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Monica's Woods Preserve​

Monica's Woods encompasses three lots, 23.23 acres purchased from Ira M. Sakolsky and two lots of 12.56 and 8.41 acres donated by Marti Smith and Thomas P. Smith, Jr. Together these form the 44.2-acre Monica's Woods, named in memory of Ira Sakolsky's wife who loved spending time hiking through the woods of oaks, tulip trees, beeches, birches, maples, and many ferns.

Monica's Woods 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.

The trail through Monica's Woods is moderately difficult only because of the elevation changes. The preserve also offers opportunities for nature study, snowshoeing, birding, painting, photography, and other passive activities. The northwestern and western portions of this preserve are wetlands, rich with wildlife plus winterberry, summersweet, maple-leaf viburnum, and other wetland flora.

 

Access Monica's Woods from the Bloch Preserve trailhead on Southwinds Road in the Moodus section of East Haddam. Southwinds Road is off of East Haddam-Colchester Turnpike.

 
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Download our Bloch-Monica's Woods trail map with trails, driving directions, and more.