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)

What’s What Around New Bern Weekend Edition — June 24 – 27, 2021

By WSCard | June 24, 2021
Shop Class New Bern

Good morning, New Bern Now Readers! Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in and around town. Pic of the Day: Maurice “Mo” Howland and Gator at Shop Class, DIY Community Workshop, in New Bern, NC Bear Outlook Via National Weather Service Today: Sunny, with a high near 82. Light northeast wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Tonight: A slight chance of showers between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Northeast wind around 6 […]

MumFest is returning to Downtown New Bern in 2021

By WSCard | June 23, 2021
MumFest 2021

Excitement builds for award winning festival Swiss Bear, Inc., the Main Street organization for the City of New Bern, is happy to announce that MumFest 2021 will be on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th. This year’s festival will return with its normal layout and experience. It will be similar to previous years with over 175 artisan and food vendors, live music and entertainment, beer gardens, as well as a carnival experience with family-friendly games and amusement park rides. Last year’s reimagined event, “MumFeast!” will also return the weekend of October 15th and 16th to include street cafes, artisans, […]

What’s What Around New Bern – June 23, 2021

By WSCard | June 23, 2021
Playground at Glenburnie Park

Good morning, New Bern Now Readers! Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in and around town. Pic of the Day: Family enjoying the Playground at Glenburnie Park Bear Outlook Via National Weather Service Today: Partly sunny, with a high near 78. Northeast wind 9 to 11 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 62. North wind 5 to 8 mph. Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. The Sun will rise at 5:55 a.m. and set at 8:26 p.m. For Boaters and Fishermen: Click here for Eastern NC tides, winds, water […]

Sound Rivers Swim Guide Report – June 11, 2021

By WSCard | June 18, 2021
Sound River Swim Guide Report for June 18, 2021

All sites in the Upper Neuse/upper Tar-Pamlico watersheds tested at levels safe for recreation, according to state and federal standards. Three sites in the Lower Neuse tested positive for E. coli at levels unsafe for recreation, exceeding state and federal standards: at Pollocksville, Midyette St., and Pierce Creek in Oriental. All sites along the Tar-Pamlico tested at levels safe for recreation. We recommend using caution while recreating in these waters over the weekend. Have fun and stay safe folks! Be sure to check the Swim Guide every Friday for updated water quality results! Visit for more information! Via Sound Rivers

New Bern’s 4th of July Festivities

By WSCard | June 11, 2021

The City of New Bern has planned a festive 4th of July celebration and fireworks show and is inviting residents and visitors to join us at Lawson Creek Park, located at 1309 Country Club Road. The fun begins at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4th with live music, food, and games and ends with a fireworks show at approximately 9:15 p.m. Lawson Creek Park will be open all weekend as a picnic area and fireworks viewing location. On Sunday, beginning at 5:30 p.m., food trucks, fun and games will be set up inside the park. At 6:30 p.m., the Jan Michael Fields […]

Sound Rivers Swim Guide Report – June 11, 2021

By WSCard | June 11, 2021
Sound River Swim Guide Report for June 11, 2021

The NEUSE sites of Oak Bluff Rd, Havelock Boat Ramp, Rice Creek, Cowpen Landing, Midyette St, Pierce Creek, Buffaloe Rd, Milburnie, Anderson Pt, Clayton River Walk, and Smithfield Town Commons and TAR-PAMLICO sites of Havens Garden, Masons Landing, Yankee Hall, Port Terminal, Town Commons, and Sunset Park failed recreational water guidelines for fecal bacteria this week. All sites on the lower Neuse are clear. Happy Swimming! Be sure to check the Swim Guide every Friday for updated water quality results! Visit for more information! Via Sound Rivers

North Carolina Symphony Returns to New Bern with Free Outdoor Concert

By Helen Merritt | June 11, 2021
North Carolina Symphony

  Live music has returned in North Carolina—and this month the North Carolina Symphony is thrilled once again to perform free concerts in Chapel Hill and New Bern through the annual Concerts in Your Community series.  The orchestra performs on Tryon Palace’s South Lawn in New Bern (hosted by Tryon Palace and the North Carolina History Center) on Thursday, June 24. At this summer’s free program, NCS Associate Conductor Wesley Schulz will lead the Symphony in music perfect for a fun and relaxing summer night, from the country-inspired “Hoe-Down” from Copland’s Rodeo, to Rossini’s whirlwind overture to the opera The […]

Tryon Palace Celebrates Pollinator Week June 21 – 27

By WSCard | June 9, 2021
Pollinator Week

Tryon Palace and International Paper in celebrating National Pollinator Week, June 21st through 27th. Celebrate bees, butterflies, and pollinator plants throughout the week with special tours, a free movie showing, and informative posters and items to take home.  Learn about our pollinator plants and initiatives in the Tryon Palace gardens and information on how you can help pollinators in your own garden. Pollinator Garden Tours will be offered daily at 10:00 am, beginning at the Waystation, Monday June 21 through Friday, June 25th.  The special tours are available with purchase of any Tryon Palace admittance ticket; One-Day, Galleries or Garden Pass.  At 10:00 am on […]

In the Weeds: Possible signs of trouble

By WSCard | June 5, 2021
In the Weeds - June 5, 2021

We caught our neighbor checking out the garden and he was amazed that we actually had peppers and tomatoes. He popped a red cherry tomato in his mouth, next was the yellow. A man of few words, he said, “Wow, that’s a sweet one. Now I’m ready for a salad”. Everything is still growing, and we harvested many firsts this past week. First: hot banana pepper, yellow cherry tomatoes, and a large red heirloom tomato. Wendy lost the ‘Who’s gonna get the first blueberry of the day’ game against the birds, but hope is not lost. Mickey in Seattle recommended […]

Golf Tournament at Carolina Colours – Register by June 7

By WSCard | June 5, 2021
Carolina Colours Golf Club

You can be a Member for the Day, bring a guest and join us on June 21 at Carolina Colours Golf Club for a fun tournament. The fun starts at 8 a.m. with registration and the range opening. We will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and there will be prizes and lunch. This will be a two-person team event with flights for men, women, and mixed couples. The cost is $45 per person, and you can sign up online by clicking this link We look forward to playing with you and sharing our beautiful golf course. By […]