Goddard State Park

EASY 16 reviews

Goddard State Park is a 11.9 mile loop trail located near Sandy Lake, PA and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and road biking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

11.9 miles 663 feet Loop

dog friendly

road biking

trail running

walking

Paved multi-purpose trail around Lake Wilhelm. (11 miles) Early in 1954, Pennsylvania Forestry Association president Dr. Maurice K. Goddard wrote a letter to the new administration of Governor George Leader, suggesting things that needed to be done for forestry. Leader was impressed enough to appoint Goddard as his secretary of Forests and Waters and Goddard went on to serve twenty-four years under five governors, establishing the Department of Envirionmental Resources and building Pennsylvania's state Park system.. The 2,856-acre park that bears his name is dominated by Lake Wilhelm, a popular fishing and boating lake. The multi-purpose paved trail circuts the lake and, unlike many paved trails, is not flat. There are numerous short hills and dips that can make this a varied but not difficult bike ride. The north shore section of the trail has a number bridged stream crossings and more open fields and vistas than the southern shore. The trail on the south shore shares Creek Road for a distance.

2 months ago

4 months ago

Great trail. nice views. some fun ups and downs, but mostly flat.

5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike. Excellent views of the lake

walking
6 months ago

It was absolutely beautiful. Gorgeous views of the lake. I walked the whole thing with my 3 children. Stopped at the dam to have a picnic. Probably one of the best trials I've been on.

8 months ago

great loop trail. lots of wildlife and plenty of places to fish along the way

hiking
9 months ago

We did this one a couple years ago while visiting nearby.

hiking
10 months ago

A wonderful park. I did it two years ago.

canoeing
1 year ago

1 year ago

road biking
2 years ago

Very nicely maintained trail for hiking or biking. I saw eagles, a deer, a fisher (which I originally thought was a baby bear cub...) many rabbits, chipmunk, etc. IIf you're into birds, you will love this place. More unique birds and wildlife than I've seen on a trail in a long time. There are some hills which were difficult for me to make it up on my bike, but also some nice areas where you can coast and just relax. It took me two and a half hours to bike the entire 12 miles, but I stopped several times to take pictures and look at things.

walking
3 years ago

Great place to take your family and/or dog for a comfortable stroll. Definitely an easy trail because it is all paved, but it is well maintained and a good place for all ages to enjoy.

hiking
3 years ago

Very nice ride. Beautiful even in before the spring leaves pop. Well paved with mostly small hills and moderate curves. You won't be able to pick up a ton of speed because of the curves. Be sure to stop and check out the bald eagles from the observation area on the main road by the park. You can clearly see them flying and nesting.

road biking
4 years ago

Nice paved trail around lake. Very relaxing

road biking
4 years ago

road biking
4 years ago

Nice paved trail. Great for biking with one big hill on the south side and several hills on the north. I didn't have much trouble with them while biking, but I did a 1/2 marathon there this spring and the hills at the end took their toll! The Mercer County Trails association has more information on trails in this area.