Goose Creek State Park
Washington, NC 27889 United States 252.923.2191 http://www.ncparks.gov/goose-creek-state-park
Goose Creek is truly a beautiful park. Because of the close proximity to the Pamlico River, there is virtually no elevation change. Spanish moss drapes trees throughout the park but is most abundant in the swamp forests and along the creeks. Goose Creek is a haven for birds. The brackish marshes are home to marsh wrens, waterfowl, rails and several species of herons and egrets. Barred owls and red-shouldered hawks reside in the wooded swamps and shrub thickets.
In cooler weather, the nearby Pamlico Sound is a major wintering area for waterfowl. Ducks, including bufflehead, scaup and ruddy ducks, enjoy the open water adjacent to the park. In addition, black ducks, mallards and wood ducks inhabit the creeks and swamps. Tundra swans and Canada geese also winter in the area and have been seen on occasion at Goose Creek. Frogs, turtles and snakes enjoy the wetlands of Goose Creek.
A variety of other animals, including gray squirrels, opossums white-tailed deer, and rabbits find food and protective cover throughout the park. The tracks of elusive bobcats, black bears, gray foxes and red wolves testify to the presence of these rarely encountered creatures.
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