Muir Woods and Redwood Creek Watershed Planning

Redwood Creek flows alongside a trail bordered by rustic fencing, with a verdant canopy overhanging the creek.
Redwood Creek flows alongside a trail in Muir Woods.

NPS / Mel Mashman

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.

Visit the Redwood Renewal page for summaries on some of our project planning efforts.


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    Goal: Manage visitation levels using a parking and shuttle reservation system in order to enhance visitor experience and protect park resources.

    Project highlights include:

    Goal: Rehabilitate aging service lines to increase the reliability of water and wastewater services in support of visitor and employee health and safety.

    Project highlights include:

    • Installation of new infrastructure to meet all modern code requirements for fire protection flow demands and potable water quality and storage.
    • Replacement and relocation of wastewater line out of ecologically sensitive Redwood Creek corridor.
    • Construction of a new lift station.

    Goal: Restore habitat for aquatic life, including the federally threatened Coho salmon, and improve visitor pathways and bridges.

    Project highlights include:

    • Removal of engineered riprap (boulders) from the stream banks and reintroduction of large woody debris to enhance aquatic habitat.
    • Replacement of four aging pedestrian bridges to maintain accessible crossings, improve public safety, and enhance habitat restoration efforts.
    Redwood Creek Salmon Habitat Enhancement Project Details, Timeline, and FAQ

    Goal: Improve visitor arrival experience and enhance resource protection through the redesign of parking areas, pedestrian paths, and other visitor amenities.

    Project highlights include:

    • Redesign of parking areas, trails, and visitor amenities.
    • Construction of new Dipsea Trail pedestrian bridge.

    Goal: Repair Muir Woods Road to enhance public safety and protect park resources. The Federal Highway Administration and County of Marin are planning to:

    • Repair and repave road between California Highway 1 and Muir Woods National Monument.
    • Upgrade drainage to better address storm water pollution.
    • Replace the Muir Woods Road Bridge over Redwood Creek.


    For More Information

    • Redwood Renewal graphic featuring redwood tree silhouettes

      Redwood Renewal

      A family of projects to ensure the preservation and health of Muir Woods for generations to come.

    • three women walk along a winding, tree lined trail in Muir Woods

      Muir Woods National Monument

      Walk among old growth coast redwoods, cooling their roots in the fresh water of Redwood Creek.

    Last updated: June 30, 2021

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