Duncan Memorial Park, more commonly referred to as “Duncan Woods”, is approximately 40 acres of unspoiled virgin forest between Lake Forest Cemetery and Sheldon Road. This beautiful park includes numerous walking trails, as well as picnic tables near the parking area.

Located off Sheldon Road, Duncan Woods is a beautifully wooded nature preserve of beech and hemlock trees. The park is enjoyed extensively throughout the year. A portion of the paved drive has been closed from car access which provides a primary walking area through the forested back dune. The park is popular year round.

Amenities and Facilities
• Paved Parking & Drive
• Rustic Walking Trails
• Scattered Picnic Tables
• Connected to trails in Mulligans Hollow

Robert Duncan came to Grand Haven in 1851 and established a law office on the second floor of the Henry Griffin Drug Store. Though the lumber industry was still in its infancy, Duncan was far-sighted enough to see that the area would soon be barren of all of it’s majestic old-growth trees. To save some of the trees for posterity, he purchased 50 acres of virgin forest which was at the time just outside of the village limits.

Glenn Eaton, a member of the first Duncan Park board, was appointed in 1954. He held the key to the gate on Lake Avenue and was considered its volunteer keeper, opening and closing it each day until the gate was permanently closed in 1973, making Sheldon Avenue the only entrance.

If you wish to learn more about this amazing piece of property please contact the City of Grand Haven


  • Payments Accepted

  • Hours

    Dawn to dusk
  • Cost(s)

    No entry fee. Wedding ceremonies allowed with permit from city.
  • Amenities

    Picnic Area, Natural Habit, Walking Trails
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