Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

Must see · Forest · National Park
Just a short drive north of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument protects a pristine area of about 97 hectares (240 acres) of old-growth redwood forest. Walk among the giant trees, which are some of the tallest living things on the planet. You can choose from several trails, ranging in length and difficulty. For an easy hike through a grove of trees nearly a millennium old, take the short main trail loop. If you feel a little more adventurous, put on pair of good hiking shoes and take the 3 km (2 mi) trail to the top of "Cardiac Hill," which offers unobstructed views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. To visit Muir Woods National Monument and other attractions in Mill Valley, use our Mill Valley trip planner.
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  • Absolutely stunning! This was my first time in a redwood forest and won’t be my last. Many choices of easily traversed paths and trails. I can’t wait to return!  more »
  • Be sure to go online and purchase reservations for parking in advance. I highly recommend a weekday visit in the late morning if visiting in the cooler winter months. It will be less crowded and will....  more »
  • The wife and I were here last weekend. It had been five years for me, thirty for her! Due to coronavirus parking and entrance requires reservations so as to limit the quantity of people in the park.....  more »
  • We went last fall to San Francisco and decided to stop here as it is close. It was one of my favorite parts of the trip. The park rangers are excited to teach kids. It was so beautiful and not overly crowded. Lots to explore and go at your own pace. My kids got to be junior park rangers and get a badge.
  • We loved hiking here. It is a one of a kind experience. We reserved afternoon parking and were able to park close to the visitor center. It looked like sometimes the parking is pretty far out, my guess would be in the morning. My son was in awe of the giant trees. I highly recommend this park! ♥️
  • Its always pleasant feeling to visit this place. Fresh cold air while walking among some of the greatest and oldest trees. Paved path make it easier for all age groups to enjoy. Reserved parking make it easier. Be prepared as there would not be signal.
  • Absolutely incredible. Pictures don’t do it justice. Be sure to reserve parking early - it looks like parking can be quite far away so an early time slot is better. We spent quite awhile hiking in the park. We also ate lunch in the cafe which was also really good - the Muir Melt sandwich was delicious!
  • The walks are laid out in a way that gives you a great experience while protecting the trees. The guides are knowledgeable and clearly love their work. Great gift shop with wonderful redwood products, seedlings you can plant at home, shirts, totes bags, and more. Be sure to take a moment to just soak in the atmosphere. It's an incredibly peaceful place. I took a couple hundred photos - no exaggeration.

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