Columbia Island

Arlington, Virginia

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Beginning at Theodore Roosevelt Island, this hike is a modified loop to maximize views and stops at points of interest along Columbia Island. Hidden in plain sight, the island lies on the Potomac River across from the Lincoln Memorial. Often mistaken for part of Virginia, it offers sweeping views of some of Washington’s most iconic landmarks. This hike is a 4.5-mile counterclockwise loop that follows much of the perimeter of the mostly flat island. It crosses heavily traveled and high-speed roadways, so be vigilant. Starting from the parking-lot trailhead at Theodore Roosevelt Island, march to the lot’s south end, and proceed on the mostly paved Mount Vernon Trail.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Washington, DC

by Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper (Menasha Ridge Press)

Beginning at Theodore Roosevelt Island, this hike is a modified loop to maximize views and stops at points of interest along Columbia Island. Hidden in plain sight, the island lies on the Potomac River across from the Lincoln Memorial. Often mistaken for part of Virginia, it offers sweeping views of some of Washington’s most iconic landmarks.

This hike is a 4.5-mile counterclockwise loop that follows much of the perimeter of the mostly flat island. It crosses heavily traveled and high-speed roadways, so be vigilant. Starting from the parking-lot trailhead at Theodore Roosevelt Island, march to the lot’s south end, and proceed on the mostly paved Mount Vernon Trail.

© 2017 Renee Sklarew and Rachel Cooper /Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Arlington
Distance: 4.5 miles
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: George Washington Memorial Parkway, 703-289-2500 or nps.gov/gwmp
Local Maps: USGS Washington West
Restrictions: Mount Vernon Trail closes at dark
Attractions: Waterside parklands, cross- Potomac views of mainland Washington
Driving Directions: Directions to Columbia Island

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