Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley: Hours, Address, Muir Woods National Monument Reviews: 4.5/5

Muir Woods National Monument

Muir Woods National Monument
4.5
National Parks • Nature & Wildlife Areas • Forests
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this coastal redwood preserve features majestic redwoods and scenic hiking trails that draw more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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hinhankola
Albuquerque, NM298 contributions
Sooooo nosey with people, can’t hear the birds!!!
Sep 2021 • Friends
I enjoyed this beautiful place despite all the people from different backgrounds disrespecting the signs that say this is a quiet place so the wildlife may conduct their lives without distractions. I saw parents allowing their children to run everywhere off trail despite signs explaining the fragility of the ground.
They really need more rangers around asking people to be quiet, reminding them of rules/answering questions, and so many more fences to block bodies from checking out the water. Perhaps mandatory listening tour’s could be added.
Written 21 September 2021
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morris7180
Saint Louis, MO36 contributions
Redwood Heaven!
Sep 2021
What a wonderful hike we had! If you appreciate the outdoors and stately Redwoods, this is the place for you!
Written 12 September 2021
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MNRLVEU
Columbus, OH220 contributions
Natural Beauty
Sep 2021 • Couples
What a beautiful historic national park. The park is well maintained and accessible with a reservation. The walk way through the park is very well maintained and flat other than a ramp/steps leading down to the start of the trail. There are several options to choose from for a trail that works for you. If you are going to be in the Bay Area definitely worth the trip.
Written 8 September 2021
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JoleneZ
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia195 contributions
Best outing from SF
Aug 2021 • Family
This was our family’s top-rated attraction in the Bay Area. We loved the magnificent trees and the user-friendly paths. It was great that visitors of all ages could enjoy the park, though I could not help but wished that there was more respect for silence, especially in the designated quiet zone.
We did not drive and were adamant not to go with a tour group. Ended up really pleased with our decision. Took a ferry from the Ferry Building near Embarcadero to Sausalito, where we had a lovely lunch, before a local bus took us to the Muir Woods shuttle stop. There, the pre-booked shuttle transferred us to the Woods (you need to book the tickets online in advance, especially during the COVID days when this was only available on weekends). So, with some planning, this is definitely doable.
If you’re in SF and can only make one sight-seeing trip, this is the one that will be the most memorable.
Written 2 September 2021
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Ready2Go2008
13 contributions
A beautiful walk in the woods -- no tour bus necessary
Aug 2021
These woods are beautiful and magical.

If you can, drive by car. The tours don't have much time there (about 90 minutes - and that includes buying souvenirs etc.) and their side trip to Sausalito would be a waste if you've ever been to a fancy sea side town.

We drove out and spent 3 hours there. You must make ADVANCED PARKING RESERVATIONS.

There is a very nice, flat walk which is about 1.5-2 miles round trip (paved & handicap accessible) and there are side trips which are slightly to significantly steeper.

When we were there (end of August) some of the side paths had warnings about aggressive wasps --- so if you are allergic, bring your epi pen. There were also plenty of walks without wasp warnings.

You can picnic just outside the park (i.e. there are some benches in the parking area) - so bring your lunch.
Written 27 August 2021
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david s
Hercules, CA16 contributions
Hello Muir Woods
Aug 2021 • Family
Hello everyone Muir Woods great place for hike make sure you make reservations ahead because the place is extremely busy due to parking and they’re doing construction if anybody has not been there I would suggest it
Written 19 August 2021
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Therese P
Shrewsbury, MA62 contributions
If prone to motion sickness, take Dramamine before driving here
Aug 2021
The Redwoods are amazing, and most of the hikes are pretty easy to do. This was my 18 year old daughters favorite place to see during our trip to San Francisco. One thing I want to mention, that I don't see mentioned anywhere. The road to get to Muir Woods is extremely windy. If anyone in your family gets car sick, you definitely want to take Dramamine before driving here. My daughter got car sick on the way there, and I went to the gift shop to see if I could buy some Dramamine for the drive back, but they were out (they usually do carry it, he said because the road is so windy).
Written 14 August 2021
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doug2110
Kenosha, WI68 contributions
A must see
Aug 2021 • Couples
One of the most beautiful hikes in years. Redwoods were beautiful. Map was helpful. Go early and reserve parking or you will walk a long way.
Written 13 August 2021
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Freelancepix
Delaware40 contributions
Muir Woods, a must see while in San Francisco!
Aug 2021 • Friends
This forest of beautiful, tall Redwoods is a must see if you’re visiting the San Francisco area. There are wooden plank pathways and trails throughout for all activity levels. You can easily spend hours walking. Views of the trees are stunning and the woods are quiet and peaceful. If you get to the park early morning, you get a glimpse of how beautiful nature is when the first rays of sunlight hits the trees. There are bridges to walk across, and certainly no lack of places for some great photo opps. After the Visitor’s Center, we took the first left over bridge 1 and walked along Bohemian Grove Trail, which takes you right to the Bohemian Grove, where you can take a picture of people standing almost inside a Redwood tree. There’s just so much to see in the park and it’s a real treasure. The parking lots usually sells out, so be sure to buy your spot in advance. Get there early to avoid crowds, as the park will fill up fast. Great little souvenir shop and there are bathrooms on site.
Written 9 August 2021
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Reed
Orlando, FL1,309 contributions
Perfect
Jun 2021 • Couples
I’m not sure there is anything more perfect than Muir Woods. Walking through these beautiful and ancient trees, listening to the birds and the wind - it’s almost a life changing experience. It’s not huge compared to most national parks - but allow enough time to walk at a leisurely pace, sit for a bit on one of the many well placed benches and enjoy breathing in that crisp, clean air. Parking is a fiasco - you MUST reserve in advance and you will likely have a bit of a walk. Also - there is almost no cell service there - that’s good, but be prepared. The snack stand on the site is just OK - but they do have a great gift shop! Don’t miss Muir Woods!
Written 8 August 2021
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