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Visiting Muir Woods

Named for conservationist John Muir, he proclaimed this area "the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world." In order to protect this old-growth redwood forest, Congressman William Kent and his wife, Elizabeth bought 295 acres in 1905 and donated the land to the United States Federal Government. In 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument.

Muir Woods - Old Growth Forest

The National Monument preserves the last old growth coast redwood forest in the San Francisco Bay Area. The tallest type of tree in the world, the sequoia sempervirens or Coast Redwood, is found here.

You will find hikes for every ability nearby. With 1.5 miles miles of paved trail, it makes for an easy stroll and is also suitable for mobility impaired persons, wheelchairs and strollers. More rigorous walks are also available. There are 6 miles of trails in Muir Woods. There is a 1/2 hour loop, a 1 hour loop, and a 1 1/2 hour loop as well as trails that extend into surrounding parks. All of these walks afford views of thousands of old-growth coast redwoods.

Park Operating Hours

The park is open from 8 am to sunset, including holidays. During the summer, the park is open until 8 pm. The visitor center and gift shop are open roughly from 9 am to 5 pm.

Getting There

Muir Woods is located 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Take Highway 101 to the Highway 1/ Stinson Beach/Muir Woods exit. Follow the signs to Muir Woods. Roads to the park are steep and winding. Vehicles over 35' long are prohibited. Parking space is very limited and fills quickly on most days. There are no RV parking facilities.

Weather & Climate

The park is cool, shaded and moist year round. Daytime temperatures at Muir Woods average between 40 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit.

Entrance Fee

$3.00 for adults
Children 16 and under are free.

Use your National Parks Pass or Golden Pass (Age, Eagle and Access) for park entry.

SF Travel Guide's Recommendations

  • Allow roughly 3 - 4 hours, including travel time from San Francisco
  • Bring a sweater or jacket
  • Bring water to drink
  • Bring a camera
  • Parking is in short supply, arrive early

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