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)

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 […]

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Basic Boating Safety Class

By WSCard | February 21, 2020
USCG Auxiliary New Bern

Enroll today in a one-day basic boating safety class taught by certified U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary instructors Saturday, March 21st from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at Fairfield Harbour Community Center, 585 Broad Creek Rd. in New Bern, NC. $35.00 • $5.00 for additional person sharing the textbook. Includes textbook, certificate of completion, wallet card. Persons born in 1988 or later must complete an approved boating education course before operating any vessel propelled by a motor of 10 HP or greater. You’ll learn the required knowledge to operate a boat.  Many insurance companies offer discounts on boat insurance for completing […]

Spring Pruning “The Right Tool for the Job” with Outdoor Demonstration

By WSCard | February 5, 2020
NC State Extension Craven County Master Gardener

Saturday, February 15 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Spring Pruning “The Right Tool for the Job” with Outdoor Demonstration presented by Dr Tom Glasgow. Demonstration Garden Tour from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Sponsored by the Craven County Cooperative Extension and Facilitated by Craven County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. FREE Horticultural Workshop Program (Listen, Learn, and Questions). It will take place at the Agricultural Building and Demonstration Gardens located at 300 Industrial Dr., just off the Clark’s Exit (409) from Route 70 West. These programs are free and open to everyone! Great family education! Questions: Call 252-633-1477 (Monday – Friday: 8:30 […]

Explore the Great Outdoors!

By WSCard | January 24, 2020
Croatan National Forest

“In every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks.” – John Muir According to the weather forecast, the temperatures should be in the 50’s – 60’s this weekend in New Bern! There are so many terrific ways to get back to nature in New Bern and surrounding areas. If you love nature, but prefer staying out of the woods, consider strolling the Downtown Riverwalk that hugs the Neuse and Trent River. The paved trail starts at Walt Bellamy Drive and continues to Council Bluff Green on East Front Street. During your walk, think about the Tuscarora Tribe. […]

Sixth Annual Roundtable for Gardeners

By WSCard | January 20, 2020
Sixth Annual Rountable for Gardeners

Spring is just around the corner. Do you have a garden plan or are you waiting for inspiration? Are you concerned that last year’s problems will be lurking, ready to attack this year’s plants? Bring your concerns and questions to the River Bend Community Organic Garden and Education Center’s sixth annual Roundtable for Gardeners on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. at River Bend Town Hall. Our panel experts will try to answer your questions and address your gardening concerns in this interactive forum. The roundtable format presents an opportunity to seek ideas and share your own solutions to garden […]

Registration is now Open for Spring Adult Coed Church Softball League!

By WSCard | January 20, 2020
New Bern Parks and Recreation

New Bern, NC – New Bern Parks and Recreation will be offering an Adult Coed Church Softball League this Spring. An information meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 11th at West New Bern Recreation Center to discuss the upcoming season, rules and regulations and game schedule. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.  Games are held on Saturdays at Fort Totten Park. Practice times will be available beginning the week of March 2nd. Games will begin on March 21st. League fees are $400, which includes field prep, game officials, awards and tournament. The deadline to register for this program […]

Join Craven County Clean Sweep on February 1st

By WSCard | January 15, 2020
Riverwalk New Bern NC

Craven County Clean Sweep sponsors four annual clean up events on the first Saturdays of February, May, August and October to help keep New Bern streets and waterways free of litter. The upcoming one will be Saturday, February 1st, but if that day is not convenient, you can choose another day that fits your schedule! It’s your choice to help out in any of these ways: by walking along the streets in your own neighborhood; by using your boat to clean up a waterway; by meeting with others at Craven County Administration Building’s parking lot, 406 Craven Street on that Saturday […]

The Underground Railroad in New Bern

By WSCard | January 9, 2020
Leesa Jones

New Bern Historical Society Brings Leesa Jones to Lunch & Learn New Bern, NC – With its many rivers, creeks, and seaports, the Maritime Underground Railroad was active in eastern North Carolina. This version of the Underground Railroad was so effective that runaway slaves often ran to the coast instead of heading north to reach freedom through overland routes. Leesa Jones will present this fascinating program for the New Bern Historical Society’s Lunch & Learn on Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Chelsea. She will share how enslaved people in this area used common items including plants, nursery rhymes, […]