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Camping at Goose Creek State Park

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Location and Basic Info

Goose Creek State Park is located in North Carolina, USA, on the north side of Pamlico River. It offers a great outdoor experience with its mix of fresh water creek and saltwater marsh areas.

Camping Facilities

The park offers a range of camping facilities:

  • Primitive camping sites: These are rustic and located in wooded settings, often accessible by a short walk. They do not have water or electrical hookups, but they do provide a true back-to-nature experience.
  • RV camping: Some areas may be equipped to accommodate RVs, including spots with hookups for electricity and water, as well as a dump station.
  • Group camping: Larger sites are available for group camping, but these should be reserved in advance due to limited availability.


Camping amenities within the park include:

  • Picnic areas: These areas usually have picnic tables and grills.
  • Restrooms: Facilities with flush toilets and showers are available, but might be located a small distance from some camping areas.
  • Trails: The park has several trails ranging from easy to moderate difficulty, taking visitors through wooded areas, swamps, and along the river front.
  • Visitor center: Staff can provide information about the park, its trails, and wildlife. Educational exhibits are also available here.


Outdoor recreation: The park offers a variety of activities including:

  • Hiking: With a number of trails, hiking is a popular activity.
  • Boating and fishing: The park has accesses to Goose Creek and Pamlico River, making it an ideal spot for boating, canoeing, kayaking, and fishing.
  • Swimming: There is a designated swimming area in the park.
  • Wildlife viewing: The park's diverse ecosystems make it a wonderful place for birding and observing wildlife.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: It is strongly recommended to reserve your camping spot in advance, especially during peak season, as sites may fill up quickly.
  • Fees: There are fees for camping which vary depending on the type of site and facilities. Check the park's official website or contact the park directly for the most current pricing.

Rules and Regulations

  • Check-in and check-out times: Adhere to the park's designated check-in and check-out times.
  • Pets: Pets are typically allowed but must be kept on a leash and under control at all times.
  • Wildlife protection: Feeding wildlife is prohibited for your safety and the safety of the animals.
  • Fires: Fires are allowed only in designated areas or fire rings.
  • Alcohol: Alcohol consumption is often regulated within state parks, so be sure to understand the local policies.

Weather and Seasons

  • Best time to visit: The best time to visit Goose Creek State Park for camping would generally be in the spring or fall when the weather is mild.
  • Summer: Expect hot and humid conditions.
  • Winter: Winters are typically cooler, and some amenities might not be available.


  • Check if there are any accessible facilities for individuals with disabilities, as state parks usually have measures in place to accommodate all visitors.

Contact Information

For the most up-to-date information, it is best to contact the park directly or visit their official website. This will provide you with the latest news on any alerts, closures, or additional important information that might impact your camping experience.

Before heading to Goose Creek State Park, make sure to check the specific conditions, such as local wildlife warnings or any restrictions due to weather, as these can greatly affect camping plans.

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