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Palmetto Boardwalk Trail

The boardwalk at Goose Creek State Park
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Prescribed Fire and Status of Trails   

Due to continued dry weather, there could be residual smoke from a prescribed fire on some trails, Tar-Kiln, Huckeberry, Mallard Creek, and main park road.

All day use areas, including trails and swim beach, close  ONE HOUR  prior to posted gate hours.

Most trails at the park are open, with the exception of trails that were already closed due to previous damage, Palmetto Boardwalk and Flatty Creek Trails. 

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 with a two night minimum. They are closed on Sunday for cleaning.

The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Last updated on: Friday, October 22, 2021

Palmetto Boardwalk Trail

Palmetto Boardwalk trail at Goose Creek State Park

The trail features a rambling boardwalk across a freshwater marsh. A junction with Tar Kiln Trail head can be found at the base of the boardwalk.

Trail Location: 
Boardwalk starts from the Environmental Education Center
Trail Length: 
0.50 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
easy hike
Trail Use: 
Handicap Accessible
Trail Surface: 

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



  • Please note that all other day-use gates, except the park's main gate, close 1 hour before the park hours listed below:
  • 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