Explore the most popular trails near Royal Oak with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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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.

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.

hiking
6 months ago

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.

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.

walking
Wednesday, August 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.

hiking
Tuesday, November 14, 2017