Goose Creek State Park is closed until at least Monday, September 24. Flooding and other damage could extend this closure for a longer period, so please continue to check our website for updates.Posted on: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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.
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.
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.
Remnants of the longleaf pine naval stores industry of the 1800s and early 1900s are still evident here.