Theodore Roosevelt Island Outer Loop

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Theodore Roosevelt Island Outer Loop is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

1.6 miles
29 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

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Wooded trail and boardwalk over swamp, tribute to our 26th President. The Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Association purchased this 88.5-acre island in 1932 and dedicated it to the public in memory of Roosevelt. Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr., a leading landscape architect, worked with the Civilian Conservation Corps to bring a neglected island into a mature woodland sanctuary. Architect Eric Gugler designed the memorial and Sculptor Paul Manship created the central statue. The dedication ceremony took place in October 1967. The island has a diverse history. Evidence shows that Native Americans used the island as a seasonal fishing village. The site was named "My Lord's Island," when King Charles granted it to Lord Baltimore. Today, the National Park Service protects the island, while providing for public enjoyment. While you are here, savor the sounds of the outdoors as you travel through marsh, swamp, and forest.

1 month ago

Great! Even in the snow!

3 months ago

Amazing, peaceful, diverse

trail running
5 months ago

trail running
6 months ago

Nice running trail from Rosslyn

6 months ago

Nice park

7 months ago

Nice and flat trail walk. I took my dog. The marsh is pretty

trail running
7 months ago

Beautiful Island and memorial

9 months ago

Nice walking trail. very easy hike with lots of greenery and a couple of chances to get some good views of Georgetown and DC. A quieter area (when DCA airport doesn't have arrivals coming in over the island) in the midst of Arlington and DC.

11 months ago

Great walk! Can easily park near Rosalyn. Bathrooms and water fountain on the trail. Boardwalk, nice trail off shoots and gravel that is well manicured. No camping on the island and no bicycles. Overall, Great Walk! Will definitely go again.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Great little escape from the city on the outskirts of Georgetown and Rosslyn. If you're looking for a quick loop, this is a local go-to. Great for beginners or family hikes!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Really nice walk in DC.

trail running
Sunday, February 19, 2017

Good for kids and adults, river view. Limited parking.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Pretty island and good place to escape the city. Expect to see people the whole time.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I agree that it is busy, but still very nice.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I would give it more stars if not for the crowd. If it is busy in January, I hate to think about busier months.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Worth a walk through. Linked to other Potomac trails.

Thursday, October 20, 2016


Monday, October 10, 2016

Nice trail- muddy when wet- gets crowded- good for a dog off leash when it's not crowded

Monday, August 29, 2016

Every Saturday at 0900 there is a free 5k run on the island sponsored by Parkrun. See their webpage for more details on how to sign up.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Just OK.

trail running
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Main trail was great. Some obstacles with terrain. Smaller trails were pretty overgrown and rocky. Not really suitable for running. Good for running or hiking.

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Super pretty. Great maintenance. Awesome trails. But it is packed with people.

Friday, October 16, 2015

An easy trail for a mild afternoon dog walking session or a light jog. Some cool side trails that go down to the water, too

Friday, September 11, 2015

It's a beautiful piece of land that I've been to many times before. Pretty easy and not crowded if you go on off days. Nice to enjoy and kayak watch while hanging out on a down tree or big rock right on the water.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Great island with a lot of history (Mason Mansion remains, etc.) and wildlife. This is my after work hike and can be completed pretty quickly. Parking can be a pain at times depending on what time of the day you arrive. Great hike for families and dogs.

Friday, August 07, 2015

Easy trail with a monument in the center of the island. Great way to get to the outdoors without leaving the city.

Monday, July 20, 2015

The center of the island near the monuments is a nice place to take a picnic. The trail around the island gives you a different view of the city. It's lovely, just not what I'd call hiking.

paddle sports
Friday, July 17, 2015


Friday, January 02, 2015

actually did this trail last summer. great getaway in DC - great place to run.

Saturday, October 04, 2014

I found it really surprising that since it had been many years since visiting the island, that I always thought it was so complicated to get to the center where Roosevelt's statue is. After crossing the bridge, going relatively straight thru the wooded trail directly across from the bridge will lead you to it. What was so hard about that? lol

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