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)

July New Bern Drum Circle Rescheduled

By WSCard | July 3, 2021
New Bern Drum Circle

The next drum circle, usually the first Sunday of each month, has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 11 at 6 p.m. at Union Point Park near the gazebo on the lawn. Bring something percussive, a drum or rhythm maker and a seat. Everyone is welcome. While there may be professional drummers among us, drum circles are not about performing, but about ‘communicating’ through rhythm across age, race, religion, cultures. Come and listen….or dance to our beats! By Carol More

Sound Rivers Swim Guide Report – July 2, 2021

By WSCard | July 2, 2021
Sound River Swim Guide Report - July 2, 2021

Looking good out there – all sites in the Lower Neuse and the Tar-Pamlico passed this week. Good news, just in time for the holiday weekend! Of course, excessive rain could change that and these samples were all taken on Thursday … So, use your best judgement! Only one site fail in the Upper Neuse this week and that was Falls of the Neuse canoe launch. We recommend using caution while recreating in these waters over the weekend. Have fun and stay safe, folks! Happy 4th! Be sure to check the Swim Guide every Friday for updated water quality results! Visit […]

Golf Tournament at Carolina Colours

By WSCard | June 30, 2021
Carolina Colours Golf Club

You can be a Member for the Day, bring a guest and join us on July 28 at Carolina Colours Golf Club for a fun tournament. The fun starts at 8 a.m. with registration and the range opening. We will have a shotgun start at 9 a.m. and there will be prizes and lunch. This will be a two-person team event with flights for men, women, and mixed couples. The cost is $45 per person, and you can sign up online by clicking this link Registration deadline is July 21. We look forward to playing with you and sharing our beautiful golf […]

New Bern Now Podsquad – Episode 189

By WSCard | June 29, 2021
New Bern Now Podsquad - Episode 189

Learn about the people, places, and local resources in New Bern, NC and surrounding areas! The Podsquad: George Oliver (Oliver & Cheek), Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), and Wendy Card, were joined by special guests Katherine Clowers, Ken Carbonell, and Jim Donelson. We talked about all kinds of topics related to living in the greater New Bern area and surrounding towns. Watch: Listen:  Show notes: 00.41 – Trivia Contest Question 1:51 – Catching up with the Podsquad 2:30 – Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) 3:47 – Children’s Showcase – Theatre Camp 4:01 – Renovations at New Bern […]

What’s What Around New Bern – June 28, 2021

By WSCard | June 28, 2021
Catfish Lake

Good morning, New Bern Now Readers! Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in and around town. Pic of the Day: Catfish Lake in the Croatan National Forest Bear Outlook Via National Weather Service Today: Scattered showers and thunderstorms, mainly between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Light east wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. Tonight: Patchy fog after 4 a.m. Otherwise, […]

Coexisting with Alligators in North Carolina

By WSCard | June 25, 2021

This time of year, alligators are moving around a lot on the southeastern North Carolina landscape. They are looking for food and mates after spending the winter in brumation—a long period in which they don’t eat and seldom come out of their dens. Alligators are part of the natural fauna in the coastal region of the state and very seldom pose a threat to humans. However, they can become a nuisance when people intentionally or unintentionally feed them. Alligators’ natural behavior is to fear and avoid humans, but being fed by people teaches them to lose that fear and associate humans with […]

Sound Rivers Swim Guide Report – June 25, 2021

By WSCard | June 25, 2021
Sound Rivers Swim Guide Report – June 25, 2021

Four sites in the Upper Neuse/upper Tar-Pamlico watersheds tested at levels unsafe for recreation, according to state and federal standards: Buffaloe Road, Anderson Point, Clayton River Walk and Smithfield Town Commons. Seven sites in the Lower Neuse tested positive for E. coli at levels unsafe for recreation, exceeding state and federal standards: Oak Bluff Road, Highway 11 boat ramp in Kinston, Slocum Creek boat ramp in Havelock, Pollocksville, Brice’s Creek, and Midyette Street and Rice Creek in Oriental. Two sites along the Tar-Pamlico tested at levels unsafe for recreation: Port Terminal in Greenville and Havens Garden in Washington. We recommend using caution while […]

Embrace NC History and Nature at July 4 Events across the State

By WSCard | June 25, 2021
NC Aquarium

Savor history and nature at a state park, aquarium or the zoo July 4 weekend. Numerous activities are planned across the state that coincide with Independence Day. Enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social at Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort, a walk in a shady state park, a fife and drum parade at Tryon Palace in New Bern, or other modestly priced or free family fun at attractions of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. Most historic sites will be closed. The N.C. Aquariums, N.C. Zoo and all State Parks will be open. N.C. State Parks will be […]

What’s What Around New Bern Weekend Edition — June 24 – 27, 2021

By WSCard | June 24, 2021
Shop Class New Bern

Good morning, New Bern Now Readers! Here’s a snapshot of what’s happening in and around town. Pic of the Day: Maurice “Mo” Howland and Gator at Shop Class, DIY Community Workshop, in New Bern, NC Bear Outlook Via National Weather Service Today: Sunny, with a high near 82. Light northeast wind increasing to 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 15 mph. Tonight: A slight chance of showers between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 67. Northeast wind around 6 […]

MumFest is returning to Downtown New Bern in 2021

By WSCard | June 23, 2021
MumFest 2021

Excitement builds for award winning festival Swiss Bear, Inc., the Main Street organization for the City of New Bern, is happy to announce that MumFest 2021 will be on Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th. This year’s festival will return with its normal layout and experience. It will be similar to previous years with over 175 artisan and food vendors, live music and entertainment, beer gardens, as well as a carnival experience with family-friendly games and amusement park rides. Last year’s reimagined event, “MumFeast!” will also return the weekend of October 15th and 16th to include street cafes, artisans, […]