Goose Creek State Park, Washington

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Goose Creek State Park is a North Carolina state park near Washington, Beaufort County, North Carolina in the United States. It covers 1,672acre just off of Pamlico Sound, in North Carolina's Coastal Plain. Goose Creek State Park is home to a wide variety of wildlife that make their homes in the extensive salt water marshes, inlets and creeks on the northern side of the sound. Goose Creek State Park is open for year-round recreation, east of Washington, two miles (3 km) south of U.S. Route 264 on Camp Leach Road.HistoryThe land in and surrounding Goose Creek State Park has long provided an abundance of natural resources for the people of the area. The first recorded inhabitants of the area were members of the Secota and the Pamlico, two Eastern Woodlands tribes. They were victims of widespread disease brought to colonial North Carolina by settlers from Europe during the 17th century. Most of the Indians that did not succumb to disease were killed or driven off during the Tuscarora War (1711–1715). Goose Creek and Pamlico Sound also provided shelter for pirates such as Blackbeard and Stede Bonnet.
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  • Walks, wildlife, swimming, boat ramps, kayaking, fishing, and nature programs. It's all here.......plus the mosquitos are free! Check the website for programming. This is gem of a low maintenence outl...  more »
  • Very nice state park with trails, a nice swimming area and a small museum/interpretive center. There are picnic shelters, and primitive bath houses and campsites. Being on the river, the trails are fl...  more »
  • We wanted to see what this park was like so we went. The park is huge and it took a while to get to the water where you can swim. If you go and have a lot to take down to the water, it is a long walk....  more »
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  • Visited in month of July and it was beautiful with lot of greenery and with some showers it was more beautiful, Met lot of dears and a turtle. A tree on the beach has a stem that extends all the way towards the water was fun for everyone.
  • Great place for camping. Mostly quiet except for some sporting boats driving close to the camp ground. The views are excellent and the visitors center has great exhibits. There is a lot of good information about the ecology in the area posted around the park and in the visitors center.
  • Take one of the trails down to the water. Very beautiful. You won't be disappointed. Suggest hiking the trails when it's not too hot and humid.
  • Great trails and views. We walked this park for a couple of hours yesterday and easily did 6+ miles. However some trails do need better signage because we walked in circles for some of it and had to follow the road. Would go again.
  • Beautiful place. Went on a ranger led bird and bike tour which was fun amd interesting. The ranger was aeesome and i learned a lot. Seeing my first Eastern Bluebird was a bonus!