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)

Olde Towne Bear

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

June 15, 2010

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 […]


Cheer for Participants of the Neuse River Senior Games!

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 […]


New Bern Home and Garden Show

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 […]


New Bern featured on Upcoming ESPN Outdoors TV Show and Saltwater Sportsman Magazine!

January 28, 2010

>A special thanks to Mr. George Poveromo, a “nationally recognized sport fishing authority” for promoting fishing on the Neuse and Trent Rivers. He recently wrote an article for ESPN and Saltwater Sportsman Magazine referring to New Bern’s 300th Anniversary celebration and the fantastic fishing opportunities in the Neuse and Trent Rivers. The February 2010 issue […]


Halo Around the Moon in the New Bern Sky

December 2, 2009

Tonight’s moon is something to look at! The moon has a ring around it (Lunar Halo). I found the above photo on which was taken by Jeff Berkes. I don’t recall ever seeing a Lunar Halo before but after “Googling It”, I read that this halo may be a sign of bad weather coming. […]


New Bern’s F11 Fighter Jet – Restoration Project

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 […]


50 Million Fish Kill on the Neuse River

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 […]


Cycling the MS Bike Tour at Age 80

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 […]

National Night Out

New Bern’s National Night Out Against Crime Prevention

August 5, 2009

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 […]

Volunteers in New Bern

Make a Difference and Volunteer

June 23, 2009

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 […]