Craven County is home to several parks that residents and visitors can enjoy. Whether you want to go for a walk, go fishing, take in some of the county’s beautiful natural sites, or just sit on a bench and take in some of the breathtaking waterfront views that are available, there is always something available. thing to do when visiting one of the Craven Departmental Parks. Let’s take a look at a few from our list.
1821 Old Airport Road, New Bern
Creekside Park is Craven County’s largest athletic park. The park has four full-size soccer fields, eight full-size sand volleyball courts, three hard-courts with LED lighting, four youth ball fields and adult softball fields, d A 1-hole disc golf course and an outdoor five-station fitness equipment system. There are also swings, picnic shelters and a walking path.
There are three playgrounds at Creekside Park for children of all ages. They are conveniently located next to shelters, youth ball fields and at the water’s edge, allowing children to play while being supervised from a safe distance. In 2016, an inclusive play area near the Rotary Hut was added with an additional play area for children 2-5 and 6-11. This playground also offers a wide range of play components for children of different ages and abilities and includes a triple zipline, musical play area and the Liberty wheelchair swing specially designed for anyone, from child to child. the adult in a wheelchair. Other features include disabled parking, wide sidewalks, and rubber flooring for safety and ease of movement. The Craven County Department of Recreation and Parks recently added 6 wheelchair accessible picnic tables to the Rotary Shelter, painted all buildings and applied a seal to the front playground in areas that have been rubber mulch.
The waterfront area offers canoe and kayak access, playgrounds, gazebo, picnic shelter, and walkways leading to Brice’s Creek.
Picnic shelters and a gazebo are available for hire for gatherings, such as birthdays, family reunions, business or family picnics. Reservations are not required but are required for exclusive use.
Bricks are available for purchase in memory or in honor of someone or if you wish to support park improvement. The bricks are on display near the flagpole in front of the new playground. For more information or to purchase a brick, contact Billy Wilkes at 252-636-6606 or email [email protected]
Pointe Union Park
210 East Front St., New Bern
Union Point Park, located in downtown New Bern, is one of the city’s busiest parks. Several events are held at the park throughout the year, including the New Bern City Summer Concert Series, the Great Trent River Raft Race, and the Seafood Festival. The park is located on six acres and is where the Neuse and Trent rivers meet.
There is a lighted gazebo which is frequently used for weddings and other special events. There is a walking path, boat launch, restrooms, picnic tables, fishing docks, barbecues and a children’s play area.
Visitors to Union Point Park enjoy river views and outdoor activities, along with pleasant weather and balmy summer temperatures, in historic New Bern, North Carolina. Union Point Park is benefiting from storm upgrades and repairs with renovated public facilities, a new boat dock, a new dock, and the completion of the Riverwalk Bridge that connects a popular footbridge along the Trent River and the Neuse river.
Craven Park West
2791 Streets Ferry Road, Vanceboro
West Craven Park is located across from West Craven High School in Vanceboro. It opens from 8 a.m. to dusk and longer for scheduled activities.
The park has four youth baseball fields including one dedicated to older youth, four multi-use fields, six tennis courts, a sand golf course, a walking trail, a picnic shelter and a designed playground. for children from 5 to 12 years old.
The park hosts various sporting events in the county including the Twin Rivers Little League, West Craven Pop Warner League, Craven Jaquars, Cove City Cougars, and West Craven High School Tennis Team, to name a few. .
Latham-Whitehurst Nature Park
1095 Broad Creek Road, New Bern
This park opened in 2011 and has 133 acres of pristine coastal land. This is the county’s first nature park and it offers hiking, nature viewing, bird watching, and access to Broad Creek via a boardwalk. There are walking trails that range from 0.16 mile to 0.8 mile. All trails are color coded. The nature park has a 2,000-foot dock overlooking Broad Creek that includes an observation area, a fishing section, and a canoe / kayak launch pad. There is also a picnic shelter at the entrance to the park which is available for small groups and groups and on all trails, picnic tables and benches are available for your convenience as well as a lookout halfway up the gravel trail.
Martin Marietta Park
700 S. Glenburnie Road, New Bern
Martin Marietta Park is the newest park in the city, and when completed will be the largest park in the New Bern city park system. Construction of the park began in June 2020 and is currently in phase 1 which includes trails and roads, access to fishing and boating, restrooms, a playground, a picnic shelter and a swimming area. It is planned to add a tree climbing course and an amphitheater.
The park opens at dusk and the gates close at 5 p.m. Guests are urged to exercise caution when visiting the park as it is still currently under construction.
To learn more about Martin Marietta Park, go here.
340 Glenburnie Drive, New Bern
Glenburnie Park is a 51 acre park located on the Neuse River and is located north of town and offers rolling terrain. The trail circles the perimeter of the park, including a short path through the woods and includes views of the river. Toilets are available and the park offers a disc golf course, a fenced dog park, a launching ramp, outdoor shelters, a perimeter path and a playground.