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Rend Trail

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A popular route along the New River, passing the famous coal town of Thurmond, WV.


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3.3

Miles

5.4

KM

Point to Point

1,556' 474 m

High

1,144' 349 m

Low

427' 130 m

Up

30' 9 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

7%

Max Grade (4°)

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Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views

Family Friendly The historic town of Thurmond makes for an exciting destination with children.

Description

The Rend Trail is yet another wonderful historic route through the New River Gorge, taking visitors past one of many historic coal mining towns in the area. On this trail, expect to see visitors of all ages and abilities hiking along this broad and well graded trail. Upon reaching the trail's well marked viewpoints, gaze over the river to view the coal town of Thurmond. At its height in the 1920s, Thurmond served primarily as a rail town, passing more coal through its streets than Cincinnati, OH. As the era of coal in the New River Gorge tapered to an end, sadly so did the town. At a current population of 5 residents according to the 2010 census, Thurmond doesn't have many residents to tell its story. But just one glance at its historic buildings and rusting rail lines and its history will come alive.

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Land Manager: NPS - New River Gorge

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Hunter R

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Great for hiking, running or biking.
Jul 26, 2021 near Oak Hill, WV

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Apr 21, 2021
Keith Bockus
With Maryanne and Ed 3mi — 1h 30m
Aug 6, 2018
Alina Anchondo
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