John C. Oliver Multi-Purpose Loop Trail

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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.

Parking and Trail Access

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.


Winter Ride

   February, 2016 by vicki1960

We took advantage of the 55 degree temps and headed to Goddard State Park for a ride on the John C. Oliver multi-purpose trail. Also gave us the opportunity to scope out the trail for the Half-Marathon which will take place in April. Sponsored by Mercer more

Beautiful fall ride

   October, 2015 by vicki1960

Nice fall ride in the park along the lake. Leaves were very pretty. Always a nice ride on this trail. read more

Never a dull ride!

   October, 2015 by vicki1960

We frequent this trail because we enjoy it. It's never a boring ride. Yes it is hilly, but it's a challenge! Nice loop around the lake. Picnic areas and restrooms (flush toilets) every few miles or so. You can ride your bikes across the dam. We more