3 miles
410 ft
-9 ft
1,557 ft
High Point

Rend Trail Details

  • Riding area
    New River Gorge Trails
    Fayetteville, West Virginia
  • AKA
    Thurmond-Minden Trail
  • Difficulty rating
  • Trail type
  • Bike type
    AM, XC, Fat, Adaptive MTB
  • Trail Usage
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
  • Physical rating
  • Family Friendly
  • TTFs on trail
  • Global Ranking
  • Land Manager

An easy grade and wide, smooth trail make the Rend Trail one of the most popular trails in the park. It is great for hikers of all ages and levels of fitness, and a great start for beginning mountain bikers. Hiking the entire trail involves a 6.4 mile round-trip journey, though many will choose a shorter 2.5 mile round-trip to the main overlook and back. Along the way, there are good views of Dunloup Creek, the New River, and the historic community of Thurmond.

This trail was originally constructed in 1906, as a railroad line to haul coal from the mines in Minden to the main line tracks in Thurmond. The rail line was abandoned in 1972, and now it is hikers and bikers that follow this historic route. There are five railroad trestles that are crossed along this trail.

From the Main Overlook, visitors are presented with a great view of the New River. Trains can be seen travelling the gorge, still carrying coal, though the coal is no longer mined within the gorge. In the summer months it is common to see fleets of whitewater rafts floating by on the river.

Access Info

Due to structural damage, portions of the Rend Trail are closed.

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Rend Trail mountain bike trail
  • Altitude change
    401 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,146 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,156 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,557 ft
  • Grade
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    3 miles
  • Distance down
    1,243 ft
  • Distance flat
    1,130 ft
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Trail Conditions
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  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
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  • Variable
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  • Very Dry
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