Goose Creek State Park

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Goose Creek State Park

North Carolina

(252) 923-2191

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Things To Do

Overview

Giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss welcome you to this special world where broad, lazy Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River. A primitive camping area, picnic sites, swim beach and hiking and paddling trails offer a variety of ways to savor the tranquil surroundings at Goose Creek State Park. Goose Creek is conveniently located between historic Bath and the original Washington. Unwind and soak up the peacefulness; a hectic pace is not permitted. Eight miles of hiking trails meander through the estuarine areas of Goose Creek State Park. The diversity of wetlands ranges from freshwater and brackish-water marshes to black gum and cypress swamps. Large stands of pine and mixed forest provide cover for a variety of birds and land animals. Tall, overhanging trees lining the creek banks and graceful water birds create a peacefulness best experienced by canoe or kayak. The opportunities for learning at Goose Creek State Park are abundant. There is a wide array of ranger-led programs available to families and organized groups. The park's Environmental Education and visitor center houses educational exhibits, a wet lab with microscopes and video projection equipment, and a multipurpose auditorium. A short walk from the center, a screened-in outdoor classroom sits among the towering trees of a mixed forest. Two interpretive trails lay in close proximity. Park rangers attend workshops and receive other training to earn the professional accreditation of Certified Environmental Educators.

Map of Goose Creek (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.474287, -76.912668

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Activities

  • Boating

    The boat ramp at Dinah's Landing on the west side of Goose Creek is conveniently located near the Pamlico River. Motorboating and sailing are popular activities. Tall, overhanging trees lining the creek banks and graceful water birds create a peacefulness best experienced by canoe or kayak. Day users can access Goose Creek from Dinah's Landing while overnight campers can put in at the end of the campground road.

  • Bicycling

    In all parks, bicycles are permitted only on those trails or other park areas specifically designated for their use. Bicycle riders under age 16 must wear a helmet.

  • Camping

    A primitive family campground is located between Goose and Flatty creeks. Twelve well-spaced tent sites amid towering pines include vehicle parking, tables and fire pits. Toilet facilities and water spigots are available along the campground road. Group camping is also available by reservation.

  • Fishing

    Fish in the creeks or the river; there are plenty of fresh and saltwater fish, especially in warmer weather. Species include largemouth bass, bluegill, and white and yellow perch. State fishing licenses are required and the rules of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Marine Fisheries apply.

  • Hiking

    Eight miles of hiking trails meander through the estuarine areas of Goose Creek State Park. The diversity of wetlands ranges from freshwater and brackish-water marshes to black gum and cypress swamps. Large stands of pine and mixed forest provide cover for a variety of birds and land animals.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Motorized vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and not permitted on park trails.

  • Picnicking

    The park includes three picnic areas with tables, grills, and other facilities. Picnic shelters may be used on a first-come basis or, to ensure availability, reserved for a fee.

  • Water Sports

    Follow a short path from Parking Lot #2, through the Main Picnic Area, to the designated swimming area. A sandy beach offers access to the shallow waters of the Pamlico River. The swimming area is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day free of charge. Please be aware that there are no lifeguards on duty.

Directions

Driving

Goose Creek State Park is located in Beaufort County on the north side of the Pamlico River. From I-95, take US 264 east. After driving through Washington, follow US 264 east for 10 miles. Then turn right onto Camp Leach Road and travel 2.3 miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(252) 923-2191

Campground reservations

(877) 722-6762

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