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)

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.

Flood Elevation Certificates may decrease Flood Insurance costs

By WSCard | June 24, 2009
Hurricane Recovery

The following is an example of a Consumer Tip submitted by a local business to help viewers choose the right products and services for them. Flood Elevation Certificates May Decrease Flood Insurance Costs If you live in a flood zone or know someone who does, the following consumer tip may help decrease flood insurance costs. It was submitted by Southern Boundaries, Land Surveying Company, who has serviced Craven, Pamlico, Carteret, and Jones Counties for over 20 years. “We provide Federal Elevation Certificates (FECs) to clients who live in or near Flood Hazard Zones determined by The Federal Emergency Management Agency […]

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 […]