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Muir Woods National Monument Activities

Located just 12 miles north of San Francisco, California, Muir Woods National Monument is sometimes known as the "Tree Lover's Monument." The monument features some of the largest trees in the world along with a number trails and other attractions. The monument and the surrounding area also offer a number of activities for visitors.

Volunteer Activities
Muir Woods National Monument utilizes volunteer efforts for habitat and environmental projects. Visitors spend time removing weeds or tending the young trees in the nursery. Many people find the act of volunteering for such programs highly rewarding. Volunteer opportunities vary with the season and the weather so check with monument staff when planning these activities.

Take a Walk
A hike along one of the trails in Muir Woods offers visitors a chance to enjoy the redwood trees and learn a little about the environment in which they live. Park rangers conduct guided tours on some trails but all are available for self-guided tours using brochures as guides.

Take in Some History
The redwood trees of Muir Woods are certainly historic but not the only points of interest in the area. Muir Woods National Monument is part of a series of parks and monuments known as the Golden Gate National Recreational Area. GGNRA contains historic attractions including Fort Baker, Fort Point and Alcatraz Island. Fort Point National Historic Site provides visitors with information on the American Civil War fort held by the Union Armies during the conflict. Alcatraz served as America's highest security prison for decades. Learn about more recent history at the Nike Missile Site. This park is dedicated to preserving the history of the Cold War and displays some of the missiles and launch equipment placed to defend the area during the 1960s.

Enjoy the Beach
GGNRA containers several beaches for swimming and sunbathing. Stinson beach is noted for its relaxing atmosphere although the currents and occasional shark attack require visitors exercise caution. Visit Point Bonita lighthouse to see a working lighthouse and enjoy the wild seacoast it overlooks.