New Bern Outdoors

Lawson Creek Park

New Bern is a retreat for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers as there are countless outdoor activities to enjoy!

From biking, bird watching, boating, camping, fishing, golfing, hiking, hunting, paddling, running, to observing wildlife, and more…we have it all!

Nestled between the Neuse and Trent Rivers, New Bern is a haven for boaters, fishermen, and watersports fanatics! From large Marinas to off the path boat ramps, you’ll find them here!

Fishing is plentiful! Some of the water is brackish so you can catch both salt water and fresh water fish, but you may need both licenses, so check the fishing regulations.

Go Scuba Diving with Divin’ Dawgs, 801 Cardinal Dr., (638-3432)

Prefer paddling? Contact Sound Rivers (637-7972) for paddle trail maps and details about boating and fishing on our rivers.

The Croatan National Forest is a “Nature Lover’s Paradise” and it’s in our backyard! Discover carnivorous plants like the Venus flytrap, pitcher plant, sundew, along with other exotic plants. The Croatan spans approximately 160,000 acres. It’s home to black bear, deer, wild turkey, quail, coyotes, bald eagles, beaver, bobcats, porcupine, alligator, and other wildlife species. Visit the Ranger’s Station on Hwy 70 E (638-5628).

Check out the Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park off Broad Creek Rd.

Hunting/Fishing License Information (888-248-6834)

AeroShell Aerobatic Team to perform Night Show in New Bern

By WSCard | November 24, 2020
AeroShell Aerobatic Team

Saturday, December 5th The AeroShell Aerobatic Team will be in New Bern on Saturday, December 5th to perform a night air show. The show will be held over the Neuse River and can be viewed from Council Bluff Green, the Riverwalk, and Union Point Park. The event is scheduled to begin around 4:30 p.m. Admission is FREE! This event is sponsored by Wendy and Buddy Stallings. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team was founded in 1984. The team performs tight, awe-inspiring formation aerial maneuvers in front of millions of airshow fans all over North America. With Mark Henley, team lead; Bryan Regan, right wing; Steve Gustafson, left […]

City of New Bern Receives Grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Federation

By WSCard | November 23, 2020
City of New Bern

The City of New Bern is pleased to announce a grant award of $150,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) National Coastal Resilience Fund to continue its important work to create a Resiliency and Hazard Mitigation Plan and become a more resilient city. This federal grant, one of 46 awarded across the country, will allow the City of New Bern to continue the in-depth planning necessary to identify priority restoration sites with feedback from our residents and stakeholders. These funds will also be used to develop engineering and design plans for a nature-based infrastructure project to reduce flood […]

Drive-Thru Free Tree Event

By WSCard | October 30, 2020
Free Trees

Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Lawson Creek Park, 1309 Country Club Road in New Bern New Bern Parks and Recreation is a proud partner of the Arbor Day Foundation. The drive-thru FREE TREE EVENT is made possible by partnership with Arbor Day Foundation and International Paper. To register, visit our parks & recreation page online at NewBernNC.gov. Advance registration is recommended. Trees will be given away in 5-gallon containers. Information will be provided on proper planting, pruning and general tree care. 11 different species of trees will be available to choose from. Limit one tree […]

Alfred Cunningham Bridge in Downtown New Bern Changing Schedule

By WSCard | September 28, 2020
Alfred Cunningham Bridge

City of New Bern worked with NCDOT & the U.S. Coast Guard to amend schedule after complaints Effective Friday, October 16th, the Alfred Cunningham Memorial Bridge in downtown New Bern will operate on a new schedule. It was added as § 117.843 in the federal registry last week. The new schedule will be as follows: (a) The draw of the U.S. 70 Bridge, mile 0.0, at New Bern: (1) Shall open on the hour and the half hour from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., except during the times authorized in accordance with (a) (2) of this section. (2) Shall remain closed from […]

Alzheimer’s Association Invites New Bern Residents to Join 2020 Walk to End Alzheimer’s

By WSCard | September 22, 2020
Walk to End Alzheimer's

Participants will Continue to Walk as Individuals, Families or Small Teams on Sidewalks, Tracks and Trails across Craven County in Wake of COVID-19 The Alzheimer’s Association – Eastern North Carolina Chapter is inviting New Bern residents to join the fight to end Alzheimer’s by participating in the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® on Sunday, October 25. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s – New Bern continues, but instead of hosting a large gathering, the Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging participants to walk as individuals or in small groups on sidewalks, tracks and trails across Craven County. “This year’s Walk to End […]

Fall Heritage Plant Sale

By WSCard | September 22, 2020
Fall Heritage Plant Sale

Garden Lovers’ Weekend at Tryon Palace Want to take home some of that fall blooming splendor? The Fall Heritage Plant Sale will be held Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10, on the Daves House Lawn just inside the Palace main gate. This annual plant sale offers a selection of plants grown locally and in the Palace’s nursery yard, as well as a wide variety of perennials, herbs and other fall favorites. The Fall Heritage Plant Sale will be open Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Supplies are limited so come early for the best selection. By […]

Living in New Bern and Beyond – Episode 155

By WSCard | September 7, 2020
New Bern Now Podsquad - Episode 155

Peace Parks, Reducing Stress, Butterflies, Real Estate and Community! We’re connecting you with the community by talking about the people, places, and local resources in New Bern, NC and surrounding areas! The Podsquad: Talina Massey (Business Savvy), Susan Moffat-Thomas, Colleen Roberts (City of New Bern) and I talked about all kinds of things related to living in the greater New Bern area. We were joined by Special Guests: Aimee Schulze, Chris Wagner, and Lori Favre. Watch: Listen:  Show notes: 00:51 – Trivia Contest Question 1:17 – Congratulations, Talina Massey, 52 Faces of Community 2:10 – Brain Tap – Boost […]

Neuse River/Flanner’s Beach Campground – Great Place to Relax

By WSCard | August 31, 2020
Flanner's Beach Campground

Getting back to nature can help as a much-needed distraction during these crazy times as long as we camp responsibly when it comes to combating the virus. The campsites at Neuse River/Flanner’s Beach (NR/FB) are nestled among pines and hardwoods and are well-spaced between other campers. Camping is a chance for you to see wildlife in their natural habitat. Why watch someone else’s experiences online when you can have your own? They don’t compare! The campground also has walking and biking trails. If you open your mind, it may help you engage with your senses. Somehow cooking over the campfire […]

Things to Do in New Bern: The Great Outdoors

By WSCard | August 21, 2020
Island Creek Trail

Although the virus is spreading in our community, it’s important to get outside! The most important reasons: – Getting outside can open your mind to the natural world. Smell the flowers, enjoy the sights and sounds around you. Reset your mind by unplugging from technology. – Our body needs vitamin D for bone health and the best way to get it is from moderate levels of sunlight on our skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, ”It doesn’t take much sun exposure for the body to produce vitamin D. Even committed proponents of unprotected sun exposure recommend no more than […]

Virtual Field Trip to Island Creek Forest Walk

By WSCard | July 27, 2020
Don Ostler, Carol Ostler and Michael Schachter

Here’s your chance to explore the Island Creek Trail! The Carolina Nature Coalition (CNC) takes you on a virtual field trip to Island Creek Forest Walk in the Croatan National Forest (CNF). Don Ostler narrated the episode and Carol Ostler and Michael Schachter highlighted areas of the creek and forest. Don emphasized the importance of the Island Creek area. “It is ecologically significant as it contains coastal mixed hardwoods and conifers; basic streamline habitat along with rare plants, diversity of birds; and the largest outcropping of marl in Eastern NC. Marl is a combination of fossilized shells and limestone which […]