Located just to the east of Washington, North Carolina, Goose Creek State Park is a beautiful state park perfect for year-round recreation. Whether you love hiking, paddling, swimming, picnicking, or camping, you're well catered for in this 1,672-acre park. And the best part is that your dog is more than welcome to camp out with you.
Approximately eight miles of hiking trails wind their way through the estuarine areas of Goose Creek State Park. So if you like exploring on foot, you can get up close and personal with everything from Spanish moss-draped oaks to a cypress swamp, and keep your eyes peeled for frogs, turtles, minks, muskrats, raccoons, and a variety of birdlife.
If you'd prefer to take to the water, a boat ramp at Dinah’s Landing on the western side of Goose Creek provides easy access. Motorboats, sailboats, and canoes/kayaks are all welcome, allowing you to navigate the waterways at your own pace.
Goose Creek State Park also features a sandy beach that offers access to the shallow waters of the Pamlico River. It's open from Memorial Day through Labor Day, but pets are not permitted in this area.
However, the good news is that your furry friend is allowed to join you at your campsite. The park offers a primitive family campground located between Goose and Flatty Creeks, with 14 tent sites dotted among huge pine trees. There are also two primitive group tent sites with tables, grills, and parking available.
Remember that your dog will need to be on a leash of six feet or shorter while in Goose Creek State Park, and must be attended and under control at all times. You'll also need to take care to dispose of your pet's waste.
Take care of these simple tasks and you and your dog can enjoy a relaxing nature escape that your pooch will absolutely love.