Theodore Roosevelt Island Outer Loop

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Theodore Roosevelt Island Park

Theodore Roosevelt Island Outer Loop is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Washington, District of Columbia that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, nature trips, and bird watching 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: 42 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

bird watching

running

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
5 days ago

Does anyone know if I can swim or fish here?

Very nice walk through a wonderful scenery.

Some of the best views of DC from the outside loop. I recommend going in the evening so you can catch the sunset views from the island.

hiking
2 months ago

I didn't realize what it was until it opened up like the Wizard of Oz with boardwalks and fountains. Very cute area, easy hike.

Good stop for a short run if biking/running/hiking Mount Vernon or W&OD along the Potomac.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Busy but fun little easy trail- fun views of the Kennedy Center!

hiking
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

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muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Cute trail - be careful if you have a dog that’s not good with other dogs (like mine!) as the raised path through wetlands goes for quite a while and is only @ 5’ wide - pretty though!

hiking
flooded
4 months ago

hiking
flooded
4 months ago

walking
muddy
4 months ago

high traffic no matter the weather. trails are very scenic though and well worth going. you can see Georgetown on the horizon, and the river is omnipresent. the bridge-path over the swamp gives a little at points when walking on it, and it's not too wide when you pass a group of more than 2 (and probably a dog; there are many).

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Great dog friendly place! Can be a little muddy on some of the trail after the rain we’ve had but overall the trail is in great shape! The boardwalk area over the marshlands can be narrow during peak times. Little parking so be patient until someone leaves! My dog loved this hike and I’d definitely do it again

hiking
6 months ago

Great trail to run a loop in

Good trail

Forgot to start for ParkRun

hiking
off trail
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
off trail
over grown
7 months 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.

ParkRun 5K

hiking
over grown
7 months ago

Good run

hiking
8 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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

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