Tenhave Woods Nature Trail

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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

birding

nature trips

walking

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.

hiking
26 days ago

walking
3 months ago

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.