Muir Woods stiffens parking restrictions

The first phase of parking restrictions and an eventual parking registration system at the Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County will get underway early this year, a National Park Service spokeswoman said Thursday.

Wooden posts and parking signs will be installed to begin the seven-year phase-out of roadside parking along Muir Woods Road, also known as Franks Valley Road, park service spokeswoman Adrienne Freeman said.

Marin County officials and the National Park Service briefed the community on the parking reservation system restrictions at a meeting Wednesday night at the Tamalpais Valley Community Center.

The park service issued a Finding of No Significant Impact regarding the reservation system and signed a memorandum of understanding with Marin County on Dec. 23, Freeman said.

“The Muir Woods Reservation System enables the park to begin taking positive steps to address overcrowding at Muir Woods,” Golden Gate National Recreation Area deputy superintendent Aaron Roth said in a statement.

The National Park Service has assigned additional law enforcement rangers to educate the public about and enforce the new parking regulations.

The seven-year-plan to restrict parking on Muir Woods Road and start a parking registration system by 2018 was developed by Rep. Jared Huffman.

Muir Woods National Monument draws about 1 million visitors a year.