Explore Arlington's Great Outdoors By Foot, Water, or Wheels

Take some time to get out and enjoy Arlington's outdoor scene. We've got some great ways to get out and explore in Arlington.

From walking and biking to exploring nature sites, Arlington’s outdoors are alive this time of year.

Take a stroll across the pedestrian bridge off the George Washington Memorial Parkway and discover Theodore Roosevelt Island, a memorial to America’s 26th president and a true oasis in the middle of the bustle of city life. The island, in the middle of the Potomac, consists of miles of trails through wooded uplands and swampy bottomlands, all designed to honor Roosevelt’s legacy as a great outdoorsman and conservationist.  There's perhaps no better place to #findyourpark than this national treasure tucked away in Arlington. 

From walking and biking to exploring nature sites, Arlington’s outdoors are alive. Ride a bike or take a jog down the Mount Vernon Trail along the shores of the Potomac for a spectacular view of the monuments along the National Mall.  Better yet – explore Arlington outdoors by connecting to the “Arlington Loop,” a trail route created by Bike Arlington that provides a map connecting four regional trails. If you need a bicycle, stop by any of the Capital BikeShare stations found throughout Arlington and purchase a day pass. Another opportunity for some outdoor adventure, spend some time deep in the woods of Potomac Overlook Regional Park, where you can explore 70 acres of woods, trails and educational gardens. Keep an eye out for deer and other wildlife. 

Another option: take to the water directly. Just across the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Columbia Island Marina docks yachts and serves as a put-in for kayaks and paddleboards. Have a day- or evening-long river adventure. Or just sit and bird watch with the Pentagon as your backdrop.

Author: Cara O'Donnell