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The boardwalk at Goose Creek State Park
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
 

252-923-2191

goose.creek@ncparks.gov
 

Address
 

Visitor center

2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889

GPS: 35.4818, -76.9014
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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

 

 

 

Educational programs

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. Drawing on their vast experience, the rangers present programs and activities that suit the unique needs of each audience. Groups should contact the park at least two weeks in advance to schedule a program. All programs are free of charge. Check the Events calendar for more information.

Goose Creek State Park's Environmental Education Learning Experience materials have been developed for grades 4 - 6 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Goose Creek program introduces students to wetland processes and functions and discusses how wetlands affect humans and the area's natural environment. The program also focuses on water quality, resource management, adaptations and stewardship. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

Exhibits

The environmental education and visitor center has the right tools to open your eyes to the natural world of wetlands! Visitors are greeted with the sights and sounds of a wetland as soon as they enter the lobby. Mounts of birds in flight along the corridor overhead and interactive exhibits with sounds of wetland animals add to the feeling of being right in a marsh or hardwood swamp. In addition, a five-minute film is available to introduce visitors to the park and its creatures.

Visitors can learn more about animals that live in the wetlands in the Discovery Room. Mounts, replicas and animal signs allow close-up study and encourage hands-on learning. The Discovery Room also has a bird observation station, a table with an excellent view of the bird feeders outside. Sit down and take a moment to see which birds stop by.