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
29 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.

walking
1 month ago

Amazing, peaceful, diverse

trail running
3 months ago

trail running
4 months ago

Nice running trail from Rosslyn

hiking
4 months ago

Nice park

hiking
5 months ago

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

trail running
5 months ago

Beautiful Island and memorial

hiking
7 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.

walking
9 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.

10 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!

10 months ago

Really nice walk in DC.

trail running
10 months ago

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

walking
11 months ago

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

hiking
Monday, January 16, 2017

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

hiking
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

beautiful!

Monday, October 10, 2016

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

walking
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.

walking
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.

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