The John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail is a centerpiece of Maurice K. Goddard State Park, which spans more than 2,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania. The paved, off-road trail traces the northern and southern shores of the park’s Lake Wilhelm and on-road connections at either end complete a pleasant, largely wooded loop around the lake. In 2015, the trail was named in honor of the first secretary of the state’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
The trail on the lake's north side contains several sharp bends and short, steep runs that may more challenging for some, but there's a payoff with scenic vistas overlooking the water. Also, keep a look out for the many types of birds, such as geese, eagles, and ospreys, as well as other wildlife, that call the area home. Picnic areas are abundant and restrooms can be found at each of the four boat launches around the lake, which is popular for fishing.
In winter, snowmobiles are restricted to the north side of the lake and cross country skiers may use the south side.
The address of Maurice K. Goddard State Park is 684 Lake Wilhelm Road in Sandy Lake and the main parking area is on this roadway between the bridge and the park office. Additional parking lots are available at each of the park's four boat launches (along both shores) and at the park's marina.