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Swamp Trail (Theodore Roosevelt National Island)

Located just south of Georgetown and west of GW, Theodore Roosevelt National Island offers an excellent opportunity for city folk to enjoy the great outdoors. The Swamp Trail is a gentle trail that takes you around the perimeter of the island and offers some nice views of the Potomac. Make sure you stop in the Memorial Plaza to see the large statue of Teddy and check out the fountains. The Plaza is also a great place to stop and have a picnic.
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The large statue of Teddy and the surrounding fountains offer several great photo ops.
Theodore Roosevelt National Island
George Washington Parkway
Washington, DC
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Additional Directions: 
See link to website below.
What to Bring: 
There are water fountains on the island, but I would still bring water in case they are not functioning.
Food Options: 
No food is served on the island.
Additional Information: 

The parking lot can fill up quickly on the weekends when the weather is good, so get there early (~9AM) if you are driving. Also, no biking on the island is allowed. Pets are allowed but must be kept on a leash.

If you want to extend your hike you can pick up the Mount Vernon Trail near the entrance to the island. The Mount Vernon Trail consists of 18 miles of multi-use trail from Roosevelt Island to Mount Vernon. Check out this brochure for more information.

Environmental conditions in cities, parks, etc. can change rapidly and without our knowledge. We do not make any claims as to the accuracy of information presented on this page. Further, hiking can be a dangerous activity that may result in bodily harm and possibly death. We hope the information that we provide will help you prepare for your hike, but do not imply that the information provided is complete. It is your responsibility to prepare yourself for whatever challenges you may face. If you decide to use any of the information on this page, you do so at your own risk.
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt Island
Theodore Roosevelt Island


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