Camping

Available Camping Facilities

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Goose Creek State Park offers two camping areas: a newly opened loop with RV campsites and cabins and a primitive tent campground located between Goose and Flatty creeks.

The RV camping area has 22 sites that all have full hook-ups (electric, water and sewer). One site is wheelchair accessible. Each campsite has a tent pad, a fire ring with grill, a picnic table and a lantern hook. A bathhouse is located near the loop entrance.

Further down at the end of Campground Road, 14 well-spaced campsites can each accommodate two tents and each provide a fire ring, grill, picnic table and lantern hook. Parking for two vehicles is located at each site. One site is wheelchair accessible. Water spigots and composting toilets are located nearby.

All tent, trailer and RV campsites allow up to six people per site.

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Six camper cabins are also available at the RV camping area. Each cabin can accommodate up to six people; one bedroom has a queen bed and the other has two sets of bunk beds. Campers must bring their own pillows and sleeping bags or linens, as these are not provided. The cabins have electric outlets and a heating and air-conditioning unit. There are no restrooms inside the cabin, and campers must use the nearby bathhouse and water spigots. A picnic table, fire ring, charcoal grill and a lantern hook are provided at each cabin.

One cabin, campsite #24, is wheelchair accessible.

Smoking is not permitted in any of the cabins. Pets, except for service animals, are not allowed. Each cabin has parking space for two vehicles only.

On weekends and holidays, a two-night minimum stay for cabins is required.

Cancellation Policy for Cabins

Please note that cabin reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

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Two primitive group tent sites are located near the end of the main park road and are open from mid-March through late November.

Each group site has two fire pits and two grills. Up to 26 people can occupy each site.

Flush toilets and water spigots are located nearby. Reservations are required.

Cancellation Policy for Group Campsites

Please note that if you need to cancel your group campsite reservations, you have until 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

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Important Information

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-in at Goose Creek State Park is 4:00pm and check-out is at 11:00am.

Some parks can accommodate early check-in or late check-out, depending on the reservation schedule and site availability. Please contact the park to make such arrangements: goose.creek@ncparks.gov or 252-923-2191.

Amenities

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on ReserveAmerica to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathhouses, or pit toilets, or has RV hookups; and learn other important information.

Gate Access

There is 24-hour access to the primitive and RV campgrounds. For after-hours access to group campsites, please contact the visitor center during regular business hours for access instructions. All gates to day-use areas, including picnic shelters, swim beach and trails, will close 1 hour prior to posted park hours.

Firewood

Firewood can be purchased at the park from the visitor center for $5 a bundle. Fires are permitted only in designated areas and must be tended at all times. Gathering firewood is prohibited.

Please don't transport firewood into our state parks because you could unknowingly spread dangerous insects and diseases and harm the forest. Purchase firewood locally or buy heat-treated firewood. For more information on how to have a risk-free campfire experience, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.

Making Reservations

All North Carolina state park campgrounds are designated for recreation only. A single campsite can be reserved for a maximum of 14 consecutive nights within any 30-day period. Upon reaching that limit, a camper must vacate the park for 16 nights before returning.

There is no long-term camping or monthly RV parking or storage at the park.

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

Changes and Cancellations

You can now cancel reservations online by logging into your account on ReserveAmerica. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel your reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

Same-day cancellations will incur an additional charge of one night's camping. You cannot cancel a one-night reservation on the same day. Same-day cancellations can be made only by calling the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call ReserveAmerica at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground, or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by ReserveAmerica to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.

No refunds are issued for "no-shows," early departures, or cancellations made after the arrival date.

Camping Rates per Night

All prices listed on the page include the $3 reservation fee.

Campsite Type Nightly Rate
RV campsite with electric, water, and sewer hookups $36
Primitive tent campsite $15
Primitive group campsites
(up to 26 people)
$45
Camper cabins $58

 

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

Campers 62 years old or older and any veteran or active military members are eligible for a $6 discount per night on most reservations (except group campsites). When making a reservation online, check the box for the discount program to apply it to your reservation. When you check in at the park, please make sure you have a valid ID with your birthdate or proof of military service or veteran status to confirm the discounted rate.

There are no other discounts or passes for camping.

Volunteer as a Campground Host

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Campground hosts "live in" the park and assist park staff in maintaining the campgrounds and in serving campers. They typically answer questions, provide directions to local amenities, and inform campers of the rules and hours of the campground. They may also help register campers when the visitor center or park office is closed for the day, or they may sell firewood.

Campground hosts serve as the point of contact between campers and on-call rangers. They would report incidents, suspicious behavior, and other situations that may need to be addressed by staff.

Campground hosts serve as volunteers, so they do not get paid. A volunteer work schedule will be arranged with the park's host coordinating ranger. Those interested in serving as campground hosts should be willing to work flexible hours and be prepared to work on weekends and holidays.

Hosts will stay on the host campsite free of charge. Campground hosts serve for 1 month.

Hosts need to be willing to learn about the operations and general information about the park and the local area, in order to effectively assist campers. They must follow and comply with all North Carolina State Parks rules and regulations.

Hosts with pets are permitted, but they must follow pet rules at all times: dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and they must be kept in the host's vehicle during quiet hours.