“A popular route along the New River, passing by the famous coal town of Thurmond, WV.
— Hunter R
The historic town of Thurmond makes for an exciting destination with children.
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 using this broad and well graded trail. Upon reaching the trails 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 five 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.