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Current status of park facilities   

Most trails at the park are open, with the exception of trails that were already closed due to previous damage. Boat ramps at Dinah's Landing remain open. Parking is limited; please do not block the flow of traffic. Park gates close at sunset.

The swim beach remains CLOSED. Reservable facilities, such as the picnic shelter, auditorium, and outdoor classroom, remain closed.

Campsites, including group campsites, are open. Reservations are required and can be made online or by calling 1-877-722-6762. Camper cabins are open for reservations from Friday to Sunday only; they are closed on Monday to Thursday for cleaning.

The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020

Map of North Carolina – Goose Creek State Park

Contact the park



Visitor center

2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889

GPS: 35.4818, -76.9014



  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day




Things to do


The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.


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. Boating regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission apply. Visit NCSU's Paddle Trails website for more information about canoe and kayak routes near the park.


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. There is no fee for fishing at Goose Creek State Park.


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. For special needs access, please contact the park office. Paddlers must make arrangements to bring vessels with them, as there are none for rent in the park. Be alert to storms and always wear a life vest.


Follow a short path from the last two parking lots, 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. Water shoes are recommended.


Main Picnic Area: Located near the riverfront, this is a pleasant spot for lunch or dinner after a leisurely hike or a refreshing swim. In the midst of a mixed forest, the area is spacious enough to accommodate several families. A picnic shelter houses four tables, one of which is handicap accessible, with two adjacent grills. Eight open-air tables and three additional grills are placed throughout. Four additional tables are located nearby at the swim beach.

Flicker Field Picnic Area: Conveniently located across from the visitor center, the shelter here contains eight tables with two adjacent grills. One grill, as well as one of the tables, is handicap accessible. Four additional tables sit under trees at the edge of the open field, providing a perfect space for family activities such as kite flying or a game of tag.

Dinah's Landing: Before launching or at the end of a day of boating, rest and enjoy a snack at one of five tables near the boat ramp. One of the tables is handicap accessible, and three grills make it an inviting place to fix a hot dog or hamburger lunch.

Picnic shelters may be used on a first-come basis or, to ensure availability, reserved for a fee.

Area Attractions

Learn more about area attractions at the Washington, N.C. Visitors Center.