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)

Take a Tugboat Cruise in New Bern

By WSCard | May 1, 2012

On the Trent River Tugboat Cruises of New Bern is back in business with Captain Jim Ward as the new owner. They run by appointment with 2-6 passenger trips in the local harbor. The following summary was provided by Jim Ward about the cruises: Enjoy a leisurely, intimate tugboat cruise, hosted by a local captain, along the beautiful Neuse and Trent Rivers or up Brice Creek. Our cruises are designed to fit your interests – wildlife, ogling gorgeous homes, wild party time, interesting local facts and history, insight on the culture that makes New Bern so special. Whether a visitor or […]

Summer Scramble Golf Tournament benefiting “I Love That Lady”

By WSCard | April 30, 2012
Summer Scramble Golf Tournament

Summer Scramble Golf Tournament Family Tire and Auto Services presents the Summer Scramble Golf Tournament on June 30, 2012, 1pm shotgun at the Emerald Golf Club in New Bern. Create your own team, all guys, all gals, or mixed. Four person teams – men play from blue tees, women play from gold tees. Tournament will be flighted by handicaps. Prizes, tee gifts, raffle, on course beverages. The cost is $50 per player, $200 per team payable to “I Love That Lady”. Field is limited to the first 18 teams. DEADLINE for entry is June 20th Proceeds from the Family Tire & […]

Fishing Report for New Bern, NC

By WSCard | April 27, 2012
Fishing Report for New Bern, NC

Fishing Report for New Bern, NC Neuse River striper fishing has been good in the New Bern area with plenty of top water action.  We’re also catching a few specks and 2 to 3 pound bluefish on top there as well.  Specks and a few flounder on soft plastics. Submitted by: Capt Gary Dubiel, Spec Fever Guide Service, 252-249-1520

New Bern’s Own, Bo Bissett, is Globetrekkin’ across America on Bike!

By WSCard | April 2, 2012

  Video produced by Lisa Bisbee, Artist, Graphic Designer and Web Developer My friend, Lisa Bisbee told me about a New Bern man who is getting ready to hop on his bike and ride across the US. Since I’m not a cyclist, my first thought was, he must be crazy. Then she told me he was going to do it without any money. I was very curious and impressed that I had to meet him! So I did. Bo Bissett is a very positive man with an adventurous spirit – Mr. Adventure! I really enjoyed learning more about his unique and […]

Find out about Turkey Hunting and take a Walk in the Woods with Me!

By WSCard | March 31, 2012
Croatan National Forest

Above is a “community segment” currently running on WNOS 107.5FM and 1450AM. New Bern Now has teamed up with Radio Free ENC to promote our community with special events and informational snippets about the Greater New Bern area. Now, let’s talk Turkey! With the Spring Turkey Hunting Season approaching fast, I hope you’ve been scouting your favorite hotspots! Especially if you’re taking youngsters out with you as Youth Day is April 7th. The regular season kicks of on April 12 and runs thru May 12, 2012. Where do you hunt? My favorite spots are in the Croatan National Forest. I also […]

ECU Student Sculptures at the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport!

By WSCard | March 26, 2012
Art at the Airport

Visit the Coastal Carolina Regional Airport in New Bern, North Carolina, to check out the wonderful works of art created by East Carolina University (ECU) students! Four years ago the Craven Arts Council requested that the New Bern Airport partner with the ECU Art Department to design a unique program for Art students to promote their sculptures. Since then, ECU professors have charged their students with creating models to be displayed in front of the Airport. The requirements for sculptures were that they had to be aviation related and be able to sustain inclement weather for at least one year. […]

Swiss Bear is gearing up for MUMFEST 2012…See their NEW blog to find out more!

By WSCard | February 20, 2012

  SeaFair photo provided by Swiss Bear Congratulations, Swiss Bear Downtown Development Corporation for creating your NEW blog! “We are gearing up for MUMFEST to include the new venue of SeaFair, the 228 foot yacht with three floors of art from local, area and national artist. It will be docked at the Hilton marina, arriving in New Bern on the 10th of October. We invited the Arts Council to partner with us for a Thursday night reception which will be a fundraiser for both of our organizations. We are also expanding the Boat Show, which will now be called Outdoor […]

Guess Where this Campground is Located and Win!

By WSCard | January 6, 2012
Turkey Quarter Campground

UPDATE: Congratulations Peggy Barnes, Home Organizer, Speaker, and Owner of DeClutter Bug for guessing Turkey Quarter RV and Tent Campground off Hwy 70 in Cove City! Thanks for everyone who participated in this fun contest! If you’re the first person to guess where this campground is located and the name of the campground (hint – the Greater New Bern Area:  0 – 15 miles outside City of New Bern limits), you will win a free medium sized advertisement on New Bern Now’s Home page for one month! If you’re not a business owner or not affiliated with a non-profit organization, […]

Join the Blue Knights for 3rd Annual Avon Breast Cancer Ride!

By WSCard | September 22, 2011

  The BLUE KNIGHTS® is a non-profit fraternal organization consisting of active and retired law enforcement motorcyclists. This ride will be on Saturday, October 15th, 2011. Starting at the Harley Davidson of New Bern Dealership and will leave promptly at 11:00am and will conclude at the Harley Davidson of New Bern Dealership with a cookout, live entertainment by local band “Stairwell”, and door prizes. Pre-registration with payment will be from September 1st – October 11th On-site registration for this ride will begin at 9am, October 15th Pre-registration will be $15 per rider Day of the event will be $20 per […]

WildARC of East Carolina Rescues Wildlife Victims of Hurricane Irene!

By WSCard | August 29, 2011
Wild ARC New Bern

Laura Johnson and I visited the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Center of East Carolina (WildARC) today. Executive Director Ellen Westermann and her caring WildARC team of volunteers were extremely busy trying to feed and revive wild animals abandoned after Hurricane Irene swept thru Eastern North Carolina. Volunteer Gail Heller said that WildARC has, “60 – 70 squirrels”, in need of nourishment and rescue. They also had a rabbit, mourning doves, sea gulls, and Jamaica, their resident hawk. Ellen and the volunteers work around the clock feeding the animals every 3 hours. They are currently at maximum capacity for squirrels, so they are […]