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)

Interesting Life Long Learning Classes at Cool Springs!

By WSCard | June 5, 2012

Listen to “Radio Laura” Johnson’s audio (aired on Radio Free ENC’s WNOS 105.9FM and 1450AM) about the upcoming events at Cool Springs: Weyerhaeuser’s Cool Springs Environmental Education Center, Askin, NC is now offering Life Long Learning Classes! On June 9th, there will be a Pine Needle Basket Weaving class taught by a local expert. The fee is $15 per/person. This will be held from 10am-2pm. Send an e-mail or call 252-514-3533 for details and to register. We also have a Turtle Talk scheduled for June 27th from 4-5pm. There is a $5 fee for this. On June 29th, we […]

Meet Rich Sheridan, New Bern Now’s “Map Man”!

By WSCard | June 1, 2012

I’m happy to announce that Rich Sheridan, owner of Crystal Coast and New Bern Discovery Map has joined New Bern Now’s team as the “Map Man”! Rich has been advising New Bern Now since 2010. He has been involved with the strategic development of feature enhancements to both the New Bern Now newsletter and blog. Rich is a media professional with 24 years experience working for the publisher of Time, Fortune, Sports Illustrated, and People magazine. Rich and his wife Sallianne live in New Bern, NC and have three sons. Check out his interactive Discovery Map of New Bern here: […]

Get Your Sweet Mamas Ice Cream Treats!

By WSCard | June 1, 2012

Special thanks to Al Becker for using our new “submission form” to tell us about his new business, Sweet Mamas Ice Cream Treats! “We are located in Union Point Park Enhancing your downtown park experience! Picnic, stroll, bike, feed the ducks or “just sit and enjoy the beautiful view! We sell ice cream and frozen treats along with cold beverages. Get to the park today and refresh your mind and soul!” – Al Becker Visit their facebook page to find out more: Tell us what you think by commenting below or sending us an email. Wendy Card

Exciting News – Easy Way for You to Send Us Your Community Announcements!

By WSCard | May 29, 2012

We love to hear from you and Lisa Bisbee, Assistant Editor-in-Chief , created a special form to help you easily submit your community information to New Bern Now! Click “Submit Your Content” in the top navigation bar to easily post your information to the Calendar of Events, Business Listings, Blog posts, and other areas. Please fill out this form and we will get in touch with you shortly. By clicking the submit button, you grant permission of this submission to be publicly released in print, on the web, over the radio or video broadcast. Please upload an image file to […]

Yoga & Pilates at the Palace

By WSCard | May 26, 2012
NC History Center River Walk

Sponsored by Green Bear Fitness Friday, June 1 – 8:30 am – 9:30 am North Carolina History Center, Karen Rand River Walk Yoga and Pilates will improve overall body fitness, including flexibility, abdominal and postural strength, elongating muscles, and creating balance between body and mind. Come prepared to relax your mind, strengthen your body, and energize your spirit on the Karen Rand River Walk. Bring your yoga mat for a complimentary class facilitated by Green Bear Fitness. Free admission; Donations will be accepted on behalf of Tryon Palace. Submitted by: Trish Ashburn, Marketing and Communications Manager for Tryon Palace

Aurora Fossil Festival activities for Memorial Day Weekend

By WSCard | May 20, 2012

Friday, May 25th 6:00 pm – Opening Ceremonies – Vendors Available 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm Live Music – The Ginger Thompson Band Saturday, May 26th 8:00 am – 11:00 pm Festival 8:30 am – 5K Run – Downtown 9:00 am – Veteran’s Breakfast – Open to all Veterans 9:00 am – 3:00 pm AFM Fossil Lectures – Main Museum Building Featuring: Mr. David Bohaska from the National Smithsonian with: “The Origin and Evolution of Whales Dolphins, and Porpoises” 11:00 am Parade 12:00 pm Lawn Mower Pulls 12:00 pm Veterans Presentation (Directly After Parade) 11:00 am – 4:00 pm PCS […]

Exciting line-up for Bridgeton RiverFest Fine Art Festival

By WSCard | May 13, 2012

Bridgeton RiverFest Fine Art Festival producers today announced officially that the United States Power & Sails Squadron will attend this year’s event on JUNE 23 & 24, distributing information about marine events, boat safety and membership in this essential organization – hey, we’re surrounded by water here – we need this stuff! Also recently signed is the Motley Tones, a popular pirate music group that will thrill you with their traditional ballads and sometimes bawdy, always amusing nautical chanties. We are thrilled to welcome them again this year to RiverFest. Along with all the other fine musicians at the festival, […]

Clay Shoot benefit for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals

By WSCard | May 10, 2012
Christian Jones (photo by: VidantHealth)

The above video was produced by Vidant Children’s Hospital. Participate in the Colony Tire Sporting Clays Miracle Shoot on August 24-25, 2012 at Rose Hill Sporting Clays in Nashville, North Carolina. This event will provide “lifesaving equipment along with programs and services to help treat sick and injured children throughtout Eastern NC”, Laura Lee Potter, Program Director for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Become a sponsor and make a difference in the lives of children in Eastern NC. They are also looking for shooters. There are men, women and a youth division. Participate for a chance to win one of 30 guns. Call 252-241-8145 […]

There’s a new Cruise Boat Company in Town!

By WSCard | May 7, 2012

Thea Kincaid and I had the pleasure of shining the “Video Spotlight” on the Lookout Lady Cruise Boat with Captain George Aswad. George and his wife Pat own Crystal Coast Lady Cruises docked in Beaufort, NC. They really enjoy the New Bern area and decided to extend their cruise operation with the Lookout Lady, docked at the New Bern Grand Marina adjacent to the DoubleTree by Hilton on dock F. Explore New Bern by water on The Lookout Lady! Scenic tours include two hour narrated trips on the Neuse and Trent Rivers. You can also charter the boat for private parties to include […]

2nd Annual USO of NC Jacksonville Golf Tournament

By WSCard | May 7, 2012

Tuesday May 22, 2012 Carolina Colours Golf Course, 3300 Waterscape Way, New Bern, NC 28562 Registration at 10:00am Shotgun Start at 11:30am Entry Fee: $100/Individual $350/Team Active Duty rate: $75/Individual $275/Team 100 Golfers/25 Teams Entry Deadline: May 10, 2012 Enjoy a complete program of special events, free range balls, 18 holes of golf, lunch, USO memorabilia items, and prizes! Entry fee includes: Green Fees, Golf Carts, Free Range Balls, USO Memorabilia Items, Breakfast & Lunch, Beverages, Awards Reception 2nd Annual USO of NC, Jacksonville Golf Tournament. All proceeds support the USO of North Carolina, Jacksonville Center. Scramble, USGA rules apply, and […]