Twelve miles north of San Francisco, California grows a 554 acre forest of giant redwood trees surpassing 100 years of age. Most people are aware of the foggy climate hovering the Bay Area and that moist atmosphere is what contributes to the vigorous growth. The oldest tree is estimated to be 1,200 years old and 258 feet tall. Most range from 500-800 years.
As part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it is pedestrians only. No camping, picnicking or pets allowed.
Hiking and bicycle trails abound.
Along the way, you might even spot the local residents of coho salmon fingerlings, Pacific wren, woodpeckers, owls, deer, chipmunks, skunks, river otters and squirrels.
On-site parking is very limited. The Muir Woods Shuttle operates weekends and holidays, from May–October for only $5.00 and is FREE for youth ages 15 and under. Catch the bus at the Pohono Street lot, the Marin City Transit Hub, or the Sausalito Ferry Terminal. http://www.marintransit.org/routes/66.html