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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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Egrets, herons and cottonmouths

I drive a TRAM as a volunteer at the wildlife center and False Cape State Park. Great 4 hr trip. Highly recommend it. Visit includes narration and a visit to an old abandoned... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

I drive a TRAM as a volunteer at the wildlife center and False Cape State Park. Great 4 hr trip. Highly recommend it. Visit includes narration and a visit to an old abandoned village site.

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

We were on vacation looking for a place to not only spend time at the beach but also to see and experience nature and all it had to offer and we found it here with a variety of wildlife, walking trails through dunes and around fresh water ponds & lakes.The boardwalks & trails leading to the beaches were spectacular with... More 

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North Canton, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

The visitor center wasn't staffed when we were there and didn't provide much accept access to restrooms. There are maps posted at trail heads, and you are given a map when entering through the gates. There is a fee for entering unless you hold a National Park Pass, which is good here. If you are 62 or older you can... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

There is just not enough I can say about this area. Having grown up not far from here and enjoying it since childhood this has been one of my "grounding spots"...a place to recharge and relax with nature. Beauty at its best, come..give this a try you will see what I cannot put into words.

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Princeton, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

I was happy to purchase my lifetime National Senior Pass here for $10. The booth attendant was extremely friendly and the purchase couldn't have been easier. This is a lovely quite refuge with many trails and observation posts. I will definitely come back.

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

we hiked the wooden trail and saw deer, many turtles,several species of butterflies,lots of dragon flies, raccoon,a few pretty blooming wild flowers and egrets. you can hike right onto the beach-wear appropriate shoes for hot sand.

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vb
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

love this place! Have been several times. It's wonderfully natural yet paths are well-defined and "paved" (wood boardwalk) Choices of trails or walking on the beach. No bathrooms, lifeguards, water fountains or anything available once you leave the parking lot, so beware.

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Slate Hill, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Nice and quiet area great for watersports and local wildlife. Away from other more hectic areas at Virginia Beach.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Tip 1 - if you arrive after 6 PM, there is no entry/parking fee. Tip 2 - the sunsets are beautiful at this location! We've been there a few times and if you catch it at the right time with the right amount of clouds, it's amazing. This location is great for nature lovers. The trails are easy to walk... More 

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Mechanicsville, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I enjoyed riding my bicycle through this park. I saw very few people, and beautiful scenery. The road is gravel though, so it was a bit of a bumpy ride on my hybrid.

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