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)

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Funding to Help Reduce Flooding in NC Communities

January 25, 2022

A total of $38 million is now available for a new program in North Carolina that aims to reduce flooding across the state’s waterways. The N.C. General Assembly approved the money to create the Streamflow Rehabilitation Assistance Program (StRAP). It allocates money for projects that protect and restore the integrity of drainage infrastructure. Projects could […]

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How to Prepare for Winter Weather

January 20, 2022

Craven County Emergency Services is preparing for potential winter weather expected to affect Craven County as early as Thursday evening and throughout the weekend. Information from the National Weather Service’s Winter Weather Preparedness materials has been combined to provide citizens with information on how to prepare, and how to stay safe, should winter weather affect […]

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City Issues Proclamation of State of Emergency

January 20, 2022

WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen of the City of New Bern, North Carolina, has duly adopted ordinances to determine and proclaim the existence of a State of Emergency and to impose certain prohibitions and restrictions appropriate to meet the emergency; and WHEREAS, a State of Emergency exists within the City of New Bern, North Carolina, […]

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Working Together for a Healthy Coast

January 20, 2022

Carolina Nature Coalition hosts: North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Coastal Solutions, Working Together for a Healthy Coast on January 25, 2022, at 6:30 p.m. Saving our endangered coastal lands and beaches from natural events and human destruction as well as climate change and sea level rise. The North Carolina Coastal Federation is working diligently on a […]

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City Prepares for Winter Storm

January 20, 2022

A Winter Storm Watch has been issued for eastern North Carolina ahead of an approaching cold front and low-pressure system that will begin impacting our area on Thursday. While the forecast could change, New Bern is expected to see significant impacts from this storm starting with rain that will change over to frozen precipitation Thursday […]

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Tips to Prepare for Winter Storm and Clean Up After

January 15, 2022

Snow, ice and freezing rain can severely impact trees and forested areas across the state. The N.C. Forest Service urges property owners and anyone preparing for or cleaning up after a storm to be cautious and to always think safety first. “I want to urge everyone to be extra cautious, especially if you intend to […]

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New Bern Weekend Happenings: January 13 – January 16, 2022

January 13, 2022

Arts & Entertainment Experience ArtWalk in New Bern on Friday, January 14 from 5 – 8 p.m. Stop by the Bank of the Arts at 317 Middle St. to pick up the ArtWalk card that highlights participating galleries and businesses. This is a monthly event presented by the Craven Arts Council & Gallery. Here are some exhibits […]

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New Bern Garden Club Presents Caladium Bulb Sale

January 13, 2022

The New Bern Garden Club is thinking spring and with spring the joy of seeing our gardens come to life once again. We are happy to announce that we are conducting our annual Caladium bulb sale. We are offering 6 varieties of Caladiums for your garden, 2 pinks, 2 reds, and 2 whites to choose […]

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Privet Clean Up at Creekside Park

January 11, 2022

The clean-up has been Postponed effective January 18, 2022   Help clean up invasive plants on Saturday, January 22, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Creekside Park located at 1821 Old Airport Rd. in New Bern. This invasive plant forms thickets that crowd out our wonderful native plants, restricting food sources for wildlife as well as […]

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