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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)

Garden Lovers’ Weekend and the Spring Heritage Plant Sale

By WSCard | March 16, 2021
Spring Heritage Plant Sale

Garden Lovers’ Weekend and the Spring Heritage Plant Sale Returns to Tryon Palace The Spring Heritage Plant Sale returns to Tryon Palace on April 9 and 10 from 9 AM – 5 PM where customers can bring home Tryon Palace plants to add to their own gardens. The plant sale will be located on the Palace grounds behind the Daves House, just behind the Palace front gate. The annual Spring plant sale offers a selection of plants grown locally and in the Palace’s nursey yard, as well as a variety of annuals, heirloom vegetables, perennials, herbs and other Spring favorites […]

Above the Roots presents Elevated Yoga

By WSCard | March 9, 2021
Elevated Yoga

No yoga experience required. (gentle stretch and meditation) Elevation, Meditation, and Yoga. When: Sunday, March 28th @ 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Price: $15 Where: Outdoors – Creekside Park What to bring: Yoga mat, towel and drinks of your choice, CBD items provided for sample and purchase at your leisure. Click here to sign up! Questions? Email Above the Roots. By Max Oglesby, Above the Roots

Call for Partners for New Bern’s Earth Day Celebration

By WSCard | March 3, 2021
Croatan National Forest

“Restore Our Earth” We’re looking for partners to join us for New Bern’s 3rd Earth Day Celebration on April 22, 2021! We will be holding a virtual event – time to be determined. Let us know if you have any ideas for interactive activities to add to the celebration! We will follow the CDC and NCDHHS COVID-19 public health safety guidelines. If you are an eco-friendly business owner, nonprofit organization, or individual, we would love to partner with you! When I say green, I mean anyone who is making conscious efforts to reduce your carbon footprint and lead by example. There […]

36th Annual Neuse River Senior Games

By WSCard | February 19, 2021
Neuse River Senior Games

Registration is open for the 36th Annual Neuse River Senior Games The 2021 Neuse River Senior Games athletic events will begin on Monday, April 19 and conclude on Friday, May 7. The SilverArts competition will take place Monday, Aril 19 – Wednesday, April 21. The last day to register for athletic events and the SilverArts competition will be Friday, March 12. Seniors who are 50 years of age by December 31, 2021 and residents of the six participating counties (Craven, Duplin, Greene, Jones, Lenoir, & Pamlico) are eligible to participate in the Neuse River Senior Games. A participant must be […]

Wedding Pop-up Event at Tryon Palace for Couples Tying the Knot

By WSCard | February 12, 2021
Wedding Pop-up Event by Caitlin Gregory Photography

Did Cupid bring you a ring for Valentine’s Day?  If you are planning a wedding in the near future Tryon Palace is hosting a Pop-up Wedding Planning Event to ease your planning anxieties. Today’s restrictions and guidelines have not made wedding planning easy, and Tryon Palace’s wedding planners and event manager want to help you through this process. On February 21, from 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Tryon Palace is hosting a Wedding Pop-Up Show, where couples can discuss their wedding ideas and plans with some of our recommended vendors, tour the venues and Gardens, and mark off a few items on the planning checklist. Vendors will be staged in […]

Neuse River Bridge Run helps bridge gaps in our community

By WSCard | February 9, 2021
Neuse River Bridge Run 2021

Trent Woods neighbors, adults and children, lace up your running shoes for fun, exercise and a worthy cause! For over 15 years, the Neuse River Bridge Run (NRBR) has been uniting runners, walkers, volunteers and sponsors – all to support seven important nonprofits in our community. Due to COVID-19 health concerns and state and city safety mandates, the NRBR must proceed this year without in-person race events. But that is not stopping the fun or our mission. The Bridge Run Committee (the seven nonprofit organizations) is proceeding with virtual and challenge run/walk events for March 18-28, 2021. Sadly, our 2020 Run […]

Annual project cleans up waterways and employs watermen and women during a slower time of the year

By WSCard | January 7, 2021
Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is set to begin its seventh year of the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project this week. Thirty-one commercial watermen along the northern and central coast will set out into the sounds to collect lost crab pots. Every year, crab pots and other fishing gear are lost in our sounds in a variety of ways. Lost gear can get hung up or drift into channels, creating hazards to boaters and wildlife. Since 2014, the federation has led the Lost Fishing Gear Recovery Project in an effort to remove lost crab pots from North Carolina sounds. With […]

Navigating Local Waters Boating Class January 30th

By WSCard | January 4, 2021
USCG Boating Safety

Your New Bern area USCG Auxiliary flotilla will hold its first safe boating class of the season Saturday, January 30th virtually via Zoom from 9 a.m. to Noon. The Neuse and Pamlico River basins, the Intercoastal and Outer Banks are very popular boating areas. For new or experienced area boaters, your local Coast Guard Auxiliary in New Bern offers this three hour “basics” course on navigating these local waters. Subjects covered include locations and features of popular anchorages, marinas, using a chart or GPS on local waters, aids to navigation (buoys), new locations for boating adventure including the Intercoastal Waterway, […]

AeroShell Aerobatic Team to perform Night Show in New Bern

By WSCard | November 24, 2020
AeroShell Aerobatic Team

Saturday, December 5th The AeroShell Aerobatic Team will be in New Bern on Saturday, December 5th to perform a night air show. The show will be held over the Neuse River and can be viewed from Council Bluff Green, the Riverwalk, and Union Point Park. The event is scheduled to begin around 4:30 p.m. Admission is FREE! This event is sponsored by Wendy and Buddy Stallings. The AeroShell Aerobatic Team was founded in 1984. The team performs tight, awe-inspiring formation aerial maneuvers in front of millions of airshow fans all over North America. With Mark Henley, team lead; Bryan Regan, right wing; Steve Gustafson, left […]

City of New Bern Receives Grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Federation

By WSCard | November 23, 2020
City of New Bern

The City of New Bern is pleased to announce a grant award of $150,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) National Coastal Resilience Fund to continue its important work to create a Resiliency and Hazard Mitigation Plan and become a more resilient city. This federal grant, one of 46 awarded across the country, will allow the City of New Bern to continue the in-depth planning necessary to identify priority restoration sites with feedback from our residents and stakeholders. These funds will also be used to develop engineering and design plans for a nature-based infrastructure project to reduce flood […]