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)

Layers of Our Community – October 10, 2021

By WSCard | October 10, 2021
Photos taken in and around New Bern, NC

This weekly gallery was created to showcase the people and places of the greater New Bern area and surrounding towns. By Wendy Card


Layers of Our Community

By WSCard | October 3, 2021
Pictures taken around the greater New Bern area

This weekly gallery was created to showcase the people and places of the greater New Bern area and surrounding towns. These are some of the pictures I’ve taken, so you’re only seeing a small portion of our community. Since we all have different experiences and views, please consider joining our efforts by sending us photos that you took, so we can provide a platform to represent all areas of our community. Size requirement: minimum height: 600 pixels. If we use them, we will give you credit. The images may be used on our website, social media platforms, daily news email, […]


Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern for September 30 – October 3, 2021

By WSCard | September 30, 2021
Sitting area along Riverwalk behind the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

Around Town Support 30+ small local businesses by shopping at the Crafty Bear Market. It’s part of the American Dream Project Pop-Up Shop. Join them and the New Bern Area Chamber of Commerce for the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, tomorrow, October 1 inside the New Bern Mall. Join the Craven Jaycees for Bingo on Saturday, October 2 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. We offer 15 games for prizes and at least one game for a cash payout. These games are kid friendly, and open to everyone. We have food vendors at the games to cover all the […]


Join The New Bern Yacht Club for September Meeting

By WSCard | September 25, 2021
New Bern Yacht Club - Flag Pole

New Bern Yacht Club (NBYC) will hold its monthly General Meeting on Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30 –7:30 p.m. Social Hour, followed by the Program and Business Meeting. Interested boaters are welcome to attend as guests; contact or call 252-634-2626. Upcoming member events include a cruise to Oriental’s Ol’ Front Porch Music Festival, annual Fall Colors cruise, and ladies’ socials. Membership benefits include year-round cruising and social events. Share the lifestyle! Visit and


Fall Heritage Plant Sale and Garden Lovers’ Weekend comes to Tryon Palace

By WSCard | September 24, 2021
Beds of flowers and plants

Autumn brings Chrysanthemums, the Fall Heritage Plant Sale, and Garden Lovers’ Weekend to Tryon Palace! Autumn’s mild and sunny days bring fall foliage and beautiful blooms to Tryon Palace’s gardens! Just as the fall season arrives, so do the hundreds of chrysanthemums that will adorn the Palace’s entry and the Latham Garden! Autumn is a wonderful time to visit Tryon Palace’s gardens, and the month of October offers many opportunities to do so! On Friday and Saturday, October 8th, and 9th, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Tryon Palace Fall Heritage Plant Sale returns to the Palace grounds, just […]


New Bern CROP Hunger Walk

By WSCard | September 24, 2021
Late Johnnie Sampson and Megan McGarvey

The New Bern CROP Hunger Walk will be held this Sunday, September 26 at Union Point Park. CROP Hunger Walks are community-based walk events held in cities and towns across the United States raising funds to support the global mission of Church World Service, a faith-based organization transforming communities around the globe through just and sustainable responses to hunger, poverty, displacement and disaster. Faith Connection is the local Host Partner. Twenty five percent of the funds raised in the New Bern Walk are returned to New Bern to support the great work of RCS (Religious Community Services). People can choose between […]


Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern for September 23 – 26, 2021

By WSCard | September 23, 2021
Downtown New Bern NC

Around Town Congratulations to Kim Briele and her team at LCA Advertising and Production for being selected as the Winner of the 42nd Annual Telly Award! CarolinaEast Health System is hosting a Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on September 26 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Harlowe Community Center. Presented by CarolinaEast Health System. No appointment is needed. *** GUSTO Arts & Entertainment Thursday: Open Mic Night with Charlie Duzan at the Brown Pelican, 411 Broad St. Friday: Barefoot Wade and Baker’s Rise Food Truck will be at BrÜtopia, 1201 Hwy 70 E. Due East will be on the […]


Eco-Adventure on the Carolina Swan

By WSCard | September 21, 2021
Lady Swan Boat Tours

The crew of Lady Swan Boat Tours, in partnership with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, is now offering a new weekly eco-adventure that will explore and discover the magic of our tidal marshes and sound. This partnership between the federation and Lady Swan Tours educates participants on how they can protect and restore our coastal resources. “We are so excited to partner with Lady Swan Tours for these new Eco-Adventure cruises.” Rachel Bisesi, a Coastal Education Coordinator at the federation said, “Cruise leader, Michael Diehl, is very knowledgeable about our coastal resources and makes this a fun adventure for everyone.” […]


Garden Lecture on Heritage Plants of ENC and Trade Specials

By WSCard | September 17, 2021
NC State Extension Garden

Tryon Palace is excited to announce the return of the annual Garden Lecture Series in September, co-hosted with the Craven County Agricultural Center. “Heritage Plants of ENC and Trade Specials” will be presented on Saturday, September 18th, at 10 a.m. in the Cullman Performance Hall at the North Carolina History Center. Featured speakers are Jennifer Knight, community gardener, Craven County Master Gardener, and owner of Knightscapes, a local design/build landscape firm, and Hadley Cheris, Tryon Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager. The lecture will focus on plants best adapted to face the weather challenges of Eastern North Carolina. It will also include a […]


Weekend Happenings in and around New Bern for September 16 – 19, 2021

By WSCard | September 16, 2021
Jet Skiing on Neuse River

Around Town Girl Scouts Field Day — Learn about Girls Scouts and have fun on Saturday from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Creekside Park, 1821 Old Airport Rd. in New Bern with the Coastal Pines Chapter. Questions? Call Jennifer Bertling at 259-2041. Sail with Captain Rod and the “Admiral” in luxury on Respite, their 42 foot sailing catamaran. Aquaventures Sailing Charters offer hourly, half-day, full-day, and sunset cruises and extended sailing packages. Call 646-8110. *** GUSTO Arts & Entertainment Thursday: Dueling Pianos at Tap That Craft Beer and Wine Bar, 901 Pollock St. 7:30 p.m. Friday: Ashton Ward at The […]