Muir Woods is located 17 miles northwest of San Francisco just off Highway 1. The park was named after naturalist John Muir who was instrumental in establishing the National Park system. This National Monument is made up of over 560 acres of redwood forest. Cathedral and Bohemian Groves contain the largest Coast redwoods – up to 252 feet tall and 14 feet across.
The park is home to 50 species of birds, black-tailed deer, steelhead trout and hundreds of other "wild inhabitants."
U.S. Congressman William Kent and his wife Elizabeth had purchased the land to preserve its beauty and restful wilderness, and in 1908 they donated it to the federal governent to protect it from development. President Theodore Roosevelt declared Muir Woods the 10th national monument on January 9, 1908.
Visitors are invited to explore the paved main trail which offers educational exhibits on the majestic redwood trees– some known to be 1,000 years old. There are six miles of walking trails and no cars are allowed in the redwood grove.
Cool, shaded and moist year round, the park opens at 8am, 365 days a year, though closing time varies seasonally. Daytime temperatures at Muir Woods average between 40 and 70 degrees Farenheit. Be prepared for rain if visiting the park from October to May.
Inside the park are a visitor center, cafe and gift shop which open at 9am. The cafe features locally sourced, organic foods and the gift shop specializes in locally and sustainably made redwood gifts, Native American jewelry and other classic souvenirs.
Roads to the park are steep and winding. Vehicles over 35 feet long are prohibited. Tours to Muir Woods are popular as parking space is very limited and fills quickly on most days. There are no RV parking facilities.
$49 Muir Woods Tours
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Wander through 1000-year-old giant redwood groves and visit Sausalito, a Mediterranean-style seaside village. 775-1200, GuideYou.com
$60 Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods & Sausalito Tour with Ferry Return
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The popular Muir Woods Giant Redwoods & Sausalito tour PLUS ferry ticket - allows for more time on your own in Sausalito. 775-1200, GuideYou.com