Maurice K. Goddard State Park spans more than 2,000 acres in northwestern Pennsylvania, about 70 miles north of Pittsburgh. A centerpiece of the park is the expansive Lake Wilhelm, popular with anglers. A paved, off-road trail for biking and walking lines both its shores. On-road connections at either end complete a pleasant, largely wooded loop around the lake.
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 for rest and refueling, and restrooms can be found at each of the four boat launches around the lake.
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.
Our Favorite Trail
We tried this trail after a suggestion from a friend, what a great find. This has become our favorite loop. We started at the bike trail sign right past the marina. The trail is well shady with great views of the lake. The birds are beautiful will all ...
roller coaster trail
Love it! This is a smooth trail with lots of shade and a big loop. It's fairly well marked. It is NOT a rail trail. It has short steep hills and short steep drops and plenty of curves. Parts of it feel like a roller coaster ride. I rode it about a month ...
This is a great trail though we have not done the whole trail, just a few miles here and there. Both on bicycle and running. There are several different places to access the trail. This trail provides a great workout whether it's running or biking. It's ...