What to do in Goose Creek State Park

This unique area offers unhurried creeks and the peaceful Pamlico River for fishing and swimming. Stately live oaks draped with Spanish moss form the perfect backdrop for outdoor relaxation.

Before European settlers arrived, the Secotan and Pamlico Indians occupied the area between Goose Creek and Bath. Later, well-known residents included several royal governors and Blackbeard the Pirate. During the last two centuries, life centered around commercial fishing, timber production and subsistence farming. Logging became the principal industry in the area. Evidence of these activities still exist throughout the park. The state acquired the land in 1974 after local residents took the initiative to have the area preserved.

A word of caution! Goose Creek is heavily infested with ticks during the warmer months. Insect repellent may help to prevent a tick bite and the possibility of disease. Tuck trousers into long socks and tuck a long-sleeved shirt into pants. Wear light colors so ticks may be easily spotted and removed. Check often for ticks. For other tips, contact park staff.

Park Hours: November-February 8 am-6 pm; March, October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Office hours: 8 am - 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

The park offers two observation decks along the Pamlico River providing panoramic views. There are over eight miles of well marked hiking trails, a large picnic area with 17 picnic tables, five grills and running water. Restrooms are located nearby. Two picnic shelters with four tables each and two grills with water fountains are available. Also, camping, fishing and swimming are favorite park activities.

A ranger is on duty year-round to provide interpretive programs for visitors. Special programs are available for groups upon request.
Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE) Booklet–Wetland Wonders-Grades 4, 5, and 6. Introduces students to wetland processes and functions and how these affect humans and the plants and animals adapted to live there. Major concepts covered include: wetland function and processes, water quality, resource management, habitat, adaptations and stewardship. This publication is available free of charge to North Carolina educators through an EELE workshop. Contact the park office for details.

Handicapped accessible facilities include: Parking, pathways, restrooms, picnic areas and a boardwalk leading through the swamp to an observation area. The park also has one accessible campsite with toilet facility nearby. The Environmental Education Center has an accessible boardwalk.

Goose Creek State Park is located in Beaufort County on the north side of the Pamlico River. From Washington, follow US 264 for 10 miles, then turn onto SR 1334 (Camp Leach Road) traveling for 2.5 miles to the park entrance.

Winter daytime temperatures average above 44 degrees Fahrenheit (7 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures range from 78 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (26 to 27 Celsius). The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 48 to 52 inches (122 to 132 centimeters).

2190 Camp Leach Road
Washington, NC 27889

Phone: 252-923-2191

Fax: 252-923-0052

Email: goosecreek@beaufortco.com
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