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Muir Woods National Monument

Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.
— John Muir
John Muir’s Cathedral
Take a walking pilgrimage through these woods. Quiet and stillness inspires reverence to these thousand-year-old monuments. Speak only in hushed tones and allow the redwoods to tell their stories.
Dedicated to the father of the national parks, John Muir, in 1908, this redwood forest along the Pacific coast offers views unlike any other.

Visitors are invited to step back in time to the days of one of the earliest park advocates. Hike through the soaring redwoods and immerse yourself in the sights that inspired John Muir to be such a strong voice for the preservation and conservation of America's most special places.

Muir Woods is the first National Monument that was created solely because of a land donation from a individual. Congressman William Kent donated the land to protect redwoods, some of which are over 150 years old, from the logging industry boom. He also insisted it be named for John Muir.

Today, visitors flock to the Cathedral Grove of Muir Woods and hike through these famed woods and to see fairy ring trees—some truly remarkable sights await.

Behind glass, a ring of vintage keys
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