Frequently Asked Questions
How do I get to Muir Woods?
I don't have a car. How do I get there?
Marin Transit operates the Muir Woods Shuttle from Mill Valley or Sausalito to Muir Woods summer weekends and some major holidays.
The rest of the year there is no public transit that directly serves Muir Woods, unfortunately.
Local tour companies bring groups to Muir Woods from San Francisco and Sausalito on a daily basis.
When is the park open?
Muir Woods is open every day of the year, including all holidays. The park is open 8:00 a.m. to sunset.
How much does it cost?
The entrance fee is $10.00 for people 16 years and older. Parking is free at Muir Woods and Muir Beach.
Is Muir Woods accessible to those with limited mobility?
Yes! Muir Woods has 1.5 miles of paved or boardwalked trail which is mostly flat. Loops of half a mile, one mile, or two miles are easily achieved on this trail. It also features many benches in both sun and shade for resting. For those with a little more mobility, a dirt fire road to Camp Alice Eastwood provides a relatively easy graded additional trail. The café, gift shop, and restrooms all meet ADA accessibility standards, and six parking spaces are reserved in the main parking lot for those with disabled parking placards or license plates. There are two wheelchairs and two strollers available to borrow on a first-come, first-serve basis at the visitor center.
Can I picnic in the park?
No, the park is simply too small a space for so many people to enjoy picnicking without impacting the very forest which they are here to visit. However, there are several picnic areas nearby, including Muir Beach, Muir Beach Overlook, and Bootjack Picnic Area.
Food and hot beverages are available in our café, operated by our park concessionaire, Muir Woods Trading Company.
Can I camp at Muir Woods?
No, Muir Woods is a day-use area. There are a variety of camping opportunities in nearby parks however. Check out our brochure for nearby camping locations.
Do you have education programs?
Yes! We have a variety of education programs both at Muir Woods and throughout the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Is photography allowed in the park?
Yes, for personal purposes. You and your camera equipment must stay completely on the trail at all times. However, if you are filming for commercial purposes, you will need a permit.
Do I need reservations?
Nope, and we don't take them! However, if you are coming for one of our special events, or for an education program, please call to let us know you are coming. Advance entrance fee sales are available for larger groups. Please contact the Visitor Center at (415) 388-7368.
May I bike in or near Muir Woods?
You may not bike in Muir Woods itself. However, there are many fire roads in Mount Tamalpais State Park and Golden Gate National Recreation Area to challenge your mountain biking skills.
What will we see at Muir Woods?
You will see the tallest type of tree in the world, the Coast redwood, sequoia sempervirens, as well as the countless other plants and animals that are part of an old-growth redwood forest, including tanoak trees, ferns, redwood sorrel, stellar jays, black-tailed deer, and banana slugs, to name a few.
Is there a drive-through tree at Muir Woods?
No. We have never had a drive-through tree here, as cutting the hole would endanger the health of the tree. There used to be a drive-through sequoia tree known as the Wawona Tree in Yosemite National Park, but it fell in 1968/69. However, there are three privately owned drive-through redwood trees along Highway 101 in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties (northern California). The closest one is about 4 hours north of Muir Woods.
Are there any dangerous plants or animals?
Plants: We have both poison oak and stinging nettle. With poison oak, as the saying goes, "leaves of three, let them be." If you stay on the lower trails, you are unlikely to encounter either. If you will hike further in the woods, ask a ranger to show you a picture of what to avoid.
Animals: Our animals are safe for the most part, but can become dangerous if they are sick, injured, or harassed. Do not approach wildlife, no matter how small and harmless it appears. An animal that allows you to approach it is more likely to be sick and dangerous. While there have been mountain lion sightings nearby, they have not been seen in Muir Woods itself. The most dangerous animal in the park is the yellow jacket. If you have known allergic reactions to bee stings, please bring your medication. Ticks are present and may carry Lyme disease. Rodent droppings may contain Hantavirus. West Nile Virus has been detected in the San Francisco Bay Area (though Mosquitos are rare in Muir Woods). To help protect yourself from all animals, do not feed them, and dispose of trash properly.
Can I get married in Muir Woods?
How romantic! You will need a permit. At Muir Woods National Monument, permits for weddings are issued outside of peak visitor hours, so either before 10 a.m. or after 4:30 p.m. From March 15 to October 15, we are unable to issue permits for weekends and holidays. Capacity determined by site, no groups of more than 30 people. No chairs, lecterns, singing or music and no space for receptions.
Is the parking really that bad?
Yes. The parking lots usually fill up by 10 a.m., 9 a.m. in the summer. Come when we open at 8:00 or an hour before we close, or take the Muir Woods Shuttle, if it is running. Otherwise you may need to prepare to park a mile down the road and walk to the park entrance.
Can I drive my RV, bus, or trailer to Muir Woods?
Maybe. The roads to Muir Woods are very narrow and winding. The California Highway Patrol limits vehicles to no longer than 35 feet on Highway 1. There are no parking places for RVs and cars/trucks with trailers in the parking lots.
Can I take anything from the park as a souvenir?
No, everything in the park is protected, including animals, rocks, historic artifacts, leaves, redwood cones, and sticks. Take only memories and photographs, leave only footprints. Muir Woods has a bookstore and gift shop where souvenirs may be purchased.