Muir Woods National Monument

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MUIR WOODS NATIONAL MONUMENT

Located in Marin County in Northern California, Muir Woods is not only a splendid redwood retreat for forest lovers, it shares a tale of preservation and land stewardship. In 1905, William and Elizabeth Kent purchased the land in order to protect the last stands of uncut redwoods. In 1908, they donated it to the federal government, and President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed the forest a national monument. It was named in honor of John Muir at the request of William Kent. Muir Woods NM is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, where visitors can follow self-guided trails through the last old-growth coastal redwood forest in the Bay Area, and also visit Muir Beach. The park is a fascinating place, harboring the world’s tallest living thing, the Coastal Redwood, right down to the brightly colored banana slug and other creatures that love a moist, low-lit environment.

Location & Local Communities: Just 12 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge and neighboring Mt. Tamalpais State Park, Muir Woods and Muir Beach are extremely popular destinations so weekdays are sometimes a better time to visit. Local gateway communities include Mill Valley (approx. 5 miles), Stinson Beach (approx. 10 miles), San Rafael (approx. 10 miles), Larkspur (approx. 10 miles), Sausalito (10 miles), San Francisco (approx. 20 miles), Novato (approx. 25 miles), Point Reyes (approx. 30 miles), Petaluma (35 miles), and Santa Rosa (approx. 50 miles).

For more information call (415) 388-2595 or visit www.NPS.gov/muwo.

 

 

 

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