot in Thurmond to the Arbuckle Connector Trail 1.88 miles from the gate at the parking lot in Thurmond during the trail repairs. During this time, visitors can access the Arbuckle Connector from the Thurmond side of the Rend Trail.
This connects the Rend Trail to the Southside Junction Trail.