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)

City of New Bern will receive $134,000 for Stormwater Infrastructure

By WSCard | November 10, 2021
Environmental Grant

Attorney General Josh Stein  announced $866,591 in grants to preserve and enhance the environment in eastern North Carolina through the Environmental Enhancement Grant (EEG) program. Across the state, Attorney General Stein will award nearly $3 million in grants to 27 grantees. The City of New Bern will receive $134,000 to build stormwater infrastructure in an underserved neighborhood that has long been subject to flooding. The grant is a part of the city’s larger resiliency and revitalization project. “The city of New Bern is making smart investments in improving water quality and preventing flooding in historically underserved neighborhoods,” said Attorney General […]


Craven County Extension Tribute to Master Gardener Ethel Hess & Her Son Lance

By WSCard | November 10, 2021
Craven Master Gardeners

On Monday November 8, volunteers working in the Craven County Extension demonstration gardens paid tribute to long time Master Gardener Ethel Hess and her son Lance. Jeff White owner of Natural Stone donated and delivered a boulder for the new Rain Garden.


Craig Brake Memorial Colors 4 Cancer 10k, 5k, and 1 mile run/walk

By WSCard | November 4, 2021

The 2021 Craig Brake Memorial Colors 4 Cancer 10k, 5k, and 1 mile run/walk will be held this Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Creekside Elementary, 2790 Landscape Drive, New Bern, NC. The Colors 4 Cancer benefits the Journey of Hope Cancer Support Fund at the CarolinaEast Foundation. The fund supports cancer patients and their families in Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Carteret, and Onslow counties. The Colors 4 Cancer is a powdered color 10k/5k/1 mile fun run/walk to celebrate the various cancer color campaigns. The in-person event will take place Saturday, November 6th. The virtual event is from November 6 – 13th and […]


6th Annual Bernin’ to the Beach Bike Ride This Weekend

By WSCard | October 28, 2021
Bike Box Project

The Bike Box Project has one goal: End Parkinson’s Disease! Since its inception 4 years ago, the 501c3 has raised more than $200,000 toward that end. The money raised helps people locally fighting to stave off the effects of the debilitating disease through several programs at little to no cost to those it serves. Funds raised also help the Michael J Fox Foundation in its research to END PARKINSON’S DISEASE. Two major fundraising events are coming up and there are many opportunities to be involved and have a great time doing so. 6th Annual Bernin’ to the Beach Bike Ride: October 30, […]


Howling Coyotes this Halloween Indicates Pups are on the Move

By WSCard | October 26, 2021
Coyote Photo by: Shutterstock, Matt Knoth

Young coyotes are exploring new territories to call their own Just in time for Halloween, expect to see and hear more coyotes over the coming weeks as young coyotes leave their parents’ territory to establish a home of their own. They may wander long distances – upward of 300 miles – before settling down somewhere that’s not already occupied by an established coyote pair. As young coyotes roam, biologists at the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission experience an increase in reported sightings. According to data collected through the agency’s N.C. Wildlife Helpline, the most common calls about coyotes are about: Presence in […]


Breakfast Rotary Walks to End Polio on World Polio Day

By WSCard | October 22, 2021
New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club

The New Bern Breakfast Rotary Club will join Rotarians around the world in celebrating Rotary International’s World Polio Day on Sunday, October 24. Locally, members of the Breakfast club will meet at the Union Point Park Gazebo at 8:30 a.m. The three-mile Walk To End Polio along the New Bern waterfront and through parts of downtown, will begin at 9:00 a.m. “We are encouraging friends, family, and business associates of our club members to pledge their financial support, by the mile or a donation of any amount, so we can continue our efforts to END POLIO NOW,” said Paul Platek, […]


Weekend Happenings In and Around New Bern: October 21 – 24, 2021

By WSCard | October 21, 2021
The railroad bridge over the trent river in new bern, nc

Around Town For the month of October, The Tryon Civitan Club with the help of The Emerald Golf & Country Club, is sponsoring a Peanut Butter Drive to benefit Religious Community Services. Peanut butter can be dropped off at the Emerald. —–> We’re accepting submissions for our new Youth Section. Get more details here. Starting this week, American Legion Post 539 is cleaning the graves located in Greenwood Cemetery. Stay tuned for the story. *** GUSTO Tours Ghost Tour of New Bern every Tuesday thru Saturday. Visit the Black Cat Shoppe located at 246 Middle St. or call 635-1410 for […]


Join the New Bern Yacht Club at October Meeting

By WSCard | October 21, 2021
New Bern Yacht Club - Flag Pole

New Bern Yacht Club (NBYC) will hold its monthly General Meeting on Tuesday October 26th, 6:30 p.m. Social Hour, 7:30 p.m. Program and Business Meeting, 1206 Brices Creek Rd. The featured program will be “Not-So-Noticeable Tidbits of New Bern History.” Interested boaters are welcome to attend as guests by contacting or calling 252/634-2626. Upcoming November events include the Annual Fall Colors Cruise and our signature Small Boat Christmas Flotilla. Share the lifestyle! Visit and By Lucy Litchy


Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern: October 14 – 17, 2021

By WSCard | October 14, 2021
Brewery 99 in New Bern, NC

Around Town We wish Todd and Shannon Burlingame of Gina’s Pizza the best as they start their next chapter in life. Congratulations to the new owners, Daniel Hand and Marisol Schultz, Brandon Shaver and Tia Shaver. The Schultz’s own The Garage and Mari’s Hella Fat Food and the Shaver’s own Freshwater Beer Company. For the month of October, The Tryon Civitan Club with the help of The Emerald Golf & Country Club, is sponsoring a Peanut Butter Drive to benefit Religious Community Services. Peanut butter can be dropped off at the Emerald. Congratulations, Rowland and The Home Sales Team on […]


Spooktacular Halloween Happenings and Pumpkin Picking in and around New Bern

By WSCard | October 12, 2021
Christ Church's Pumpkin Patch

It’s that time of year! Check out the upcoming Halloween festivities in New Bern and surrounding areas. Pick out your pumpkins at: – Christ Church’s Pumpkin Patch at 217 Pollock St. Call 633-2109. – New Bern Farm, Garden, and Landscaping, 1309 Old Cherry Point Rd. Call 638-1983. – Pinecone Home and Garden, 4136 Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. Call 631-5075 – White’s Farm Pumpkin Patch at 5200 Hwy 17 N in Vanceboro. Call 244-2106. – McCoy Farm Pumpkins, 1721 Jonestown Rd., Dover. Call 637-8470. You can also find them at most area grocery stores. All Hallows at Tryon Palace on October […]