George Washington Memorial Parkway – Theodore Roosevelt Island

GWMP Theodore Roosevelt IslandThe George Washington Memorial Parkway (GWMP) preserves the natural scenery along the Potomac River. It connects the historic sites from Mount Vernon, where Washington lived, past the nation’s capital, which he founded, and to the Great Falls of the Potomac where the President demonstrated his skill as an engineer.

Developed as a memorial to George Washington, the Parkway may be used on any day to travel to exciting historical, natural, and recreational areas. These places are all linked by this planned and landscaped road, the first section of which was completed in 1932 to commemorate the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth.

Location: George Washington Memorial Parkway runs along the Potomac River from Mount Vernon to Great Falls. Theodore Roosevelt Island is located in the District of Columbia.

  • Field Studies available: Exotic Invaders, Watershed Watchdogs
  • Habitat: Lowland forest; river/stream bank; marsh; island
  • Terrain: Theodore Roosevelt Island is approximately 90 acres surrounded by water, and habitats include marsh, swamp, forest and riverbanks. It is relatively flat with a well established network of trails throughout the island. Off the trails, the undergrowth can be fairly heavy in many locations.
  • Suitable for the disabled
  • Facilities: Restrooms nearby


For more information on the George Washington Memorial Parkway, including directions, visitor information and hours of operation, visit their official website at