Goose Creek State Park Cabin Getaway
Running along the lower Pamlico River in eastern North Carolina, Goose Creek State Park has added 6 cabins to their camping lineup. Glamping awaits in all of its heated and air conditioned glory.
If you've been following us, you know that we have a long history of tent camping. However, for this trip to North Carolina's Goose Creek State Park, we couldn't resist the temptation of trying out their brand new cabins and hiking the trails. The off season rates, low humidity, and unseasonably warm December temperatures were just icing on the cake for our first glamping adventure.
Our first trip to Goose Creek State Park was in 2017, shortly after two hurricanes had devastated the state's coast. Much of the park still showed the aftereffects of the storms - closed trails, downed trees, and eroded beaches. That November trip was fantastic, but under a gloomy November sky more typical of early winter in North Carolina. Fast-forward three years to 2020 and we found ourselves in familiar territory while marveling at the new addition of six fanciful cabins on the property as well as 22 generous RV campsites complete with full hookups.
FYI: Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times - no entering or exiting after hours.
Goose Creek State Park Camping Cabins
The $35 per night, off-season cabin rates tempted us away from our tent-camping ways, so we booked a one-night weekend stay at the last minute. The trick here is to wait until the 7-day window opens up to see if they have any one-night reservations available - otherwise you are committed for a minimum of two on weekends & holidays. However, you also risk not getting a cabin. Flexibility is key.
- Check-in 4pm; check-out 11am. Early check-in available, depending on reservation and cleaning schedule.
- $58/night Apr 1 to Oct 31; $35/night Nov 1 to Mar 31
- One ADA accessible cabin available
The six identical, keyless entry cabins feature a queen size bed in the main room and a two sets of bunkbeds in the second room for a full occupancy of 6. All of the cabins have vaulted ceilings to make the tight quarters feel spacious. In addition, the camping cabins include heating and air conditioning, ceiling fans, two desks, and plenty of outlets for charging the devices of modern families. The interior finishes are all designed to be low-maintenance - cement floors and bead board walls - but they in no way detract from the cabin experience.
- Bring your own pillows and linens (or sleeping bags).
- No bathroom or sinks in the cabins.
- No smoking or pets, except service animals, allowed in cabins.
The Goose Creek State Park architects even took into consideration the park's recent history with hurricanes and included working shutters and metal roofing which only serve to enhance the structure's charm. A covered front porch with twin Adirondack chairs encourage you to slow down - perfect for your evening tea or morning coffee.
The spacious area surrounding the cabin allows for plenty of privacy in an otherwise sparse landscape and includes a crushed rock patio, picnic table, fire pit, and charcoal grill. With time, we hope the park plants some privacy shrubs and allows nature to provide some needed shade.