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Muir Woods National Monument, California
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Muir Woods National Monument is a protected nature site in California. It is located in Marin County and covers 559 acres (226 ha). The park protects groves of old growth Coast Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens), one of the few remaining in the San Francisco Bay area.


Muir Woods National Monument, California
Muir Woods National Monument, California
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The Muir Woods National Monument is one of the few remaining growths of the Sequoia sempervirens which has been decimated by the logging industry. The Redwood forest just north of San Francisco Bay has gotten the attention of US Congressman William Kent, who with his wife purchased the 611 acres (247 ha) for $45,000 in order to protect the redwood trees and mountain landscape.

On 9 January, 1908, the Muir Woods National Monument was created by President Theodore Roosevelt. It was the first national monument to be created from land donated by a private individual. The site was originally suggested to be named after Kent, but Kent insisted that it be named after naturalist John Muir, to honor him for establishing the national park system.


Muir Woods National Monument
Muir Woods National Monument
Author: MPF, Epolk (public domain)

Visiting Muir Woods National Monument, California

Muir Woods National Monument is located 12 miles (19 km) to the north of San Francisco, and is within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. See location map. From San Franciso, take US Highway 101 and turn off at the Highway 1 / Stinson Beach Exit. Then follow signage to Muir Woods. The park is open daily from 8:00 am in the morning till 8:00 pm during summer, and 5:00 pm during winter, with closing hours varying in between.

Entrance fees to the park is $5.00 per person aged 16 and above. The fee is also valid for same-day use at the John Muir National Historic Site in Martinez, California. There is also a annual pass of $20 good for a private vehicle, inclusive of driver and passengers, to enter Muir Woods National Monument and John Muir National Historic Site.

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