Above Surry Village, Patten Stream leaps and meanders through 41 acres of conservation property. The parking area is connected to the South Loop Trail, which is connected to the North Loop Trail by a short spur trail. Total distance for a round trip hike of both loops is 1.5 miles.
The South Loop Trail, starting at the south end and traveling clockwise, goes along the top of the slope offering occasional glimpses of the stream as it winds closer and closer to the water’s edge, incorporating a combination of forest and abandoned woods roads. Upon reaching the shoreline, the view of the stream is dramatic due to the presence of large boulders that rest both in the stream and along its banks.
The spur trail connecting the North and South Loops starts in a stand of spruce and fir. This spur follows an old skidder path.
The North Loop Trail moves in a clockwise manner heading northwesterly around the shelf of a large rock outcropping before heading along the shore of Patten Stream for several hundred feet and coming to a small foot bridge. Crossing the bridge, the trail briefly accesses a small mid-stream island populated with a stand of Red Oaks before crossing back over to the shoreline at the island’s northern point. Traveling along the shoreline, the trail reaches an elongated point that offers spectacular views of the stream in both directions. From this point the trail turns right and begins to traverse a side slope rising in elevation. The trail follows the old road bed for a short distance before looping back to the junction of the spur trail that connects with the Southern Loop.
In spring, look for abundant spring ephemeral flowers and nesting song birds.
Patten Stream (Surry): From Blue Hill take Route 172 toward Ellsworth. After passing through Surry Village, turn left onto Warren Lane. The property is on the west side of Warren Lane in Surry. Turn left into large parking area.