Proposal Would Hike Muir Woods Entrance Fee to $1

Muir Woods has changed a lot in its 100 years.

The trees are bigger. As are the fees.

And the cost to visit the fabled grove of redwoods just north of the Golden Gate Bridge could rise to $10 by the time the park celebrates its first century in 2016, under a plan currently being considered by the National Park Service.

The Marin Independent Journal brings word of the idea, still in the proposal phase, to hike the fee from $7 to $10.

There is no timetable as to when the fee increase, if approved, would go into effect.

Muir Woods was free until 1997, the newspaper noted, an arrangement that ended when the Golden Gate National Recreation Area needed a way to make money for maintenance.

The fee money has since paid for the new wooden walkways seen in the park as well as signs around the GGNRA's various parks.

The $2 fee went to $3 in 2001 and then $5 in 2007. It's been $7 since 2012, the newspaper noted.

The GGNRA is also considering charging for parking at a parking lot at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge.

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