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)

New Art Sculptures at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport!

By WSCard | March 25, 2011

The Coastal Carolina Regional Airport Authority in partnership with the East Carolina University’s (ECU) School of Art and Design reveals student art sculptures! Today’s “3rd Annual Art at the Airport” Event was an eye opener. I’ve seen the art sculptures at the Airport before, but had no idea of the story behind this interesting project. This unique venture gives ECU students a chance to exhibit their art to 134,000 travelers to and from the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport each year. The Airport Authority sends a jury to ECU each year to view models 10-12” tall of the student art sculptures. […]

Explorer Alexandra Cousteau and her International Expedition Blue Planet Team visit New Bern!

By WSCard | September 12, 2010

Like her grandfather, the late-great Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Alexandra Cousteau is a Global Explorer and Advocate for our natural resources. She established Blue Legacy in 2008 to educate people about the importance of water and the impact humankind has on this vital resource. Alexandra Cousteau and her International Expedition Blue Planet team are traveling across our Nation, Canada, and Mexico in a bio-diesel bus to explore our water resources, investigate water use, and management to see what impact humans have on the quality and quantity of our essential natural resource. With the assistance of her team and water keepers throughout North […]

Unveiling of “Bear D’Olde Towne” – 50th and Final Bear Town Bear

By WSCard | June 15, 2010
Olde Towne Bear

New Bern’s community, business owners, and local artists unified to complete the “Bear Town Bears” Public Art Display of 50 bears throughout the Greater New Bern area. Artist GeeVee Meyer presented “Bear D’Olde Towne” to Bill Frederick and the Olde Towne Community. Steering Committee Co-Chairwomen of the Bear Town Bears, Barbara Lubsen and Vicki Vitale were proud to announce this special art project was complete and recognized all those who were involved. To view photos from the unveiling of “Bear D’Olde Towne”, please visit New Bern Now’s Photo Gallery. To purchase a poster, visit Craven Arts Council and Gallery at […]

Cheer for Participants of the Neuse River Senior Games!

By WSCard | April 21, 2010

The Neuse River Senior Games provides a chance for our 55 plus community to participate in Athletic Competitions and Silver Arts Exhibitions. Most of the athletic competitors train year round and commit to living a healthier and fit lifestyle. Seniors are a large population in our community and we should emulate their commitment to a better lifestyle. I had the pleasure to meet some of the excited participants and I would’ve liked to stay for the duration to cheer for each one of them! Some enrolled in the Athletic Competitions, some submitted their artwork to the Silver Arts Exhibition, and […]

New Bern Home and Garden Show

By WSCard | March 14, 2010

The New Bern Riverfront Convention Center was bustling with action this weekend! Consumers were searching for home and garden products and services. Some may say people attended for the “free gadgets”, but I’m an optimist and believe the majority of visitors wanted to know what area businesses have to offer. Knowing the cost of promotional items, I declined all of them except a free recycled “green” yo-yo from the Coastal Environmental Partnership – thanks Bobbi! JoAnne and Ray Gottsleben, owners of “Working Space”, are Garage and Home Organizational Specialists. They were set-up in their mobile workspace – curbside with the […]

New Bern’s F11 Fighter Jet – Restoration Project

By WSCard | October 28, 2009

Did you know that the F11 Grumman aircraft located on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd was dedicated to the city in 1973? Major General Paul Fontana, the Commander of MCAS Cherry Point, dedicated the jet to New Bern in recognition to the City’s close relationship with the Base. As you drive by the F11 aircraft, you can’t help but wonder what it would take to restore it. It is barely visible due to the growth of the city and its road system (see left photo). Well, the Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation is currently working on an initiative to […]

50 Million Fish Kill on the Neuse River

By WSCard | October 5, 2009

After meeting with Larry Baldwin, Lower Neuse RIVERKEEPER, and Brian Westcott, Program Coordinator, I learned a great deal about how the greater New Bern community can help these hardworking men improve our Neuse River. Word of the recent 50 million fish kill resonates around town. It’s obvious that the time has come for local residents (me included) to voice their opinions and step up to the plate to do something about it. One way to help is to volunteer your time to the Neuse RIVERKEEPER Foundation. If you enjoy the outdoors and if you’re interested in volunteering, the Muddy Water […]

Cycling the MS Bike Tour at Age 80

By WSCard | September 22, 2009

It’s the bike stupid! Sounds trite but I really mean it. A road bike is the way to go for cross-country cycling. Years ago I wondered how folks could pedal mile after mile. I wanted to join group rides but I wasn’t sure I could keep up. It wasn’t until I entered the Senior Games cycling events in ‘96 at age 67 that I learned about road bikes. Until then I thought I was fast on my old French touring bike. I was riding about 100 miles per month and decided to give racing a try. But in the first […]

New Bern’s National Night Out Against Crime Prevention

By WSCard | August 5, 2009
National Night Out

A special “Thank You” goes out to the National Night Out (NNO) Committee, New Bern Police Department, City Officials, Neighborhood Watch Groups, and local residents for making New Bern’s NNO a great success! The NNO was developed to foster relationships between local law enforcement, community neighborhood watch groups, and local residents. Building relationships among these entities ultimately spreads crime prevention and awareness throughout our community. Many community groups joined forces for this event. Thanks again, to all who organized and participated in this wonderful event! Please feel free to share your NNO event experience by posting a comment.

Make a Difference and Volunteer

By WSCard | June 23, 2009
Volunteers in New Bern

Are you recently unemployed and can’t find a job? Are you retired and have a need for social interaction? Or are you employed and feel the need to make a difference in the community? Why not volunteer for one of many of our local non-profit organizations who provide vital services to our community? You may have never thought about volunteering because you’re too busy. Take a look at some of the main reasons people volunteer: – Social networking – Maintain skill sets – Add to resume – Social interaction – Something to do – Meet influential people – Self gratification […]