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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)

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 […]

Inside Scoop on Boat and Watercraft Rentals in New Bern, NC!

By WSCard | July 12, 2011

Stand Up Paddleboards July 12, 2011 – After receiving a number of requests and website searches on New Bern Now for boat and water sports rentals in New Bern, we did our own little investigation and came up with the following information to help you meet your needs. Merchant’s Grocery Canoe Rentals: For a fun trip up or down Brice’s Creek, check out a canoe at Merchant’s! My sister and I did three years ago and had a blast! I wish I had a picture. They are open seven days a week and are located at 1801 Brice’s Creek Rd. For […]

Spotlight Shines on “Morris Blueberry Farm”!

By WSCard | June 17, 2011

  We enjoyed our visit to Morris Brothers Blueberry Farm in Bridgeton, NC! Morris Bros. Blueberry Farm is a family owned by brothers, Jason and Fenner Morris, for over 60 years. You can eat the blueberries right off the bush! We also learned that “blueberries are a good source of vitamin C; have only 45 calories per half cup; and are low in sodium”. Tips to keep and freeze your Blueberries from Morris Blueberry Farm: – Keep under refrigeration until ready to use. Blueberries will continue to ripen if left at room temperature, therefore, it is necessary to use, refrigerate, […]

Around the Town in New Bern…A Guide of Activities for Teens

By WSCard | May 17, 2011
Union Point Park

So what to do in New Bern? Well there’s lots of things for teenagers to do in New Bern, NC. Some popular places to hang out and have a good time are Rollerland and Strike Zone. Rollerland, a skating place is a cool place to go to have fun, eat, listen to music, and roller blade with friends. It’s really popular on the weekends, so if you’re looking for something really exciting to do check out Rollerland. Strike Zone, located near Harris Teeter is an awesome place to bowl, eat, and so much more. It’s got a great concessions stand, […]

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 […]