This report provides park managers, planners, interpreters, and the interested public the information needed to better understand the cultural history and significance of Muir Woods. It is written as a Historic Resource Study (HRS) synthesizing all available cultural resource information from various disciplines and entails both documentary research and field investigation. This report is divided into three parts: Part I: Land Use History; Part II: Muir Woods, William Kent, and the American Conservation Movement; Part III: Recommendations and Appendices.
The Point Reyes National Seashore, located just north of San Francisco Bay, and the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompass some of the most spectacular landscapes on the West Coast. From the rugged coastline, with its historic lighthouse and far-reaching beaches, to the pasturelands and thick forests that clothe its eastern reaches, the park is a major recreational destination for travelers from northern and central California and from out of state. Together, Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area host more than 16 million visitors annually. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area; recreational opportunities, including hiking trails, bicycling trails, sea kayaking and canoeing, and horseback riding; and historical exhibits.For travelers and outdoor enthusiasts who want to experience a taste of all that an area has to offer, this series features short hikes, biking trails, and other outdoor recreation opportunities, plus travel information and natural history.Features include: - Best time of year to visit- Facilities, fees, and recreational activities- RV sites and campgrounds- Nearby points of interest- Detailed maps of each area(6 x 9, 288 pages, b&w photos, maps)Tracy Salcedo-Chourre is a professional writer, indefatigable researcher, and the author of more than a dozen previous guidebooks. She lives with her husband, Martin, and their three sons in Glen Ellen, California.