Goose Creek offers a civil way to explore a swamp. Eight miles of trail take you past estuaries and through fresh and brackish swamps that will remind you of your favorite 1950s monster movie thrillers. Paddling provides another perspective for observing the same, sometimes intimately (Goose and Flatty creeks), sometimes on big water (the Pamlico River, which is near becoming a sound at this point).

More info: Goose Creek State Park

Getting there from downtown Greenville
Address: 2190 Camp Leach Road
City: Washington
State: N.C.
Zip: 27889
Latitude: 35.4818
Longitude: 76.9014
Distance: 40 minutes from downtown
No. of campsites: 12
No. with hookups: None
No. without hookups: 12
Primitive sites: None
Reservations? Yes. 252.923.2191
Cost: $13
Year-round? Yes
Gate hours: Open daily at 8 a.m., closes at 6 p.m. November-February; 8 p.m. March, April, September and October; 9 p.m. May-August.
Stuff to do nearby: Hiking, paddling, fishing, swimming (seasonal)