S.F. Bay Area — California
Marin County Attractions
Muir Woods Tips
- Visitor Tips
- Best Time to Visit
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
- 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
- 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
- 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
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
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.
Muir Woods Hours
Open year-round 8am-sunset.
Entry fee required.
Main Muir Woods
Cafe & Gift Shop
Ladybugs at Muir Woods
Muir Woods Tours