Eager to explore more of North Carolina’s natural wonders, my better half and I headed to Goose Creek State Park for a weekend camping trip. The park boasts a very unique biodiversity with brackish marsh along the Pamlico Sound transitioning to swamps further inland. With a swimming beach along the Pamlico Sound, eight miles of trails for hiking or running, and scenic and sparsely traveled rural roads surrounding the park, it’s also a great place for multisport training. And a great place for multisport racing, too; several of the other campers were in town for the annual kayakalon.
The friendly and knowledgeable park rangers and informative visitor’s center gave us an authoritative lesson on the natural habitat shaped by hurricanes in this tiny portion of the state. Thanks to a run-in with an early-morning birdwatcher, we also learned a good tip if you’re looking to see an osprey: look for a tall, skinny dead tree with a really weird thing on top. She generously lent her binoculars to allow us a close-up view of an osprey nest with its architect/constructor sticking up out, which was unfortunately just a little bit too far away from the boardwalk for us to snap a decent photo with our camera.
With our first visit in the books, we’re looking forward to a return trip down the road.