Tatson’s Woods Preserve is an inholding within a 475-acre farm of outstanding resource value. The surrounding farm is protected by an easement held by The Nature Conservancy. The 8 acres of the Preserve were donated to the Salem Land Trust in 2008, saving it from residential development and opening it to the public for hiking and study. It is an upland parcel within 2000 acres of unfragmented forest block near the center of the Eightmile River watershed, and drains entirely into an intermittent stream that feeds into the East Branch of the Eightmile River.
The .5-mile right-of-way through the easement land leads to the trails on the 8 acre Preserve which features stonewalls, woodlands with ancient trees and dappled glens, which show its history as once being part of a large colonial farm.
Dogs are allowed on leashes; no hunting or motorized vehicles
DIRECTIONS: 483 East Haddam Rd. (Rt. 82)
From Salem 4-corners: West, [toward East Haddam] on Rt. 82 for 2.2 mi. Entrance to preserve on the left. Parking is along Rt. 82 across from entrance. Preserve is approximately 0.5 mi. walk in from Rt. 82, along a marked right-of-way.