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Goddard McKeever Guided Trail Hike

Saturday, July 22, 2017

10:00 AM to Noon

Come join us for a guided hike, and learn about the connection between two conservationists as well as more about "Leave no Trace" and the unique history of Maurice K Goddard State Park. 

This is a moderate to difficult trail, so please bring plenty of water and sturdy shoes! Registration is required, Please call 724-253-4833 for more information.

Wild Tea Party

Sunday, July 23, 2017

2:00 to 4:00 PM

Come join us for an afternoon tea party with teas from local wild plants. This is a free event, but registration is required, so please call 724-253-4833 for more information.

Full Moon Paddle

Monday, August 7, 2017

8:30 PM to 10:30 PM

Join us for a guided paddle by the light of the full moon! This is a free program, but registration is required. There are a limited number of boats available or you may bring your own. Call 724-253-4833 to register.

Music at the Marina

August 12-13, 2017

Music at the Marina





























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Maurice K. Goddard State Park

To view a slideshow of park photos, click on "Goddard Photos" at the top of the page.

Mercer County boasts a 2,800 - acre wonder — the lake, wetlands, fields and forests of Maurice K. Goddard State Park.

Lake Wilhelm marina at Maurice K. Goddard State Park

The park marina basks under a summer sun.

Named for the father of Pennsylvania’s state park system, Goddard is a perfect place for biking, fishing, boating, and picnicking. It’s also close to hunting opportunities at Gamelands 270 and hands-on learning at the McKeever Environmental Education Center.

Founded in 2002, the Friends of Goddard (or FROG) assist the park in many ways: They raise funds for special projects, help coordinate cleanups, and organize the annual Pioneer Frolic the last weekend in June. (The Frolic is a two-day colonial festival complete with reenactments, live music, children’s games, crafts, food, and more.) FROG's accomplishments include outreach activities at Venango County’s annual Earth Day event and donation of a shelter for the park’s 12-mile paved bike trail.



A wildlife educator demonstrates the grasping power of a hawk.

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Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic

Young reenactors cross wooden swords at the Pioneer Frolic.

The Friends of Goddard State Park meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 6:30 PM at the park office building. We are looking for people with all types of interests, including nearby landowners, boaters, birders, hunters, bikers, and others.The Friends of Goddard are a partner group with the Pennsylvania Parks and Forest Foundation (PPFF).


Milkweed and many other flowers grow wild at Goddard State Park.