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)

January events at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort

By WSCard | December 20, 2019
NC Maritime Museums

Maritime Movie: Lincoln’s Secret Weapon In March 1862, opposing ironclads, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia, battle to a draw but change naval combat forever. Monitor would eventually sink off the coast of Cape Hatteras during a storm and become the nation’s first marine sanctuary. Join the N.C. Maritime Museum, located at 315 Front St. in Beaufort, on Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. for a screening of Lincoln’s Secret Weapon, which also follows an elite team of divers as they attempt to recover priceless artifacts from American naval history. Admission to the showing is free, and advance registration is not required. […]

Your U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Change of Watch

By WSCard | December 12, 2019
Jeff Perkins and Mark Sonder photo by Dave Tolley

Atlantic Beach, NC – The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Ft. Macon, Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, Beaufort, areas) is proud to announce it is having its Change of Watch on Saturday evening January 04, 2020, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at The Inn at Pine Knoll Shores in Pine Knoll Shores. Flotilla Commander Mark Sonder will be welcoming to the helm as Vice Flotilla Commander, Captain Jeffrey Lance Perkins. The public is welcome to attend the dinner and to meet their local U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary members patrolling and educating the Atlantic Beach, Morehead City, and Beaufort communities. For reservations, please […]

Notification of Wastewater Spill in Craven County

By WSCard | November 12, 2019
City of New Bern, NC

General Statute 143-215.1C requires that the owner or operator of any wastewater collection or treatment works to issue a press release 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 November 9, 2019 of an estimated 7,125 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. […]

Attention Anglers

By WSCard | October 18, 2019
Neuse River "Fishers of Men" Inshore Trail

Neuse River “Fishers of Men” Inshore Trail VANDEMERE TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND!!! You can still enter until the end of Captains meeting! This coming Saturday we see who has what it takes to win 1st place and take home $1200 at the 3rd event of the NRFOM Inshore Series in Vandemere! There is still time to sign up! The Captains meeting will be held at Union Point Church. Registration is $150.00 per 2 man team. Junior anglers (13 and under) are encouraged and can be used in your 2 man team creel limit. Food will be served at 6:00 p.m. and […]

Fun Around Town October 17 – 23, 2019

By WSCard | October 17, 2019

Live Music Options At press time here is what we found for the week ahead. Always call the venue to confirm.   Thursday, October 17, 2019    Alisa Mike on stage at City Stage each Thursday 7-9 pm City Stage New Bern 901 B Pollock St offers the serenading sounds of the talented Alisa Mike. Music is served from 7-9 pm Persimmons Restaurant 100 Pollock St (252) offers the music of father/daughter duo Maci Moynae serving the fun sounds under the sails for your dining pleasure evening on the deck. Music plays from 6:30-9:30 pm. The Brown Pelican 411 Broad St., (252) 631-5008 Open Mic is […]

Native Plants Tour at Latham-Whitehurst Park

By WSCard | October 9, 2019
NC State Extension Craven County Master Gardener

Saturday, October 19, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Listen, Learn, and Questions OFFSITE: NATIVE PLANTS TOUR at LATHAM-WHITEHURST PARK” – Presented by Dr Tom Glasgow Sponsored by the Craven County Cooperative Extension and Facilitated by Craven County Extension Master Gardener Volunteers. These programs are free and open to everyone! Great family education! Call 252-633-1477 for more information. Submitted by: Jim Davidson

Coming to New Bern…its Kidsville Club Days!

By WSCard | October 9, 2019
New Bern Parks and Recreation

New Bern Parks and Recreation presents a new program designed for children in K-8th grades, It’s Kidsville Club Days. This program is offered on select teacher work days throughout the school year from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Children will enjoy an action-packed day of fun, games and field trips. Participants will receive pizza and drinks for lunch along with snacks. Pre-registration is required. Kidsville Club Days will be held on the following Teacher Workdays: Monday, October 14, 2019; Tuesday, November 5, 2019; Friday February 14, 2020, Monday, February 17, 2020 and Friday, March 20, 2020. Early drop off is […]

River Bend Community Day

By WSCard | October 7, 2019
River Bend Community Day

The Annual River Bend Community Day will be on October 26, 2019. Many, many yard/garage sales, Red Caboose Library Book Sale and The River Bend Garden Club Bake Sale (outside of the library). Lists of sales and maps of the town will be given out to “buyers/visitors” to the town at PierPoint development. It will be a big sale day and a lot of fun! Any questions or concerns, please call me at 636-2038 or send me an email. Submitted by: Elizabeth Brinson

New Bern Now and Beyond Podcast for October 3, 2019

By WSCard | October 4, 2019
New Bern Now Podsquad

Episode 126 Connecting you with our community as we talk about the people, places, and the latest happenings in and around New Bern! During the show we talked about community news from locals; along with businesses and nonprofits! We also went Staytrippin’, Daytrippin’, and Nighttrippin’! During this show, New Bern Now’s Podsquad: Colleen Roberts (City of New Bern), Kathy Morrison (New Bern Historical Society), Rich Sheridan (Crystal Coast Discovery Map), Susan Moffat-Thomas, Charles Tendell (New Bern Live), with and I talked about the latest happening in our community on location in the Charles Tendell Studio located inside the O’Marks Bldg., 233 […]

Things to do in and around New Bern: Oct 3 – 10, 2019

By WSCard | October 3, 2019
Things to do in and around New Bern NC

Arts Around Town 4th: The Last Suit, 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Orringer Auditorium. Presented by the Lifetime Learning Center at Craven Community College. Call 252-633-2618. 4th: NC Radio Jam, 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at the New Bern Farmers Market. 4th: An Evening of Mozart & Elgar with Conductor Wesley Schulz, 7:00 p.m. at Temple Church. Presented by The North Carolina Symphony. Call 919-733-2750. 4th: ArtWalk – New Bern, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., presented by the Craven Arts Council at the Bank of the Arts, Greater Good Gallery, and numerous locations in Downtown and around New Bern. 252-638-2577. 4th – 5th: […]