A spontaneous decision to stop by Muir Woods on our drive up to Sonoma turned out to be one of my favorite parts of the vacation. Visiting state or national parks is one of my favorite things to do. I think it’s because of the restorative effect that being around nature and fresh air has on me. Muir Woods has to be on your list if you are a nature lover like me.
The Woods have clear wooden boarded paths that loop around the park and 3 main bridges. You won’t get lost in the park, but you will get lost in the beauty of the ancient redwood trees. With roots large enough to create natural walkways inside the tree, it’s hard not to appreciate especially since the trees here are around 500-800 years old.
Our Experience at Muir Woods & Tips for Visiting
It rained during our visit, which I think actually enhanced our experience. There were no crowds and the light rain added a nice dreamy feel to our stroll through the paths. At times, it was just us, the trees, and the soft sound of the creek rushing through the woods. It was one of the most peaceful places and experiences I ever had.
Although I’m sure Muir Woods is beautiful any time of year, I would recommend going in the Fall/Winter. Just be sure to bring your cold weather accessories and umbrella as it is pretty cold. My puffer vest, leather gloves, and Chelsea Rain Boots kept me nice, warm, and comfortable. As I mentioned above, it did rain but the trees provided a nice cover.
The whole time here was truly an experience and something I will never forget. As Thoreau said “I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees.”