About This Area
Nestled in the Kettle Creek valley lands, Dan Patterson is a popular picnic spot that offers an abundance of shade trees, a rentable picnic pavilion, a playground, and an off-leash dog park. For those who enjoy history, the site is home to a restored log cabin, a replica water tower, and a windmill. The cabin was originally the home of Alexander Patterson, who emigrated from Scotland in 1834. Dan Patterson Conservation Area features two distinct hiking trail loops, the Old Growth Forest Trail and the Wetland Trail. The Wetland Trail features two lookouts for trail users to stop and enjoy the view of the wetland. The Old Growth Forest Trail takes users through the Kettle Creek Valley. Along the trail, you will find educational signage and a rock feature. No permit is required and parking is free.