Thing to Do

Discover Theodore Roosevelt Island

Theodore Roosevelt statue

1-3 Hours

Popular activities include wildlife viewing, canoeing, kayaking, and running or walking through a variety of trailsRanger-led programs are another great way to get the inside story on Theodore Roosevelt Island, whether you are a local who visits every day or a tourist in town for a few hours. Check the calendar to find out when and where to meet for programs.

You may bring your pet with you to the park. With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted on ranger-led programs. Pets must be restrained on a leash no longer that six feet long. Pet owners are responsible for picking up pet waste and disposing of it at home.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.

Drivers can only reach Theodore Roosevelt Island from the northbound lanes of the George Washington Memorial Parkway. After Memorial Bridge, follow the sign to turn right into the parking lot.

The park can be reached on foot or by bicycle from the Mount Vernon Trail and the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail


Restrooms on the island close for the winter, usually from October to April. During this time a portable toilet is located near the restrooms.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Monday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Accessibility Information

Service animals are allowed in national parks. For a definition of a service animal, please see the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) definition.

The park provides ranger led-programs that can be adjusted to accomodate individuals with hearing and vision impairments. Please contact the park ahead of time to allow rangers to make program adjustments. Rangers for Theodore Roosevelt Island can be reached at 703-289-2553 or

Most trails are wheelchair accessible. Park staff are working to update trail descriptions with detailed information about surfaces, grades, and potential impediments to mobility. 

Theodore Roosevelt Island

Statue of Theodore Roosevelt
Embrace the outdoors as Theodore Roosevelt would and learn about his legacy of conservation.

NPS Photo

Last updated: August 13, 2021