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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4325
757 301-7329
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and fishing in a completely...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Hiking
Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and fishing in a completely natural environment.
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Binghamton, New York
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67 reviews 67 reviews
10 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

This is one of the great walking beaches. The only downer were the porta - toilets at the ranger station. Maybe the filthiest I have ever seen- and I've been to rock concerts,

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South Hill, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014

The weather was bad so we didn't take the tram, but it looks beautiful and we can't wait to get back and ride the tram and put the yaks in the bay

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

The best time to go is in the winter with when Virginia Beach offers its Winter Wildlife Festival. Back Bay is usually open only to birds at this time of year, so it's a treat when professionally led expeditions through the refuge are available.

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Charlottesville, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

This is a great place to hike. They offer guided tours & shuttle tours also. We think it is a wonderful place to ride bikes and take the grandchildren.

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Philadelphia, Pa.
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79 reviews 79 reviews
15 attraction reviews
154 helpful votes 154 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Back Bay and the adjacent False Cape State Park give you a glimpse of what the oceanfront was like before being built up. Miles and miles of pristine, nearly uninhabited beaches. Bike/hike trails along the interior dikes, leading to Virginia's most southern state park (False Cape). Our favorite place to go in Virginia Beach.

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Trenton, NJ
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Not many birds; crabs were interesting. There are lots of trails. The beach is away from the tourist trap areas.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

For a very small fee (during summer) this wildlife refuge can award you with a fantastic natural experience. Great place to observe wildlife native to Virginia. Winter tram trips present fantastic views of Tundra Swans and Snow Geese. Hiking, biking and fishing are allowed seasonally. They offer annual and lifetime passes for sale which can help save time and money.... More 

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Burlington ma
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Beautiful area! Saw cottonmouth's mating . Nice place to get some exercise ! Nice wildlife refuge. Do the circular walk around it's the best ! Saw heron too.

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Durham, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

A serene place that can be explored at your own pace. Walk, bicycle, kayak ..... turtles, birds....tours available to back country.

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LINCOLN
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139 reviews 139 reviews
36 attraction reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

It's autum and long strings of cormorants fly down the beach headed for a rest stop at the re fuge. And one sees people with huge lenses walking roads and boardwalks photographing a ll sorts of wildlife. I like to fish the surf for drum and speckled trout at this time of the year. The refuge is stafffed by friendly... More 

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