Gay Beach/Swimming Holes

Texas Beach ~ Northbank Park

Richmond, VA
United States
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If you make your way to river level from the entrance of the park, you'll reach a secluded and little known sandbar sometimes called Texas Beach (because access is from Texas Avenue). Beyond the sandbar is an area of rocks where men often sunbathe in the nude. This is a popular summertime hangout that is visited mainly by gay men. From the intersection of South Meadow Street and West Main Street in downtown Richmond, about 1.5 miles west of the state capitol go south on Meadow, toward the James River, for 1.3 miles to its end, then turn left [east] onto Kansas Avenue and go 4 blocks. Turn right [south] onto Texas Avenue, which will almost immediately end at the entrance to Northbank Park. Find parking and follow the park walkway across a pedestrian bridge over railroad tracks and then down about 70 steps. Once a river level, go upstream [right] a few hundred feet to a sanbar and continue to the rocks beyond.

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