Bern Bear/ Lawson Creek  LbNA # 4565 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJun 30 2003
LocationNew Bern, NC
Found By Terry and Sheila
Last Found Jun 26 2010
Hike Distance?

This box has been returned to active status! Enjoy!
John Lawson was an explorer, surveyor, and a land speculator, fur trader, a naturalist, ethnographer and writer. We know he "laid out" the land in New Bern in the early 1700's. Tuscarora Indians in the Neuse River Region took his life in 1711.

The Bridge that bore John Lawson's name is gone, but the park and the Creek remain. The park near the Creek is where you will find the box.

From the East, travel westbound on Hwy. 70 until you see the BIG BEAR that faces the Trent River. Exit here. Go right at the light and then right again. (Berne is Swiss for bear, and Berne, Switzerland is the sister city!)

From the West, travel east on Hwy. 70. Exit at the Trent Woods/Pembroke Exit (No Bear at this exit!) Go left at the light, over the Hwy through the next light then go right into the park.

Entering the park there are soccer fields on either side of the road. You will pass a large parking area on the left that is mainly for vehicles that have launched their boats at the first ramp. Continue on and park in the small gravel lot on the left near the shelter and the restrooms.

Stand in front of the doors of the restrooms looking toward the road you just drove down. You will see a trail that is a raised wooden decking. Follow this trail. It will become a gravel trail. The trail will make a severe left turn at a triple trunk tree. Follow the trail to the other side of the triple tree. Look to your left. Go 20 paces to the edge of the undergrowth. There is a large overspreading tree directly in front of you. The box is at the base of the tree covered in brown felt. Remember to reseal the bag well, return it and cover it well! Follow the trail and it will put you back near the parking area!


Lawson Creek Park is a city-owned park. It is open from 6 AM until 11 PM. Though the park is open late, do not attempt this box after dark! You WILL need bug spray and be aware the area is prone to snakes, poison ivy and poison oak! Use extreme caution when reaching into any area. Please check out the views from the rest of the park! The views of the harbor and the Palace are awesome! There has been an alligator seen near the water's edge, but hasn't been seen in a few years.