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)

Gardening to Attract Pollinators

By WSCard | June 9, 2020
Gardening for Pollinators

When the coronavirus came into the picture and the stay at home order was issued; I decided to give gardening another try. I wanted to attract butterflies, so I started researching what flowers to plant. Knowing butterflies are pollinators and their population is declining, I learned more them than I expected to. When I think about pollinators; bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds come to mind. I didn’t think about the bats, beetles, flies, other birds and insects, and small mammals that are responsible for pollinating plants. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden states, “They are responsible […]

9th Annual Run For The Warriors, New Bern Goes Virtual

By WSCard | June 3, 2020
Run for The Warriors

Jacksonville, NC – Due to precautions set forth by the state of North Carolina, the 9th Annual Run For The Warriors, New Bern 5K, “1st Mile,” Furry 5K and the Mile Mutt Strut is going virtual. Online registration is now open for the July 4th virtual run date. Registration can be completed online at For a guaranteed Run For The Warriors t-shirt online registration must be completed by end of day on June 14. Runners are encouraged to run or walk on July 4th or any time after registering and to send photos to or tag Hope For The […]

Get Back to Nature and Go Camping

By WSCard | May 27, 2020

Are you looking for a way to regroup? Camping…or Glamping for some, is a great way to get some fresh air and find yourself during these tough times! New Bern and surrounding towns in Eastern North Carolina offer some terrific spots to unwind and relax. A lot of local campgrounds offer RV sites, cabins, electric and primitive campsites. There are several campgrounds in the area, but we’ve only spent time at the ones listed below and recommend them: – New Bern KOA, 1565 B. St. in Bridgeton, 252-638-2556 – Turkey Quarter Campground and RV Park, 163 Kirby Rd. in Cove […]

Notification of Wastewater Spill in Craven County

By WSCard | May 26, 2020
City of New Bern

General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment issues a press releases when an untreated wastewater discharge of 1,000 gallons or more reaches surface waters. In accordance with that regulation, the following news release has been prepared and issued to media in the affected county: The City of New Bern had a discharge of untreated wastewater on May 25, 2020 of an estimated 9,525 gallons from a broken sewer force main located near 3625 Martin Luther King Blvd. The untreated wastewater was discharged into Wilson Creek, in the Neuse River Basin. The Division […]

Carolina Nature Coalition Virtual Event with Sound Rivers and Poet Sam Love

By WSCard | May 17, 2020
Carolina Nature Coalition - Virtual Event

Mon, May 18, 2020 Carolina Nature Coalition is proud to present our first virtual event. The presentation will run for 30 minutes and feature: Sam Love introduces us to his new book “Awakening”: Musings on Planetary Survival, was released by England’s Fly on the Wall Press in March of 2020. The poetry chapbook is a collection of environmental poems. Sam Love reads from “AWAKENING”. Sound Rivers is a nonprofit organization that guards the health of the Neuse and Tar-Pamlico River Basins. Listen to 2 RIVERKEEPERS® Katy Langley Hunt and Jillian Howell who monitor this region’s waterways, serving as scientific experts […]

New Date for Historical Society Golf Tournament

By WSCard | April 20, 2020
Walt Teasdale, Billy Thomann, and John Lawrence

October 3 at Taberna Country Club New Bern, NC, Due to safety and health concerns surrounding COVID-19, the New Bern Historical Society has moved their inaugural golf tournament that was set for May 9, to October 3. Executive Director Mickey Miller explains “We want this to be a special event, full of fun, keeping everyone healthy at the same time. Moving to the fall is the best choice. You’ll enjoy a great day of golf, a delicious dinner and support the New Bern Historical Society all at the same time.” The New Bern Historical Society invites you to “Tee It […]

Enjoy the Great Outdoors and Go Fishing or Boating!

By WSCard | April 6, 2020
Lawson Creek Park

We caught up with Todd Willis of Neuse River Bait and Tackle and he gave us the latest scoop what’s biting! He said, “Stripers, speckled trout, slot reds aka puppy drums, catfish, largemouth bass, white perch, and flounder”. Flounder is not in season, so you can’t keep them. Please make sure that you check the North Carolina fishing regulations for Inland and Saltwater license information. There are some great spots where you can fish from the bank! Launch your personal watercraft or boat from one of many public boat ramps: – Bridgeton/Neuse River – Croatan National Forest Brice’s Creek Wildlife […]

New Bern Bear Photo Contest

By WSCard | April 6, 2020
Firemen's Museum Bear

Looking for something fun to do? Take a photo of your favorite New Bern Bear and send it us to be entered in our contest for it to be published in our upcoming magazine! All entries will be included in a drawing to win a prize. Please send all photos in .jpg format at least 800 px height/width via email. Let us know if you have any questions! Happy hunting! Wendy Card

New Bern Neighborhood Bear Hunt

By WSCard | March 24, 2020
New Bern Bear Hunt

March 26, 2020 from 8 – 9 p.m. The idea behind the bear hunt is for neighbors to place a bear in their windows or in their front yard, depending on the weather. Then those walking in the neighborhood can go on their very own bear hunt, while still practicing social distancing! This Thursday while you’re out on a walk or bike ride, your kids can be on the lookout for teddy bears in the windows or yards (depending on weather) of homes in your neighborhood. It’s something families can do without interacting with others but it gives you a […]

Underwater Symposium delves into dive, maritime cultures

By WSCard | March 10, 2020
Symposium - Paul Hudy photographer

Hatteras, N.C. – When Marc Corbett presents at an upcoming dive symposium, the audience won’t just be seeing his shipwreck photography on-screen. They’ll be surrounded by it. Corbett, an avid diver and shipwreck researcher, is one of seven presenters scheduled for the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum’s seventh annual Underwater Heritage Symposium. The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will be held on April 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the museum, located at 59200 Museum Drive in Hatteras. The speakers and topics are designed to be of interest to an audience that includes professional […]