Goose Creek State Park

Hiking Trails


Swim Beach


About the Park

Map of North Carolina with a star indicating the location of Goose Creek State Park

Located in Beaufort County 34 miles southeast of Greenville, Goose Creek State Park offers a broad range of coastal experiences, from wetlands along the Pamlico River to a cypress swamp viewed from a long boardwalk. Remnants of boat piers, a trackless railroad bed, and burnt remains of tar kilns provide a glimpse of the heyday of a lumber industry that was once the center of life in the area. The park's estuarine habitats can be explored on foot or by paddling the Pamlico River. 


  • Camper cabins
  • Tent sites
  • Trailer and RV sites (all with electric, water, and sewer hookups)
  • Group tent sites
  • Showers
  • Firewood


  • Hiking (8.5 miles)
  • Paddling
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Picnicking


  • Boat ramp
  • Amphitheater
  • Auditorium and outdoor classroom
  • Picnic shelters
  • Visitor center and exhibits
  • Beach access (river)
  • Bathhouse

Plan Your Visit


2190 Camp Leach Road, Washington, NC 27889

GPS: 35.4818, -76.9014


Current Weather

27889 Washington, NC

Park Hours

Tab/Accordion Items

Please note that all other day-use gates, except the park's main gate, close 1 hour before the park hours listed in the table:

Month Hours
January 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
February 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
March 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
April 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
June 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
July 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
August 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
September 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
October 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
November 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
December 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Photo Gallery

Column Paragraph

Top: Goose Creek, from the Ivey Gut Trail, K. Bischof

Gallery: Spotted turtle, M. Strnad  |  Palmetto Boardwalk, C. Peek  |  Sunset from primitive camping area, N. Crider |  Tree hanging over the beach of Pamlico River, C. Peek  |  Snowy park road, staff photo