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Hikers along one of the trails at Muir Woods in Marin County, California

Check out these Visitor Tips before you visit Muir Woods — Have FUN!

Muir Woods Visitor Tips

  • Arrive early to avoid crowds and find parking. Weekdays, mornings or late afternoons are the best times to visit Muir Woods — during peak summer season, the parking lots are filled with tour buses.
  • If you don't want to hassle with driving and parking, take a Tour of Muir Woods — tours depart from San Francisco
  • Wear comfortable shoes. Hiking boots are not necessary — sneakers are fine for the main trails
  • Jackets (layers) are advised, especially during foggy/chilly summer months. Park temperatures average 40° to 70°F
  • Eat before you arrive, or after hiking the trails because no food is allowed inside the park
  • Bring bottled water to keep hydrated, especially if you're planning on hiking all the trails
  • Great photo ops — be sure to bring along a camera
  • No pets, except service dogs
  • No horses or bicycles,
    except on fire roads
  • No smoking on trails
  • No portable radios
  • Fun for families — the park offers all levels of hiking trails
  • Picnicking and camping are not allowed, but facilities are provided nearby
  • Help keep wildlife healthy; don't feed or disturb them
  • No fishing in Redwood Creek
  • Don't mar or remove flowers, trees, or other natural features
  • "Quiet" is encouraged along the trails — the peacefulness really enhances your hike. Even though there were people in the park during our last visit, at some points along the trail, we didn't see or hear a soul — except for a babbling brook, rustling leaves and singing birds. Pure bliss!
  • NOTE: Poison Oak and Stinging Nettles are common. During high winds, branches or trees may fall. Stay on the trails and pay attention to what's around you


Getting To Muir Woods
Follow signs from Hwy 101 (North) after crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. The first half of the journey (off Hwy 101) is a scenic windy road lined with fragrant Eucalyptus trees. After taking the "Muir Woods" turnoff, expect an extremely windy, steep and narrow mountainous road that leads down to Muir Woods.



Muir Woods Parking
Muir Woods has multiple parking lots, however, parking is limited. Arrive early, especially if you want to park in the main lot (closest to Muir Woods entrance) — it's usually filled with Tour Buses. Visiting on weekdays, mornings or late afternoons are best.

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Alana standing among the Giant Redwoods at Muir Woods in Marin County, California

Best Time to Visit Muir Woods
Anytime of the year is a good time to visit Muir Woods — it is open 365 days a year from 8am-sunset.

Visiting on weekdays, mornings or late afternoons are best if you want to avoid the crowds — during peak summer season, the parking lots are filled with tour buses.

Muir Woods is a great place to visit if you're looking for something fun to do on a cloudy, dull or foggy day — it doesn't have to be sunny to enjoy the park's magnificent Redwood trees and scenic hiking trails. Bring a jacket or wear layers, especially during summer time when the weather can be foggy and chilly.

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Sign for Stinson Beach, Muir Woods and Mt Tamalpais on way to visti Muir Woods in Marin County, California

Entering Muir Woods National Monument sign at Muir Woods, Marin County, California

Giant Redwood Trees in Muir Woods, Marin County, California


Muir Woods Hours
Open year-round 8am-sunset.
Entry fee required.


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