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Some Trails Remain Closed   

Flatty Creek trail remains closed indefinitely due to damages to the boardwalk from Hurricane Florence. Ivy gut trail has some boardwalk damage. Although Palmetto Boardwalk trail has damage at one end, it is partially open from the visitor center. All other trails are open.

 Last updated on: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Trails

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. 
 


Flatty Creek Trail
Location: Turns off of the Goose Creek Trail halfway through the primitive campground

Description:

The trail loops through an upland forest and incorporates short stretches of boardwalk across wetlands.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
orange triangle

Goose Creek Trail
Location: Runs from the campground at the mouth of Goose Creek to the Pamlico riverfront.

Description:

Boardwalks pass through black gum and cypress swamps.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
2.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
blue triangle

Huckleberry Trail
Location: Runs between Live Oak Trail and Mallard Creek Trail

Description:

The trail winds its way through patches of huckleberries and acts as a connecter-trail between Live Oak and Mallard Creek trails.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.20 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
white hexagon

Ivey Gut Trail
Location: Runs between the Main Road and Goose Creek

Description:

The trail winds through the forest and provides peeks of Upper Goose Creek through trees along the way.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
1.80 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
red triangle



Live Oak Trail
Location: Runs between the Main Road and the Pamlico River

Description:

The trail features a canopy of live oaks draped with Spanish moss. This loop-trail follows the shoreline of the Pamlico River for a short distance and then turns inland.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
red hexagon

2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889

252-923-2191
goose.creek@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.481853, -76.901410

 

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