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The boardwalk at Goose Creek State Park
Current status of facilities at Goose Creek State Park   

Campsites are now open for reservations, with the exception of group campsites, which remain closed. All other reservable facilities are unavailable at this time.

The swim beach remains CLOSED.

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

All events and programs have been CANCELED until further notice.

 Last updated on: Saturday, May 30, 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. 
 


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

Description:

The trail takes visitors to a small overlook on Mallard Creek, where red-winged blackbirds, herons and egrets have been spotted. Tar Kiln Trail originates along this trail at about the half-way mark.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue hexagon

Palmetto Boardwalk Trail
Location: Boardwalk starts from the Environmental Education Center

Description:

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.


Surface: boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.50 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

Tar Kiln Trail
Location: Located between Mallard Creek and Palmetto trails

Description:

Remnants of the longleaf pine naval stores industry of the 1800s and early 1900s are still evident here.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
1.30 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
orange hexagon