Goose Creek State Park is located in Washington, North Carolina and protects coastal plain near Pamlico Sound.
Goose Creek State Park is open year round and offers plenty of opportunities for family outdoor recreation. Families can enjoy fishing for bluegill, yellow and white perch and largemouth bass. Motorboats, sailboats and paddle boats are allowed on the waters and a boat ramp at Dinah's Landing provides access.
Families can hike together on the six trails within Goose Creek State Park. Ivey Gut Trail runs 2 miles through forest, while the Flatty Creek Trail a one mile loop that features boardwalks over wetlands. Goose Creek Trail is a 1.9 mile long path through a cypress swamp. The Mallard Creek Trail is 1.26 miles and follows Mallard Creek to a scenic overlook of the Pamlico River. There are two short hikes that are suitable for smaller hikers. The Palmetto Boardwalk Trail is a 0.7-mile boardwalk trail through a hardwood swamp and the Live Oak Trail is a short 0.4-mile trail past an old cemetery. A primitive campground offers 12 tent campsites for those families who want to camp overnight.
The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife. There are a number of bird species, including Barred Owls, and wild turkeys. Mammals living within the park include muskrats, raccoons, bobcats, white-tailed deer, gray foxes and black bears.