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"The Majestic Redwood Forest" Muir Woods Tip by Sandi-2004

Muir Woods, San Francisco: 37 reviews and 76 photos


Come stroll among 1000 year old giant trees towering 260 feet high. Until the 1800's, many northern California coastal valleys were covered with coast redwood trees similar to those now found in Muir Woods National Monument. The forest along Redwood Creek in today's Muir Woods was spared from logging because it was hard to get to.Realizing that Redwood Creek contained one of the San Francisco Bay Area's last uncut stands of old-growth redwood, Congressman William Kent & his wife bought 295 acres here for $45,000 in 1905. To protect the redwoods the Kents donated the land to the US Federal Government and, in 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument. Roosevelt suggested naming the area after Kent, but Kent wanted it named for conservationist John Muir.

Information and Hours
The monument is managed by the National Park Service and is open year round from 8:00 am to sunset. The monument is busiest during the weekends and the middle of the day. For the most solitude we recommend visiting during weekdays, morning hours and late afternoons. For information, write or call Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, CA 94941 (415) 388-2595. Entry fee required - $3 per Adult (17 and older). Golden Eagle, Golden Age and Golden Access Accepted.

* No Bicycles!
* No Picnics!
* No Dogs!
* No Camping!

Address: Mill Valley, Marin County
Directions: Muir Woods National Monument, 12 miles N of the Golden Gate Bridge, is reached by U.S. 101 & Hwy 1.
Phone: 415-388-2595

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 26, 2004
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