Things to Do in Muir Woods

Taking a trip to Muir Woods National Monument is one of the top outdoor adventures to go on in the Bay Area. You will be in awe of the giant coastal redwoods, as you explore the trails of one of the last old-growth forests in the world. Next time you are in San Francisco book one of these tours and experience Muir Woods for yourself.

While you are at Muir Woods, there are a few activities you can choose to do to enhance your experience in the enchanted forest. Add any or all of these activities to your trip for a fun and memorable day among the California redwoods!


things to do in muir Woods


take a hike

Muir Woods is the perfect place in the Bay Area to reconnect with nature, and enjoy a hike. The park has different trails that vary in length, skill and terrain, all which allow guests to admire the towering redwoods, animals who call the forest home and beautiful scenery. If you are looking for an easy trail stick to the main trail loop that follows the Redwood Creek. More advanced hikers can choose one of the more difficult loops, such as Dipsea Loop, where you will get to see stunning views of Mt. Tamalpais, the Pacific Ocean, and San Francisco.

attend a tree talk

Throughout the day park rangers give 15 minute long talks about the park. If you are short on time, you can enjoy a quick overview on the beautiful environment. When you get to the park, check the program board for the tree talk times and locations.

Take a guided tour

Muir Woods park rangers and volunteers offer hour long guided tours, where you will learn more about the history of the park and the vegetation. You do not need to make a reservation to attend a tour, check the program board for information on start times.

Self-guided tour program

If you are looking for more of an independent adventure, you can pick up a self-guided program at the Visitor Center. The programs are $1, and will inform you about the park and redwood ecology.


Admire the wildlife and vegetation

Muir Woods has more than redwoods to admire. Being one of the last old-growth forests left on the planet, Muir Woods is home to hundreds of species of plants and animals. While you hike through the forest, take time to appreciate and discover all the different vegetation and wildlife. The most common animals to see are black-tailed deer, chipmunks, coho salmon, and various birds. While you explore, you might see bobcats, otters, mountain lions, rabbits, bats, raccoons, snakes, butterflies, owls, and more.

Visit the Cafe and Gift Shop

Before leaving Muir Woods, make sure to stop at the Muir Woods Trading Co. Cafe and the Muir Woods Gift Shop. The Muir Woods Trading Co. Cafe is a great spot to stop for lunch or a snack. If you are hungry, try the Marin Melt - a delicious grilled cheese sandwich made from local cheeses and bread. The gift shop is a great place to buy souvenirs for your family and friends at home.

Things to do in muir woods for kids


Become a Junior Range

Children who visit Muir Woods can explore the old-growth forest and earn their Junior Ranger badge. Kids will have the opportunity to learn what park rangers do to protect the park, and discover more about the environment as they complete various activities. You can print the Junior Ranger Activity Book here.

Redwood Discovery: A Quest at Muir Woods

Your little ones can enjoy their time at Muir Woods embarking on a quest to find the hidden treasure box. On their quest they will learn secrets of the forest as they solve riddle after riddle. You can print out your free copy of the Quest here.

Internet Detox

There's no Wi-Fi or cell reception at Muir Woods National Monument, which will give your family the opportunity to escape the Cyber World. Your kids can enjoy a break from technology while they embrace the fresh air, and stunning views of the coastal redwoods and wildlife.

No matter how you choose to spend your time at Muir Woods National Monument, we know you will enjoy your adventure among the towering redwoods.