Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Goose Creek State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a trail I want to like, but just can't bring myself to give a positive review. I'm giving it two stars because the views and the atmosphere were actually very nice, and it is a very pretty place to visit in Eastern NC. However, that's the only positive thing I can say about this trail. I began hiking the bridge but quickly found out that it was completely broken about 3/4ths of the way through. There was no signage or notice indicating this before I began, so I had to turn back. I attempted to pick the loop back on up the Ivey Gut trail by driving around the boardwalk and parking in the lot nearest that trail. Upon getting no more than 1 mile in, I started to notice more issues. The second bridge I encountered was also broken, and precariously crossed it hoping the next one would be open. As I continued on the trail I realized I was being attacked by fireants, as I stepped on a hill without even realizing it since the trail was so covered and un-maintained. There were fallen branches and twigs all over the place, and I was constantly having to move around them or over them. I can't say I'll be returning here, at least not until they start maintaining their trails. I understand this area is prone to hurricanes, which might explain why the bridges were out, but they could have had one employee walk the trails and clear out all the fallen branches etc, seeing as the last hurricane was 2 months ago. They clearly put all their money into camping cabins that appeared to be brand new, so they are probably trying to focus on bringing in more revenue instead of focusing on the trails. Side note: bring bug spray, this place is essentially a swamp/lowland so there are plenty of mosquitos and noseeums to go around.

Great trail other than the palmetto boardwalk being out. Easy trail for a longer distance hike or trail run with several view points of the Pamlico.

Nice easy hike some parts of boardwalk were damaged

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3 months ago

covered in tiny ticks, over 50 at least. Avoid during tick season

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bridge out
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3 months ago

Recommended for light trail work. I went on a weekday. There was no other traffic besides myself & my dogs. I used Ivy Gut Trail as an introduction for my dogs into hiking. Soft trail. Beautiful trail views. Plenty of shade. Quiet. A few of the bridges were washed out but you can walk around them. Would definitely return.

30 lb pack weight

very good considering the amount of rain recently

recent fire

Great hike. Loved it

It is flat land. Good camping spots near the water. Bugs are bad in summer. We go in spring time late March or April and fish/ tent camping.

This as a great area to hike. The design of the trails is fantastic so that there are 7 individual trails that can all be done individually. Or you can link multiple together for longer walks. You cover marsh. Swamp. Waterfront. Forest. So much variety in this park you can easily spend half a day here and the go to the swimming hole to finish out.

Nice leisurely hike....saw a doe in the marsh and maybe a fox.....going back in June to camp

Beautiful scenery and an easy, sand strewn trail that parallels the Pamlico Sound. If you live in Greenville or the surrounding area and have a couple hours to kill, I’d recommend it.

Hiked this with a few of my friends a few months ago it was beautiful and I did a trail run lots of fun will come back for camping sometime.

I really enjoyed the hike. Beautiful scenery

Easy relaxing hike. Some areas were wet and very muddy so we had to make some “bridges” to get across without sinking in the mud. Beach area is a cute area and perfect to picnic at.

Great trails through the woods and the boardwalk across the swamp is incredible. Watched a muskrat from about 10 feet away for 20 minutes. The beach where the river opens up is beautiful as well. Great place to spend several hours.

Beautiful scenery. Casual as you want.

An oasis tucked away a few miles outside downtown Washington, NC. No idea why trail running isn't tagged because I think it's the best activity for this series of linked trails. They host 5 / 10 mile races in November. Terrain is flat / low difficulty, well cleared and marked. The maps are good for navigating and tying the 6 or 7 different trails together. Trails consist of dirt, leafs, pine needles, tree roots, some rock and decent mud after rainfall plus several strips of boardwalk (one that must be at least a half mile long), which can be slick after rain or early morning dew. Incredible scenery from the thick pine barrens to views of the river, swamps, creek and bay. I think late fall / winter are the most ideal times of year since there's next to no bugs.

Nice, well maintained trails and great swamp scenery. A lot of wildlife to see out here too. Recommend for anyone in the area, but bring plenty of bug spray!

Great hike. Make sure you bring waterproof hiking boots or at the very least some clean pairs of socks. We had to remove our shoes and walk through some pretty big puddles on the flooded parts of the trails where we couldn't make impromptu bridges out of fallen trees and logs. Although, we walked it after a tropical storm moved through the area, to be fair. We had fun though, it made for a great adventure. And bring bug spray, those damn yellow flies are vicious, blood-thirsty devils.

I like hiking and camping, I think this park is awsome.

This is a great series of trails interconnected, so you can make it as long as you want. Trails are clearly marked. There is a nice secluded pier is you stay to the left on the Mallard Creek trail. Small sandy beach at the live oak trail. This would make a great trail run if you are a runner saw a hawk and snapping turtle right invite trail. You can also bike this.

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