Free National Parks Weekend

Take in the splendor and enjoy free entrance to Muir Woods this weekend. The good news is: you get to go to park and park for free. The bad news is: it’s a weekend and the parking lot is going to be at capacity. Fortunately, the Muir Woods Shuttle runs all weekend, only costs $5 round-trip, saves your nerves, and spares the air. So hop on the shuttle and devote more time immersing yourself in nature.

Grab a park map and guide as you enter and pick whichever trail you’d like to traverse. Before you leave, try to do the loop that crosses all four bridges to take a look at the Cathedral and Bohemian Grove as well as the Pinchot Tree — one of the oldest and tallest in the forest. Notice all the Vitamin C-rich Redwood sorrels that surround the trees and see if you could tell the difference between a sedge, rush and grass. Muir Woods is a place full of intrigue that many wildlife species, like some of the last remaining Coho Salmon and Steelhead Trout, call home. Please treat it with respect.

If You Go:

When: Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley