Tenhave Woods Nature Trail

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Quickstad Park

Tenhave Woods Nature Trail is a 0.7 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Royal Oak, Michigan that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 3 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

Tenhave Woods Nature Trail consists of 22 fenced-in acres, located within the boundaries of Quickstad Park in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak, Michigan. Tenhave Woods was once part of an early settler’s (Goodwin) woodlot and most likely was never clear cut since 1824. Several types of heritage trees are in abundance here: oak, hickory, beech, and maple. A small pond is on the property. Wildlife such as squirrels, chipmunks, and rabbits can be seen. Be advised that some parts of the trail may become muddy during the winter and spring, and mosquitoes are prevalent during late spring through the end of summer. Dogs are not allowed.

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22 days ago

A true gem in the city. A must hike!

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24 days ago

I love Tenhave. You can do multiple loops to make it longer. It’s seriously a gem in the city. In the fall all the trees are bright yellow. Due to its location, 5 stars!

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28 days ago

Looks like a cool Park but they don’t allow dogs do it’s not worth the time for me.

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2 months ago

First nice day in a long time 60+ degrees! I hiked all the trails here, Fern and Swamp (aptly named) were both muddy. Over all a great day for a great hike!

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7 months ago

Very small patch of woods, perfect for small kids. Beautiful in the autumn. The whole park is surrounded by a less-than-friendly barbed wire fence and you have to enter through a huge metal turnstile next to lots of rule posts and signs...once you are inside it’s beautiful and peaceful.

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7 months ago

Had a great time going on a short walk/hike here. Nice small pond. It was raining today which is the kind of weather I like and explains why it was muddy. I didn’t know such a nice place was so close to home.

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8 months ago

In late September at 6:15 in the morning, this trail is very dark and fun.

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10 months ago

bring bug spray.

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Wed May 15 2019

Great retreat in the middle of the suburbs! So beautiful but currently pretty washed out

Mon Dec 31 2018

Very short trails in a small park. Nice for a quick days walk.

Wed Oct 24 2018

This little patch of woods is an Autumn delight. To create more challenge take every trail multiple times and hike in from home (neighboring Clawson) for added distance. Forest is peaceful and takes the mind to a slower chatter naturally as well as calms nerves and blood pressure. Lovely hidden gem. No mosquitoes in fall. Great for journaling near pond.

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Wed Aug 08 2018

This is an amazing place to explore, as it is on a piece of land that has been left untouched since the 1800's! The trails are beautiful, wonderful for a variety of skill levels, and really wonderful to experience the as the seasons change through the year. One particularly fun time to explore (if you are up for the challenge and fun!) is a specific time during the spring when some areas (not all) of the trails are covered with a few inches of water. Wear waterproof footwear or go barefoot like I did. Even my 3 year old enjoys hiking these trails through the shallow water. (Kids aside, the trails are great for anyone in the area looking for a good local hike. Add weight to your pack or distance to your hike, or pick up your pace to add challenge.) The reflections of the forest trees, plants, and canopy on the calm shallow water are dreamy, especially in the sunlight of springtime! In my experience, there is a very specific time in the spring after a lot of rain when this neat natural process happens, but 99% of the time the trails are water free. There is a beautiful pond (called Dragonfly Pond I believe) along the trails as well and I have spent many a day in just about every kind of weather and season (both alone and with others) hiking around and enjoying this really cool piece of forest preserved from our land's past.

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Sun Apr 22 2018

The north side towards Normandy (marked swamp on the posts) was mostly under water today. Rest of the trails were dry. Starting to see green leaves popping up through the leaf cover.

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Sun Mar 25 2018

Easy short walk—probably better to visit in the late spring or summer. In March there was little to see other than the small pond, which had a few ducks. Still, great little walk for kids and conveniently close.

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Wed Aug 16 2017

Tenhave Woods is managed by the City of Royal Oak Parks and Recreation Department and receives considerable assistance from the Royal Oak Nature Society. For guided walks and nature events, check out the Royal Oak Nature Society’s website. The main entrance to Tenhave Woods is through a turnstile that is located on Lexington Street. Parking is available in the school parking lot at the intersection of Lexington Street and Marais Avenue. Use is only during daylight hours, no dogs are permitted, and no picking of any flowers or plants. There are no entry fees or restrooms. The nature area was fenced in and the fence height increased to prevent deer from entering and eating desirable wildflowers. Dogs are not allowed since they have attacked wildlife and disturbed ground bird nesting areas. Some trees around the pond have been removed to allow pond life such as dragonflies to flourish, which has helped keep the mosquito population down. Since 1824, this area has not been under any cultivation and thus still has many of the original varieties of plants. This makes up for the trail’s lack of variety in terrain features, and its relatively short distance.

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