Northern Virginia Sights


Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt Island Review

The island wilderness preserve in the Potomac River has 2½ mi of nature trails through marsh, swampland, and upland forest. It's an 88-acre tribute to the conservation-minded 26th president. Cattails, arrowarum, pickerelweed, willow, ash, maple, and oak grow on the island, which is also a habitat for frogs, raccoons, birds, lizards, and the occasional red or gray fox. The 17-foot bronze statue of Roosevelt, toward the center of the woods, was done by Paul Manship. A pedestrian bridge connects the island to a parking lot on the Virginia shore, which is accessible by car only from the northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway.

    Contact Information

  • Address: From downtown DC, take Constitution Ave. west across Theodore Roosevelt Bridge to George Washington Memorial Pkwy. north; follow signs or walk or bike across bridge beginning at Kennedy Center, Arlington, VA, 22211
  • Phone: 703/289–2500
  • Cost: Free
  • Hours: Island daily 6–10
  • Subway: Rosslyn
  • Location: Arlington

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