Eastern North Carolina is home to many natural areas. From walking trails to biking trails, nearby parks and refuges offer endless opportunities.
Just six miles from Bath, where Goose Creek joins the Pamlico River, lies Goose Creek State Park. This beautiful State park offers picnic sites, a swimming beach, and eight miles of trails that guide visitors through a range of coastal landscapes. Oaks blanketed with Spanish moss give way to wetlands that extend towards the Pamlico Sound. The State Park also includes a visitor and environmental education center, where information on the natural habitat is explained with detailed exhibits.
Goose Creek State Park is also perfect to explore from the water in a kayak or canoe through coastal estuary and pine forests. A sandy swim beach, paddling launch and boat ramp at the park provides easy access into and out of the water. Goose Creek is an ideal location for visitors to the region who want to experience more of the natural biodiversity of Eastern North Carolina.
Alongside the fantastic hiking opportunities that surround Bath, there are several marked bike routes that pass through the area. Long country roads and interesting side trips make for a pleasant ride or a serious workout depending on your style. A great choice of bike trail for the more experienced biker is the Historic Bath Cruise. This 26.7 mile ride begins in Bath, and takes the rider on a trail through the countryside. Visit the North Carolina Bike Route’s website for more information on North Carolina bike routes.
Bicycles are also the perfect mode of transport for exploring Bath on land. The relatively flat landscape makes for easy and relaxing cycling conditions. Get to know Bath from a bike, and spend a day exploring some of the more historical sites in the town. The Palmer-Marsh house, St. Thomas Church, and Bonner’s Point are all easily accessible from the Inn.
Bicycles are available for rent at the Inn. Contact us today to learn more!