Maurice K. Goddard State Park Multi-Use Trail

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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.

Reviews

Another nice ride

   July, 2015 by vicki1960

We rode in early July. The park ranger was out on the trail as well. We saw the Osprey in the nest. The trail goes all the way around the lake. Across from the causeway is a swamp and Eagles live in there. There were some birdwatchers and with their help, ...read more

As always, a great ride!

   May, 2015 by vicki1960

12 Mile trail loops around Lake Wilhelm in Goddard State Park. Trail is a variety of through the woods, out in the open, level and hilly. Two parking areas. One at the marina and another near the park office. Since it's a loop, you can park at either ...read more

Nice loop

   August, 2014 by mikeandvicki

The trail loops around Lake Wilhelm. It is far from flat! Rolling terrain, some level, some hilly. Nice variety. you can stop and look at the lake. There are rest rooms and picnic areas. Some areas of the trail are wooded, some out in the open. You can ...read more