Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

Arlington, Virginia 22209

Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial

Theodore Roosevelt Island National Memorial Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The close-in Potomac River Island is a self-contained parkland with impressive views of Georgetown and Rosslyn. It features the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial and nature preserve, along with a picturesque boardwalk through wetlands and other trails.

Metro-area hikers owe Theodore Roosevelt a grateful nod. During Roosevelt’s 1901–09 presidency, the country got a forest service and wildlife-refuge system, and the metro area had a hiker in the White House. This 2.8-mile, hill-less hike, managed by the National Park Service, loops through the scenic parklands that surround the memorial. Trail signs are few, but the area is so small, you can’t get lost for long."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Washington, D.C. (Falcon Guides)
Louise S. Baxter
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"Any talk about hiking around the Washington, D.C. area has to start at Theodore Roosevelt Island. The entire island is a memorial to the twenty-sixth president, an avid conservationist and the founder of the national park system. This natural island in the Potomac is directly across from Georgetown and the Washington Harbour and, although it can only be accessed from Virginia, it is part of the District of Columbia. A footbridge connects the parking lot to the island, affording nice views of the spires of Georgetown University and the towers of the National Cathedral off to the left." Read more
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near Washington, D.C. (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Stephen Mauro and Beth Homicz
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"Theodore Roosevelt Island offers a secluded, woodsy landmass to explore between the skyscrapers of Arlington and the National Mall in Washington, D.C." Read more
Best Hikes with Kids: Washington, DC, the Beltway & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books)
Jennifer Chambers
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"Theodore Roosevelt Island sits in the middle of the Potomac River between Georgetown and Rosslyn, Virginia. The last island in the river as it flows toward the Chesapeake Bay, it straddles the end of the Piedmont Plateau and the beginning of the Atlantic Coastal Plain." Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
2.8 miles
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5-2 hours
Additional Use
George Washington Memorial Park- way Headquarters, 703-289-2500,
Local Contacts
USGS Washington West; ADC Metro Washington and Northern Virginia; sketch map in free brochure and on bulletin board
Local Maps
River and canal views, street scenes, parklands, woodlands

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Dec 2018