THURMOND - A popular access for hikers, runners, and bikers will be closed during the summer months so that the National Park Service can make necessary repairs.
Scheduled to start June 3, project crews will fix a blowout in the 32 feet high historic dry stacked retaining wall, which developed a 17 by 16 foot hole that would cause severe damage and possibly fail the trail tread surface if it goes unfixed. The Park Service received money through the Cyclic Maintenance Program to repair the damage, and the project must be finished by September.
The closures will be as follows:
- The Rend Trail will stay open from the parking lot in Minden for 1.5 miles. It will be closed at the start of the third trestle for 800 feet June 3 and is scheduled to reopen on September 28.
- The Rend Trail will stay open from the parking lot in Thurmond to the Arbuckle Connector Trail 1.88 miles from the gate at the parking lot in Thurmond during trail repairs.
During this time, visitors can gain access to the Arbuckle Connector from the Thurmond side of the trail, it connects the Rend Trail to the Southside Junction Trail.