10/29/2013 4:16 PM
by Karen Franklin
THURMOND - A popular hiking and biking trail that connects Minden and Thurmond is reopened after significant damage to its foundation.
All three miles of the Rend Trail in the New River Gorge National River have reopened after months of labor to repair a retaining wall.
It took workers four months to dig the trail out and re-stack dirt and stone. The trail was closed back in June when drainage complications and uprooted trees caused a 16 by 20 foot hole in the wall.
The Park Service hopes additional ditches and culverts will prevent future damage in the case of heavy rain or storms.
"It is a beautiful trail, and you can see a lot of natural resources -- all the trees and plants in the gorge," said Robin Snyder. "But you also get to experience some of the historic resources, and you have beautiful views of the town of Thurmond, the historic railroad town. So I encourage folks to get out and enjoy it."