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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)

Things to Do in New Bern: The Great Outdoors

By WSCard | August 21, 2020
Island Creek Trail

Although the virus is spreading in our community, it’s important to get outside! The most important reasons: – Getting outside can open your mind to the natural world. Smell the flowers, enjoy the sights and sounds around you. Reset your mind by unplugging from technology. – Our body needs vitamin D for bone health and the best way to get it is from moderate levels of sunlight on our skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, ”It doesn’t take much sun exposure for the body to produce vitamin D. Even committed proponents of unprotected sun exposure recommend no more than […]

Virtual Field Trip to Island Creek Forest Walk

By WSCard | July 27, 2020
Don Ostler, Carol Ostler and Michael Schachter

Here’s your chance to explore the Island Creek Trail! The Carolina Nature Coalition (CNC) takes you on a virtual field trip to Island Creek Forest Walk in the Croatan National Forest (CNF). Don Ostler narrated the episode and Carol Ostler and Michael Schachter highlighted areas of the creek and forest. Don emphasized the importance of the Island Creek area. “It is ecologically significant as it contains coastal mixed hardwoods and conifers; basic streamline habitat along with rare plants, diversity of birds; and the largest outcropping of marl in Eastern NC. Marl is a combination of fossilized shells and limestone which […]

The Zucchini Experiment: Planting in Small Spaces

By WSCard | July 22, 2020
The Zucchini Experiment

I’ve always wanted to plant squash, but I thought I needed a lot of space for it to grow. That was until a few weeks ago when I saw videos on how to plant vertically (similar to a tomato plant). I planted zucchini in an old recycle bin. Then collected fallen branches on the side of the road and repurposed them into a makeshift trellis. The first picture was taken a week ago and now, I’m adding more branches. It seems to be working! The flowers are blooming and I’m using soft twine to guide the stems up the trellis. […]

Living in New Bern Now and Beyond – Episode 148

By WSCard | July 21, 2020
New Bern Now Podsquad - Episode 148

The Podsquad is connecting you with the community by talking about the people, places, and local resources in New Bern, NC, and surrounding areas! The Podsquad: Talina Massey (Business Savvy), Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), Colleen Roberts (City of New Bern) and I talked about all kinds of things related living in the greater New Bern area and beyond. Listen to the audio version here: Show notes: Look at minutes: 1:18 – Catching up with The Podquad 1:50 – Juneteenth Exhibit at the Bank of the Arts 2:13 – Young Urban Professionals of ENC (YUP) Book Series 2:27 – Optimal Performance […]

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 runforthewarriors.org. 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 runinfo@hopeforthewarriors.org 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 […]