If you have ever been to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. then you have probably gazed at the lush forest on the Virginia side of the river. But this, my friends, is Theodore Roosevelt Island named after our 26th President and contains a memorial to the man responsible for preserving our National Parks.
You can only get to the footbridge from the George Washington Memorial Parkway on the Virginia side of the Potomac River. Here’s the insider tip, you are allowed to walk dogs as long as they are leashed, and it is a free park that closes at sundown.
There wasn’t a map on the official web site but here is a photo of their map.
It took less than an hour to complete the swamp trail and see the memorial. Overall, this is an easy walk on a nice sand/gravel trail that is well maintained… there is a boardwalk over the swamp that is level. Easy for kids or anyone pushing a stroller.
Looking back across the water you can see the spires of Georgetown University and the Francis Scott Key Bridge.
There is an 8 foot wide bridge to the island which is substantial. The bridge is wheel chair accessible, and can handle bikes too.
There is wild life for everyone to see. We even saw deer on the island as we walked on the trail.
Still, the history behind Theodore Roosevelt is not lost on those who tour the memorial circle to see the fountains, canal which may signify his success completing the Panama Canal, and the granite monoliths of famous quotes that capture his enthusiasm for nature and the human spirit.