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.

DISTANCE
1.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
55 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

beach

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

scramble

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.

hiking
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hiking
16 days ago

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

trail running
23 days ago

Beautiful Island and memorial

hiking
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trail running
2 months ago

hiking
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walking
2 months ago

hiking
2 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.

trail running
3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

walking
4 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.

5 months ago

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!

5 months ago

Really nice walk in DC.

walking
5 months ago