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 Tamalpais Land 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.
This project will create a parking and shuttle reservation system to support management of visitation to levels that meet park goals for safety, natural resource preservation, visitor experience, and public access. The reservation system is intended to be a long-term measure that will allow the park to work with visitors in advance of their arrival so that congestion, and its related impacts, can be minimized and the quality of the experience enhanced.Project Status: NPS completed environmental compliance for this project with a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) issued on December 2015 . Parking and shuttle reservations will be required in early 2018.
The Muir Woods Salmon Habitat Enhancement and Bridge Replacement Project would restore habitat in Redwood Creek for aquatic life, including the federally threatened Coho salmon, and replace aging pedestrian bridges in Muir Woods National Monument.
Project Status: A Draft Environmental Assessment for this project was available for comment from April 3 to May 18, 2017.
Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project
Project Status: NPS completed environmental compliance for this project with the issuance of a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in June 2017. Project construction is anticipated to begin in 2019 with project completion in 2020.
Muir Woods Water/Wastewater Service Lines Replacement Project
Project Status: NPS completed environmental compliance for this project with the issuance a Final Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in June 2017. Project construction is anticipated to begin in June 2018 with projected completion in fall 2018.
Muir Woods Road Improvements (County of Marin & Federal Highway Administration)
Project Status: A second round of public scoping for this project closed on June 12, 2017.
NPS Planners use a number of documents to guide planning efforts in the park. Following are a selection of these resources.
2017 Redwood Creek Watershed, Muir Woods Road/Trail Re-evaluation & Assessment
Last updated: February 25, 2019