Northern Virginia Sights

Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Published 10/28/2015

Fodor's 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.

Sight Information


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, Virginia, 22211, United States


703-289–2500-for park information

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Island daily 6–10

Published 10/28/2015


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