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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)

Annual project cleans up waterways and employs watermen and women during a slower time of the year

By WSCard | January 7, 2021
Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is set to begin its seventh year of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project this week. Thirty-one commercial watermen along the northern and central coast will set out into the sounds to collect lost crab pots. Every year, crab pots and other fishing gear are lost in our sounds in a variety of ways. Lost gear can get hung up or drift into channels, creating hazards to boaters and wildlife. Since 2014, the federation has led the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project in an effort to remove lost crab pots from North Carolina sounds. With […]

Navigating Local Waters Boating Class January 30th

By WSCard | January 4, 2021
USCG Boating Safety

Your New Bern area USCG Auxiliary flotilla will hold its first safe boating class of the season Saturday, January 30th virtually via Zoom from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Neuse and Pamlico River basins, the Intercoastal and Outer Banks are very popular boating areas. For new or experienced area boaters, your local Coast Guard Auxiliary in New Bern offers this three hour “basics” course on navigating these local waters. Subjects covered include locations and features of popular anchorages, marinas, using a chart or GPS on local waters, aids to navigation (buoys), new locations for boating adventure including the Intercoastal Waterway, […]

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 […]