Discover the Majestic Redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument is a stunning redwood forest located just 12 miles north of San Francisco. Established in 1908, it is one of the few remaining old-growth coastal redwood forests in the Bay Area. The park spans 558 acres and is home to towering redwood trees, some over 600 years old and reaching heights of 250 feet.

Why Visit Muir Woods?

Muir Woods offers visitors a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the grandeur of these ancient giants. Walking among the towering redwoods is a humbling and awe-inspiring experience that connects you with nature in a profound way. The park’s serene atmosphere and lush greenery provide a much-needed respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.

In addition to the redwoods, Muir Woods boasts a diverse ecosystem with various plant and animal species. Visitors can spot banana slugs, deer, and a variety of bird species while exploring the park’s trails.

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Adult(12+) : $179.00
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Adult(12+) : $159.00
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Know Before You Visit Muir Woods

It’s important to note that cell phone service is limited within the park, so download any necessary maps or information before your visit. Additionally, pets are not permitted on the trails, but service animals are allowed.

What You'll See in Muir Woods

Upon entering Muir Woods, visitors are greeted by the towering redwoods that line the main trail. The Cathedral Grove is a must-see, where the trees form a natural cathedral-like canopy overhead.

Along the trails, you’ll encounter various plant species, including ferns, mosses, and wildflowers. Keep an eye out for the park’s resident wildlife, such as banana slugs, squirrels, and woodpeckers.

Things to do in Muir Woods

Muir Woods offers several hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty levels. The Main Trail is a flat, paved loop that is accessible to visitors of all abilities. For a more challenging hike, consider the Hillside Trail or the Canopy View Trail, which offers panoramic views of the redwood canopy.

In addition to hiking, visitors can attend ranger-led programs and presentations to learn more about the park’s history and ecology. The park also offers a Junior Ranger program for children, encouraging them to explore and appreciate the natural world.

Mistakes to avoid when Visiting Muir Woods

One of the most common mistake is underestimating the park’s weather conditions. Even on a warm day, the redwood forest can be cool and damp. Dress in layers and wear appropriate footwear for hiking.

Finally, some visitors attempt to rush through the park, missing out on the opportunity to fully appreciate the beauty and serenity of the redwoods. Take your time, slow down, and immerse yourself in the natural surroundings. 

Muir Woods National Monument is a true gem in the Bay Area, offering visitors a chance to connect with nature and experience the majesty of ancient redwood forests. By planning ahead, respecting the park’s rules, and taking the time to fully appreciate your surroundings, you’ll create lasting memories of this incredible natural wonder. 

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