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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4325
Phone Number: 757 301-7329
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Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Activities: Hiking
Description: This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and...
This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and fishing in a completely natural environment.
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Quiet and Serene - unspoiled natural beauty

This National Wildlife Refuge is nature at its very best. It is an expansive ecosystem for birds and you may also see the occasional red fox or deer. Back Bay National Wildlife... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

This National Wildlife Refuge is nature at its very best. It is an expansive ecosystem for birds and you may also see the occasional red fox or deer. Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge offers an atmosphere of total peace and tranquility. The beach accessible from the refuge is protected, hence unspoiled, you may see the occasional turtle on the sand... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States
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196 reviews 196 reviews
25 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Take your camera as you will see some incredible wildlife and shore birds, especially in the mornings. There are restrooms however they are not always working. A lot of beautiful marsh around with some gorgeous sunsets.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Infrastructure is not very good... restrooms not working when I was there... but beautiful water and landscape, must see the sunset.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
20 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

This was a visit to a quiet wild part of Virginia. Lots of marsh and maritime woods. The Blue Goose tram was an open air bus driven by a local volunteer. It was a four hour guided tour on roads open to hikers and bikers only. A highlight was a short hike to an abandoned church and cemetery. Lots of... More 

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Staunton, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Windy day - hiked from parking lot to the beach...but didn't see any wildlife...guess they were all hiding?

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Fairhaven, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Great day trip, pack some snacks and water and explore the board walks, the dunes, and the small ponds surrounding the area.

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Springfield, Vermont
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26 reviews 26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015

we stopped on the bikes at little island, and went through the refuge, very beautiful. Natural beauty is what you expect, and receive

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Rochester, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

We visited here on a cold and windy April day making good use of our senior National Park Pass. Its an interesting area with a lot of wetland just inshore from the ocean, protected by large sand dunes. There are some nice, easy trails through the wetland where you can see a variety of wildlife, particularly birds. We also spotted... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We took visiting family out to enjoy the fall weather and had a great time! Walked along the trails, visited the beach, even saw a bald eagle!!

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Grandville MI
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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

A short drive from the condo we were staying in Virginia Beach, this Nature Center was worth the drive. The trails were either paved or had raised wooden walk ways. The scenery was beautiful and we got to see birds, turtles, etc. A volunteer found us walking and offered to go with us explaining about not only the birds and... More 

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