Theodore Roosevelt Island

Important Notices

COVID-19 & the VBWTBefore heading out to visit a site on the Virginia Bird & Wildlife Trail, be sure to check if that site has any COVID-19 policies or closures in place. This information is typically posted on a site's own website.

Description

Upon reaching the island, stop at the bulletin board and pick up a trail map. This site offers over 2.5 miles of trails through woodland, marsh, swamp and forested riparian edges. During migration, thrushes and warblers are plentiful, and a variety of water birds can be seen throughout the year. Given the density of the surrounding urban development, the forested area acts as a crucial focal point for bird life, particularly during migration. The site provides excellent winter viewing habitat. This site is proximate to major urban facilities such as Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and is a convenient site for viewers seeking a nearby destination.

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

Directions

Physical Address: George Washington Memorial Parkway, northbound lanes between Roosevelt Bridge and Key Bridge, Arlington, VA 22209

From Previous Site on the Great Falls Loop of VBWT:

From Roaches Run Waterfowl Sanctuary, return to the George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) South and take the first exit for Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport. Follow the signs for GWMP and get one GWMP North. Travel 4.0 miles and exit right to the entrance of Theodore Roosevelt Island. Go to the south end of the parking lot and cross the pedestrian bridge to Theodore Roosevelt Island.

Location & Directions

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Site Information

  • Site Contact: National Park Service: 703-289-2500, gwmp_vssouth@nps.gov
  • Website
  • Access: Free, Daily

Birds Recently Seen at Theodore Roosevelt Island (as reported to eBird)

  • Double-crested Cormorant
  • Cooper's Hawk
  • Northern Flicker
  • Blue Jay
  • Carolina Chickadee
  • Carolina Wren
  • American Robin
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • American Goldfinch
  • Northern Cardinal

Seasonal Bird Observations

Facilities

  • Accessible
  • Hiking Trails
  • Information
  • Interpretive Nature Program
  • Interpretive Trail
  • Parking
  • Restrooms