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)

Join The New Bern Yacht Club for September Meeting

By WSCard | September 25, 2021
New Bern Yacht Club - Flag Pole

New Bern Yacht Club (NBYC) will hold its monthly General Meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30 –7:30 p.m. Social Hour, followed by the Program and Business Meeting. Interested boaters are welcome to attend as guests; contact nbyccommodore@gmail.com or call 252-634-2626. Upcoming member events include a cruise to Oriental’s Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, annual Fall Colors cruise, and ladies’ socials. Membership benefits include year-round cruising and social events. Share the lifestyle! Visit NewBernYachtClub.com and facebook.com/newbernyachtclub.

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New Bern CROP Hunger Walk

By WSCard | September 24, 2021
Late Johnnie Sampson and Megan McGarvey

The New Bern CROP Hunger Walk will be held this Sunday, September 26 at Union Point Park. CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities and towns across the United States raising funds to support the global mission of Church World Service, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. Faith Connection is the local Host Partner. Twenty five percent of the funds raised in the New Bern Walk are returned to New Bern to support the great work of RCS (Religious Community Services). People can choose between […]

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Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern for September 23 – 26, 2021

By WSCard | September 23, 2021
Downtown New Bern NC

Around Town Congratulations to Kim Briele and her team at LCA Advertising and Production for being selected as the Winner of the 42nd Annual Telly Award! CarolinaEast Health System is hosting a Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on September 26 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Harlowe Community Center. Presented by CarolinaEast Health System. No appointment is needed. *** GUSTO Arts & Entertainment Thursday: Open Mic Night with Charlie Duzan at the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St. Friday: Barefoot Wade and Baker’s Rise Food Truck will be at BrÜtopia, 1201 Hwy 70 E. Due East will be on the […]

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Eco-Adventure on the Carolina Swan

By WSCard | September 21, 2021
Lady Swan Boat Tours

The crew of Lady Swan Boat Tours, in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, is now offering a new weekly eco-adventure that will explore and discover the magic of our tidal marshes and sound. This partnership between the federation and Lady Swan Tours educates participants on how they can protect and restore our coastal resources. “We are so excited to partner with Lady Swan Tours for these new Eco-Adventure cruises.” Rachel Bisesi, a Coastal Education Coordinator at the federation said, “Cruise leader, Michael Diehl, is very knowledgeable about our coastal resources and makes this a fun adventure for everyone.” […]

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Garden Lecture on Heritage Plants of ENC and Trade Specials

By WSCard | September 17, 2021
NC State Extension Garden

Tryon Palace is excited to announce the return of the annual Garden Lecture Series in September, co-hosted with the Craven County Agricultural Center. “Heritage Plants of ENC and Trade Specials” will be presented on Saturday, September 18th, at 10 a.m. in the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. Featured speakers are Jennifer Knight, community gardener, Craven County Master Gardener, and owner of Knightscapes, a local design/build landscape firm, and Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager. The lecture will focus on plants best adapted to face the weather challenges of Eastern North Carolina. It will also include a […]

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Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern for September 16 – 19, 2021

By WSCard | September 16, 2021
Jet Skiing on Neuse River

Around Town Girl Scouts Field Day — Learn about Girls Scouts and have fun on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Creekside Park, 1821 Old Airport Rd. in New Bern with the Coastal Pines Chapter. Questions? Call Jennifer Bertling at 259-2041. Sail with Captain Rod and the “Admiral” in luxury on Respite, their 42 foot sailing catamaran. Aquaventures Sailing Charters offer hourly, half-day, full-day, and sunset cruises and extended sailing packages. Call 646-8110. *** GUSTO Arts & Entertainment Thursday: Dueling Pianos at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 901 Pollock St. 7:30 p.m. Friday: Ashton Ward at The […]

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Sister Hazel to Headline Concert with Kasey Tyndall and Paige Johnson

By WSCard | September 13, 2021
Sister Hazel Band

Platinum-selling group, Sister Hazel, will be bringing their energetic show featuring new music and chart-topping hits to Lawson Creek Park in New Bern, NC on Friday, October 8 at 6:00 p.m. Fans can expect a high energy show with some brand-new Sister Hazel songs like “When Love Takes Hold” and “You Won’t See Me Again,” as well as popular fan favorites like, “All For You.” Gates open at 6pm and tickets start at $19. Joining Sister Hazel will be singer-songwriter Kasey Tyndall who is making her stamp on country music with her edgy, rock-infused, hard-hitting country sound, with her own […]

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Join the Biker Community for Benefit Ride to End Domestic Violence

By WSCard | September 10, 2021
CWS Motorcycle Benefit Ride

Kicking Off Domestic Violence Awareness Month Join your fellow bikers to help end domestic violence in the second annual benefit ride on Saturday, September 25, 2021. The ride will be led by the Punishers LEMC NC Originals for a 120-mile ride that winds through scenic roads of Craven, Jones, and Pamlico counties. The ride will begin at Temple Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern with registration at 9:30 am, KSU at 11:00 am and end at the Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce/Heritage Center at 10642 Hwy 55 East in Grantsboro, NC. This event will benefit Coastal Women’s Shelter (CWS) and […]

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Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern: September 9 – 12, 2021

By WSCard | September 9, 2021
Mums at Mitchell Hardware

Around Town Sims Scrap Metal Yard has reopened! With scrap metal prices continuing to rise, recycling adds money to your pocket and benefits our environment. Instead of throwing it in the trash, take it to Sims Metals. They’re located at 2912 Neuse Blvd. in New Bern. Congratulations to The Backyard Bee’s Décor & More! They opened their doors at 2607 Trent Rd. in New Bern. Sign up for The Artist Support Grant that was created to provide direct support to individual artists during and following the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative will fund professional and artistic development for emerging and established […]

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Make a Difference by Helping Craven County Clean Sweep

By WSCard | September 8, 2021
Railroad Bridge over Neuse River

Craven County Clean Sweep sponsors four annual clean up events on the first Saturdays of February, May, August, and October to help keep New Bern streets and waterways free of litter. The upcoming one will be Saturday, October 2nd, but if that day is not convenient, you can choose another day that fits your schedule! It’s your choice to help out in any of these ways: by walking along the streets in your own neighborhood; by using your boat to clean up a waterway; by meeting with others at Craven County Administration Building’s parking lot, 406 Craven Street on that Saturday […]

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