Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88.5-acre urban oasis in the middle of the Potomac River. the park offers greenery and great views of the District. A visit can be noisy because of the frequent flights from Washington Reagan National Airport. Nonetheless, put on headphones and enjoy the island’s gentle hikes. Ranger-led tours shed light on the island’s wildlife, including beavers, box turtles and opossums.
The Swamp Trail, the park’s longest, is a 1.5 mile loop through swampy woods and cattail marshes. To see Teddy’s statue, follow the 1/3 mile, gravel Woods Trail through the island’s heart. The .75-mile Upland Trail, passes through the forest as it traverses the length of the island.
The park is open 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Pets on leashes are permitted but not on the ranger-led walks.
TRANSIT: Driving and biking are the only realistic options, unless you own a boat. The only unfortunate thing is that the island’s parking lot (connected to the island via a footbridge) is only accessible from the northbound lanes of the G.W. Parkway, making the lot a bit tricky to find.