Shop Reservations Newsroom

GO TO PARK

Trails


2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889

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

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.481853, -76.901410

 

November - February: 8am - 6pm
March - May, September & October: 8am - 8pm
June - August: 8am - 9pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily
Closed Christmas Day

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: Monday, September 9, 2019

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
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
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
Blaze:
orange hexagon

Upcoming Events:

Sunday, December 15, 2019 - 2:00pm
Saturday, December 21, 2019 - 10:00am
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 - 10:00am