Theodore Roosevelt Island (Washington, DC)

The first glimpse of the footbridge and the island

The first glimpse of the footbridge and the island

President Roosevelt and a few admirers

President Roosevelt and a few admirers

Theodore Roosevelt Island is an 88.5 acre island located in the Potomac River and is part of Washington, DC.  In the 1930s, it was converted into a memorial to America’s 26th president, and today it’s a part of our national park system.

Looking upstream while crossing the footbridge

Looking upstream while crossing the footbridge

A footbridge leads from the parking area to the island, and once there, a trip around the outer perimeter plus a quick walk to the statue of President Roosevelt yields a hike of a bit over three miles. The animals seen on the island include squirrels, raccoon, and opossums, but the greatest diversity is in the number of birds and wildflowers  available for viewing.  On our journey, we did see a very interesting bird that we couldn’t identify, but the NPS offers an online checklist of the birds that have been spotted there, so it’s a matter of time until we figure it out…maybe.

Under the Roosevelt Bridge looking into Virginia

Under the Roosevelt Bridge looking into Virginia

Graffiti under the bridge

Graffiti under the bridge

Another diverse group on the island is the people who hike there.  We saw everything from a mom and her three year-old to a ranger-lead tour group.  The one thing everybody had in common is that they seemed to be having a good time.

Poison ivy!

Poison ivy!

On a personal note, I’m generally not a fan of urban hiking, but trekking across the boardwalk a few feet away from ducks, geese, and plants that are strange to me is always a good thing–even with numerous tall buildings dominating the skyline.

Taking the boardwalk through the swamp

Taking the boardwalk through the swamp

I’ve both heard and read about Theodore Roosevelt Island for a number of years, and finally getting there was a worthwhile experience.  Walking on crowded trails is something I try to avoid, but afterwards I seem to reflect fondly upon most of them.  If you’re ever in the neighborhood, the island is a great place to visit!

Looking toward Washington, DC

Looking toward Washington, DC

DC, ducks, the Potomac, etc.

DC, ducks, the Potomac, etc.

 

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Debbie on April 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    What a great little piece of paradise. It’s so hard to believe it’s that close to the hustle and bustle of the city!

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    • Posted by LevelWalker on April 28, 2016 at 7:10 pm

      It’s a surprisingly nice place. I’m generally an urban hike hater, but it was pretty cool.

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