Cross the Potomac by footbridge to this lush, wooded island. Reforested hills, swamplands, and miles of trail make this the perfect escape from the city crowds or summer heat. America's 26th Read more...
Cross the Potomac by footbridge to this lush, wooded island. Reforested hills, swamplands, and miles of trail make this the perfect escape from the city crowds or summer heat. America's 26th president was famous for his conservation efforts, and this 90-acre park, complete with memorial statue and fountain, is a wooded tribute to Teddy's legacy.
Two miles of trails take you across varied terrain. Hike through lush forest, cross the swamplands by the boardwalk, or go for a jog down the gravel path. The island is alive with wildflowers, vibrant bird life, and unique bedrock geology. The island is open year-round. Come back again and again for the spring blooms, the summer wildflowers, and the fall colors. For a different perspective, admire the shores of the island by kayak or canoe. Rent a boat in Georgetown and paddle across the river, or BYOB (Bring Your Own Boat) and launch it below the waters of the footbridge.
Known as “Anacostine” by the Nacotchtank Indians that inhabited the area in the 1600s, this island has a long and storied history. Take a break from the trails to learn about the indigenous inhabitants. Formerly enslaved “Contraband” soldiers also trained on this land during the Civil War. For a lesson in both natural and American history, follow a Ranger on a guided tour of the island.
Although the footbridge from Virginia is the most scenic way to access Theodore Roosevelt Island, it's also accessible by bike and car, and even by D.C. metro if you're willing to do some walking.