Lake Wilhelm

Route: Creek Road in Mercer County near Sandy Lake

Although the Lake Wilhelm Scenic Byway is only 6.4 miles long, it packs lots of fun in a short distance. The Byway follows part of the paved bike trail around the 1,860-acre lake in Maurice K. Goddard State Park, a wonderful place to play for hikers, picnickers, bicyclists, and anglers.

There's a marina for sailors and powerboaters, and birders will enjoy the wonderful views of ospreys, bald eagles, and waterfowl from the observation platform near the marina. Nearby Sugar Lake is another must-stop for gorgeous scenery and wildlife. All along the way, roadtrippers can catch glimpses of the country life that makes the state the quintessential rural getaway.

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