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Bloch Preserve​

The 13.1 acre Bloch Preserve consists of two parcels purchased, respectively, in 2015 and 2018 from Philip J. Bloch and Anthony Bloch, and Phillip J. Bloch and Debroah A. Bloch. The preserve consists of mature woodlands of oak and hickory with an abundant understory of mountain laurel. 

Bloch Preserve was purchased, in part, with a State of Connecticut Department of Energy and the Environment Open Space and Watershed grant with remaining funds from individual donations made to the Land Trust's Land Acquisition Fund.

Bloch Preserve offers easy hiking as well as opportunities for nature study, snowshoeing, birding, painting, photography, and other passive activities. The trailhead of Bloch Preserve serves as the access point to Monica's Woods, an adjacent, larger preserve that offers moderately difficult hiking through varied elevations.

The Bloch Preserve is also part of the 99-acre Moodus Forest. This preserve encompasses the Town of East Haddam's Robbie Road Preserve, and East Haddam Land Trust's Monica's Woods, Bloch Preserve, and the Snell-Talbot Preserve. The Moodus Forest is jointly managed by East Haddam Land Trust and the East Haddam Conservation Commission.

The best parking for The Moodus Forest preserves is along Robbie Road. Future parking is also planned off of East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike at the Snell-Talbot Preserve. Pedestrian access via the Bloch Preserve is along Southwinds Road in the Moodus section of East Haddam.

Counting steps as part of your exercise routine? 
Preserve-like terrain averages about 2080 steps per mile. The length of each trail is listed on the printed maps for each preserve available at the trailheads and downloadable from the interactive trail map and from each preserve webpage.

Download our Bloch-Monica's Woods Preserve trail map or the Moodus Forest trail map with trails, driving directions.


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