Explore the most popular trails in Theodore Roosevelt Island Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Theodore Roosevelt Island is a 88.5-acre (358,000 m2) island and a national memorial located in the Potomac River in Washington, D.C.The island was given to the American people by the Theodore Roosevelt Association in memory of the 26th U.S. president, Theodore Roosevelt. The island is maintained by the National Park Service as part of the nearby George Washington Memorial Parkway.[2] The land is generally maintained as a natural park, with various trails and a memorial plaza featuring a statue of Roosevelt. No cars or bicycles are permitted on the island, which is reached by a footbridge from Arlington, Virginia, on the western bank of the Potomac. A small island named "Little Island" lies just off the southern tip; Georgetown and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts are across the main channel of the Potomac to the north and east.

Great trail to run a loop in

Forgot to start for ParkRun

hiking
off trail
1 month ago

nice trail with water views. too many joggers and airplane traffic

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

This is the first time I’ve been to RI able to walk the entire circumference. Usually the western side is washed out. Very quick walk around the perimeter, maybe 25ish minutes. If you don’t look for it, you can easily miss the statue of Teddy himself in the center of the island. Bathrooms on the eastern shore.

hiking
over grown
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite underrated places to relax and explore - there are trails winding around the centerpiece of the island (a small plaza and statue dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt) but its small size allows for enjoyable little treks off trail into the “wilderness” without any fear of getting lost. One side affords a close up view of the Watergate and DC waterfront, and the Key Bridge is also a nice sight to enjoy. There are no fences stopping you from going right up and wading into the Potomac (as I recall) if you somehow want to. There’s a parking lot on the Arlington side of the island where the one bridge entrance is which makes this super convenient, although it’s also very accessible by Metro (I took the Orange Line to Rosslyn and walked - and given how many times I was nearly run over it’s also a popular place to cycle to, I suppose). The only major downside is that park facilities are closed in the off-season - and that includes any bathrooms. The off-season is of course nicer due to the fewer people and there’s a certain sparse beauty in the rows of stick thin trees that haven’t yet come back to life for the spring.

I take my dog here for a nice walk all the time. I live in the city so it’s a nice little trail to walk on the weekend. Easy walk and cool views looking back into DC from the island.

Ran inner & outer loops. Partial dirt and wooden trails, good on the knees.

road biking
off trail
3 months ago

ParkRun 5K this morning

Sat morning free Park Run. Come and join us

ParkRun 5K. Big group running this weekend

Haven’t been out here in over ten years, still an awesome spot to enjoy the outdoors. Plenty of history, wildlife and trees. I saw lots of paw paw trees some fruiting should be ready to pick around October. While I was out there a thunderstorm swept through the area and turned most of the trail into streams, I had an umbrella and still had a great time.

Easy and fun trail anyone can do. Because of this its rare you have it to yourself. Nice boardwalk section and a cool monument to see. Great for dogs, LOTS of bugs in the wetland areas.

Short but fun trail to walk around and work in your running if you need a bit of challenge on rougher terrain.

hiking
muddy
off trail
6 months ago

Gorgeous yellow orchids in the marsh this time of year. Got 3 miles or enjoyable walking in.

walking
muddy
off trail
7 months ago

I took several side trails by accident because the main trail isn't marked so well. Overall, a nice trail, but wear shoes that are okay to get muddy.

Great trail to bring your dog and kids to get outside on the weekend or weekday. Very short and easy trail but nice.. wish they would clean the fountains by the Teddy Roosevelt monument..

Nice trail but some areas were saturated by rain the night before and muddy. If you’ll be hiking in wet conditions you can stick to the trails with pebbles or wear shoes you’re ok to get muddy.

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