Goose Creek State Park is a great family day out in North Carolina if you just love getting out into nature.
Here, you can explore the park through eight miles of trails that will take you through a board range of coastal experiences. Kids can make their way past giant, old oaks draped in Spanish moss. You can experience the wetlands along the Pamlico Sound, or take in the view of the cypress swamp from the extensive boardwalk.
The best place to start on your adventure through Goose Creek State Park is the visitor and environmental educational center. It's here that you can check out a number of details exhibits outlining where you are, what you are about to see, and the best way to see it all!
If you want to take off those hiking boots for a bit and cool down, then spending some time at the sandy swim beach is your best bet! There's also a boat ramp and a separate paddling launch if you actually want to get out ON the water.
Also at Goose Creek State Park is a primitive camping area, as well as plenty of picnic sites. The small tent-oriented campground offers privacy and peace and quiet, yet gives you a base that is a short drive from the historic towns of bath and Washington in North Carolina.
A visit Goose Creek State Park allows you to explore, unwind, and soak up the beauty of nature. Grab those camera, walking shoes, and sense of adventure and let's go!
Free entry to enjoy the park
Same as adult
If you do want to fish, regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and Marine Fisheries apply. State fishing licenses are required.
Goose Creek State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. Call the park office for more information.
Pack yourselves a picnic and enjoy it in their picnic areas! You can reserve spots for a fee, otherwise free of charge on a first come first served basis
Some of the picnic tables are handicap accessible. Some of the trails have a boardwalk surface too, suitable for wheelchairs
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8am open. Close varies between 6pm and 9pm pending season. Office open 8am - 5pm daily
Closed Christmas Day.
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