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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)

Hope For The Warriors to Host Memorial Day 30×30 Virtual Fitness Challenge

By WSCard | April 9, 2021
Memorial Day 30x30 Virtual Fitness Challenge

Virtual Fitness Challenge Aims to Motivate While Remembering Fallen Service Members Participants can now register for the Hope For The Warriors Memorial Day 30X30 Virtual Fitness Challenge. Kicking off May 1 and running through May 30, individuals can participate in the free virtual fitness challenge from anywhere in the world. The challenge is designed to get people moving by incorporating any type of physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes for 30 days. Any activity counts — walking, running, hiking, swimming, lifting, etc. The goal for this challenge is to support individuals reaching their fitness goals while honoring and […]

In the Now – April 7, 2021

By WSCard | April 7, 2021
Island Creek Trail

It’s officially AC weather. Wednesday is sunny, with a high near 86 and a northwest wind from 3 to 7 mph. – National Weather Service The sun will rise at 6:46 and set at 7:35. Tide predictions: Low: 11:32 a.m. (0.12’) and 11:38 p.m. (0.13’); High Tide 5:34 p.m. (1.70’) – NOAA Tides Predictions Cheers! It’s National Beer Day! Have you walked the trails at Island Creek Trail? It’s a beautiftul place to escape any stressors of the day and listen to the wide variety of birds. Bring your dog (on a leash) and enjoy exploring nature! According to the USDA […]

New Bern Drum Circle brings back a fun experience

By WSCard | April 5, 2021
New Bern Drum Circle

Our first drum circle is Sunday, April 11 from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at Union Point Park near the gazebo. Bring something to keep rhythm (drum, Tupperware and a wooden spoon or any other percussion instrument) with and something to sit on … plus a happy willingness to communicate with other community members! All events begin at 6 p.m., are at Union Point Park near the gazebo and normally the first Sunday except when it falls on a holiday (April and July). Drum circles held rain or shine (under cover at the Gazebo if raining). Sunday, April 11 Sunday, May 2 Sunday, […]

In the Now – April 1, 2021

By WSCard | April 1, 2021
Glenburnie Park

Today’s weather: High 57 °F/Low 34 °F. April’s starting out with “showers, mainly before 1pm. High near 57. North wind 15 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Tonight, Partly cloudy, with a low around 34. Northwest wind 10 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 16 mph.– National Weather Service Sunrise: 6:54 a.m. / Sunset 7:29 p.m. Tide predictions: Low: 5:11 a.m. (-0.35) and 5:04 p.m. (-0.37’) High Tide 11:04 a.m. (1.84’) and 11:36 p.m. (2.54’) – NOAA Tides […]

Lend a Hand for History, Park Day Saturday, April 10

By WSCard | March 31, 2021
Park Day 2021

New Bern Battlefield Park and American Battlefield Trust Invite Volunteers You are invited to join New Bern Battlefield Park and the American Battlefield Trust in the 25th anniversary of Park Day, an annual hands-on preservation event to help Civil War, Revolutionary War, and War of 1812 battlefields and historic sites take on maintenance projects large and small. This year on April 10, New Bern’s Battlefield Park will once again join in this national event.  Battlefield Manager, Jon Miller explains, “While our beautiful park reflects the work of many volunteers from Battlefield Guides clearing trails, to Boy Scouts building observation platforms […]

New Bern’s Earth Day Celebration – April 22, 2021

By WSCard | March 30, 2021
Croatan National Forest

We will be hosting a livestreaming event from 12 – 2 p.m. (or longer, depending on the number of participants). Sustainable living is making conscious efforts to reduce our carbon footprint. There are countless ways to do this! Challenge yourself with the five R’s of Sustainability: Rethink, Refuse, Reuse, Reduce, and Recycle. It’s up to all of us. We would love to partner with local businesses, non-profits, and individuals who promote sustainable living! Let us know if you have any ideas for interactive activities to add to the celebration. If you’re doing your own event, we would be happy to […]

In the Now – March 27, 2021

By WSCard | March 27, 2021
Irises by Vincent van Gogh 1889

Today’s weather: High 75 °F/Low 63 °F. “A slight chance of showers between 11am and 2 pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. East wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight, A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 am, then a slight chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 63. South wind 5 to 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less […]

Laurel wilt identified in Jones County for first time

By WSCard | March 24, 2021
Laurel Wilt

The N.C. Forest Service (NCFS) has confirmed that laurel wilt, a devastating disease of redbay and other plants in the laurel family, has been identified on private land along U.S. Route 258 in Jones County. Sassafras, redbay, swampbay, pondberry, pondspice and spicebush are in the laurel family and can be affected by this disease. “Laurel wilt is easier to spot during winter months when the rest of the trees do not have leaves,” said Jim Moeller, forest health specialist. “We were able to make this detection during a routine laurel wilt survey.” The fungus that causes laurel wilt is introduced […]

In the Now – March 22, 2021

By WSCard | March 22, 2021
Fishing at Glenburnie Park

Today’s weather: High 66 °F/Low 53 °F. Today, mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. Northeast wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Tonight, mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. North wind around 14 mph, with gusts as high as 17 mph.– National Weather Service Looking for something to do? Here are events happening today in and around town: March 18 – 28: Neuse River Bridge Run (Virtually Anywhere). March 20 – April 4: City Wide New Bern Egg Scavenger Hunt. Call 636-3381. March 20 – April 3: Easter Rock Hunt in Downtown New Bern (If you find a rock, […]

Help Disabled Veteran with efforts to establish Local Therapeutic Farm

By WSCard | March 20, 2021
John Hardee

  If you have any concrete or PVC culverts in any condition, disabled veteran John Hardee could really use them to close drainage ditches and create more pastureland on his James City farm. He’s working to transform that farm, left to him by his father, into a rescue for horses that will provide an informal therapeutic environment for disabled veterans and others. “I’m looking to do some sort of rescue for horses and other animals. But it’s not only for the horses. I want to work with veterans’ groups, PTSD groups, and Wounded Warriors.” The rescue plans to offer the same […]