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Water Access for Exploring
The calm shallow waters and slower rapids make Texas Beach one of the safest water access points within the Park for wading and swimming. The area is great for snorkeling and there is plenty to explore: fish, turtles, shells, snails and unusual river-bottom features.
Take the trail from the parking lot, cross the bridge over the train tracks, down the stairs then wander till you find a spot to your liking. Along with the newly completed wooden boardwalk over a wetland section of trail, you’ll find many isolated sandy beaches, sunbathing rocks and shady spots to enjoy.
Another destination along the trail is to cross the railroad pedestrian walkway and head west along the shoreline path (toward the Boulevard Bridge) to the site of the Foushee Mill, directly south of Maymont. It can be hard to recognize due to trees and the train tracks. The mill, built in 1819 by Dr. William Foushee, was abandoned as a mill in the 1830s, and while there is nothing overly special about the mostly granite mill, or its history, the structure, at almost 200 years old, has survived flooding, vandalism and Mother Nature!