>Enjoy the “Hidden Jewel of Eastern NC” in New Bern’s Backyard!


The beautiful Croatan National Forest is begining to flourish with activity as spring is in the air! This incredible wonder spans over 160,000 acres and is located within minutes of downtown New Bern.  
Many of us get caught up in working long hours and spending any free time running errands and/or taking care of family matters. We forget to take time off to enjoy the simple things in life. Do you feel the same way?

If so, I encourage you to stop by the Croatan National Forest’s Ranger and Visitor Center on Hwy 70 East for a map of the roads and check out all the informational pamphlets. The friendly Rangers will answer any of your questions. Don’t forget to ask them about the Croatan’s large population of carnivorous plants such as the Venus fly-trap, sundew, pitcherplant! Kids of all ages love this kind of thing!

Enjoy a nature walk, biking, bird watching, camping, fishing, hiking, hunting, and taking photos of the wildlife in the Croatan!

Surrounded by water, the Trent and Neuse Rivers, Brices Creek, Catfish Lake, and the many tributaries and creeks, there are plenty of opportunities for boating and water sports, fishing, and swimming!

The Croatan National Forest is home to the alligator, bald eagle, bat, beaver, black bear, bobcat, coyote, crane, duck, egret, geese, hawk, mink, osprey, owls, peregrine falcon, pheasant, pileated woodpecker, possum, quail, rabbit, raccoon, squirrel, white-tail deer, wild turkey and more wildlife!

The Croatan National Forest Ranger Station is located off Hwy 70 East at 141 E. Fisher Ave., New Bern, NC, 252-638-5628. Or visit the US Department of Agriculture’s National Forest website for brochures, recreational maps, and more information.

Please feel free to share your experiences in the Croatan with us by commenting below. You can also follow New Bern Now on Facebook!

Wendy Card

About New Bern Now
Editor-in-Chief, Wendy Card, founded New Bern Now in April 2009. There were a number of reasons she developed the website. While stationed in Washington DC, she had 30 days to transfer to Naval Hospital Cherry Point and didn’t know much about the area. She was frustrated because there wasn’t a central location on the Internet for information about New Bern. Wendy retired from the Navy in Oct 2007. When our economy dived, she was trying to find her way in life and decided to give back to the community by creating a website that provided a “One Stop, Information Shop” to help people find out what’s happening in our community along with creating a free business listing to help business owners who couldn’t afford to advertise.

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