San Francisco has so many breathtaking attractions; one of the most popular is Muir Woods National Monument, which is managed by the National Park Service. The Muir Woods National Monument is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban parks in the world which contains also The Presidio of San Francisco and Alcatraz.
In 1905, the local US Congressman, William Kent and his wife Elizabeth purchased the area donating it to the Federal Government. On January, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt designated the area as a national monument. Muir Woods was named after the famous Scottish conservationist and explorer John Muir, who studied at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1850's and helped to establish the national park system.
The Muir Woods protects 554 acres of un-logged stands of old-growth Coast Redwood trees (Sequoia Sempervirens). Redwood trees are the tallest living thing on the planet, visitors will see 1000-years old giant redwood trees; the tallest tree in the National Monument is 258 feet high.
Muir Woods National Monument is one of the last places where Redwood trees can be seen in their complete glory. The area is very popular because of its proximity to San Francisco, the monument is located in California Marin County, just 15 miles south across the Golden Gate Bridge. Muir Woods is also the most extensive and best-known redwood forest of the Mount Tamalpais area
San Francisco's public transportation doesn't service the park, but visitors can use private means of transportation, to get there take either US 101 or California Highway; vehicles over 35 feet long are prohibited.
Muir Woods is also a hiker's and nature lover's paradise, the Park is served by several hiking trails where visitors can get a close look at the outstanding Redwood trees.
The monument stays open to guest year round at 8:00 am and closes at dusk. Admission fee is $3.00 per person. Pets are not allowed into the park. There are no camping or lodging facilities in the Muir Woods. Picnicking, lodging, and/or recreational vehicle parking are prohibited within the park. Bicycles are only allowed on fire roads. The crowds can be large during the weekends and at certain times of the year, it is better to visit the Muir Woods during weekdays, morning hours and late afternoons.
Muir Woods National Monument
Address: Mill Valley, California 94941-2696
Telephone: (415) 388-2596
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