Roosevelt Island Loop
ElevationAscent: 36' 11 m
Descent: -36' -11 m
High: 29' 9 m
Low: 3' 1 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 9% (5°)
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“A quick tour of Roosevelt's little island in the middle of the Potomac River.”— Brian Smith
Regardless of how you got yourself to the trailhead, cross the pedestrian bridge and hang a right onto Swamp Trail. Going straight would lead you to Teddy's statue, but I like to save that until the end. The trail is flat and easygoing with occasional views of the river and the swamp in the middle of the island... hence the name! Pop out to the observation deck and keep your eyes peeled for heron stalking minnows in the shallows.
On the northeast corner of the island, you can make your way out to the river bank and get a great view of Georgetown and the Kennedy Center. At about a mile and a quarter, hang a left onto Woods Trail and follow it to the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial. After spending some time checking that out, either head back across the bridge or continue to explore the other portions of trail on the island.
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Land Manager: NPS - Theodore Roosevelt Island