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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
     

 

 

 

List of 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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
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 hike
Blaze:
red hexagon