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Contact: Robin Snyder, 304-640-0724
Glen Jean, West Virginia, October 28, 2013–The National Park Service is pleased to announce the reopening of the Rend Trail, previously known as the Thurmond-Minden Trail. Portions of the trail were closed in early June for project crews to repair a blowout in the 32 foot high historic dry stacked stone retaining wall. New River Gorge National River received cyclic maintenance project funds to complete this project and ensure visitor safety for those recreating on the trail.
The retaining wall developed a 20 foot by16 foot hole that compromised the integrity of the trail, potentially causing severe damage and possible total failure of the trail tread surface. Day labor crews in the park completed the necessary repairs including removing all vegetation and soil to over 20 feet deep below the original trail tread. The rebuilding of the trail section involved adding and compacting layers of dirt and stone, while also rebuilding the stone outer wall. Crews installed new culverts and drainage pipes, opened up new ditches, and will be reseeding sections and adding gravel soon as weather permits.
This trail is a popular access for hikers, runners, and bikers in the park. Check out the park's trail newspaper at https://www.nps.gov/neri/
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