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Northern Virginia Sights

Theodore Roosevelt Island

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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

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, Virginia, 22211, United States

Phone:

703-289–2500-for park information

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Island daily 6–10

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