Nature in all her beauty and majesty awaits just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Here Muir Woods, a dense forest of old-growth coastal redwood trees, stands tall, proud and protected (President Theodore Roosevelt declared it a national monument in 1908). Named for naturalist John Muir (1838-1914), Sierra Club founder and pioneering nature preservationist, the forest boasts redwoods towering as tall as 258 feet as well as bigleaf maples, California bay laurels and tanoak trees, 50 species of birds and Redwood Creek, a spawning ground for coho salmon. Laced with hiking trails (paved and unpaved), the woods gets crowded on weekends (the park draws 1 million visitors annually). Stop by on a weekday if possible. Plans are afoot to require reservations for cars, but no date has been set.
I loved these woods/trees. Such a great piece of nature so close to San Francisco. We walked through some quite quick route since we arrived a bit late. Would have done the longer hike if it was possible. Absolutely beautiful big trees that have lives hundreds of years before we met. Such a fascinating idea. I hope Californians plant these great trees wherever they can. I think it was a great idea to sell the baby trees at the gift store. Definitely my kind of thing :). However I did not know can I take it back home to Europe, thus did not take the risk and bring it to home. I recommend visiting this place while visiting SF or the areas near by if you like nature.
Truly beautiful area. There are typically a lot of people here, but especially on the weekends. If you get here later than 9am on a weekday I'd expect to walk a while to find parking. On weekends it can be very difficult. There are both very easy to walk areas on flat ground and partially challenging uphill Hikes. There is a gift shop that also has a place to get food. Definitely worth visiting multiple times.
The iconic tall trees make for a cool and breezy hike. Thankfully, they were spared from the recent wildfires. The hike is not difficult and is suitable for all ages. The hike starts at the Visitor Center and follows a loop along one of several well-marked routes. If you have a car or join a bus tour, it’s an easy day trip from San Francisco and the Bay Area. Public transportation is possible but not reliable and convenient. There is an entrance fee of $10.
It was nice experience. Perfect for nature lovers who love to hike. Price slightly on high side esp if you go with a big family. It's 10 per person. You have to dress well and for families with kids you need to be careful as the hills are really steep with no support in a few areas depending on the route you choose. Parking can be very difficult if you are not early.
You must go here once in your life. This is where they filmed Return of the Jedi a Star Wars film. It's amazing to see how tall the trees actually are and how you can't even see the tops of them they go so high into the sky. It's very damp and sometimes cold so bring a jacket just in case. Bring a camera too!