Since hikers and tourists began visiting Muir Woods National Monument in the late 19th century, it has become renowned for its old-growth forest of coast redwoods. Muir Woods is located within the Redwood Creek watershed, just 8 miles north of San Francisco, in an area of less than 9 square miles, and harbors an incredibly diverse ecosystem of plant and animal species.
The Planning Division's efforts are focused on upholding Muir Wood's contemplative setting where visitors come to discover the primeval redwood forest. More specifically, our projects support trail network improvements, enhance transportation alternatives to improve visitors arrival experience and better protect park resources, and through the One Tam Collaborative, ensure a coordinated planning effort with our agency watershed partners, including California State Parks, the County of Marin and the Marin Municipal Water District.
Goal: Manage visitation levels using a parking and shuttle reservation system in order to enhance visitor experience and protect park resources.
Goal: Rehabilitate aging service lines to increase the reliability of water and wastewater services in support of visitor and employee health and safety.
Goal: Restore habitat for aquatic life, including the federally threatened Coho salmon, and improve visitor pathways and bridges.
Goal: Improve visitor arrival experience and enhance resource protection through the redesign of parking areas, pedestrian paths, and other visitor amenities.
Goal: Repair Muir Woods Road to enhance public safety and protect park resources. The Federal Highway Administration and County of Marin are planning to:
NPS Planners use a number of documents to guide planning efforts in the park. Following are a selection of these resources.