North Bank Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"This hike travels the North Bank Trail along the James River. Here, you can view river rapids and head to a popular sunning and swimming spot—if the river is low enough. Even if the water is up, hike this track through lush woods and beside massive boulders before reaching an outflow of the Kanawha Canal.
The North Bank Trail is a strand of the greater James River Park trail network. So named because it travels the north bank of the James through downtown Richmond, the path runs from the Robert E. Lee Bridge near Belle Isle to the Boulevard Bridge. It is often used by mountain bikers, but the segment where this hike takes place leads to a popular swimming and sunning place known as Texas Beach. Texas Beach got its name from the Texas Avenue access, from which this hike begins. Exploring this area is dependent on water levels in the James River, as a trail runs along the main shore but connects to other paths running along islands that border the mainland."