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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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Interesting and beautiful area

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 1, 2015
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Rochester, New York
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Rochester, New York
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
4 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
24 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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State College, Pennsylvania
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Worth the drive to the end of Sandbridge Island to experience a unique natural setting. Easy access by auto or bike. Trails and walkways wide, well marked and provide great opportunities to observe plants and wildlife. Blinds and observation points well located for optimum viewing. Nature center very informative. Plan to spend several hours exploring.

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Greenfield, Massachusetts
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46 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

we had a nice visit down to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge near Sandbridge, VA south of Virginia Beach (a half hour drive). We're not official "birders" but managed to see Cormorants, Turkey Vulture, Snow, Canada and Blue Geese, Tundra Swan, Mallard, Canvasback, Pintail and Northern Shoveller Ducks, Osprey, Bald Eagle, Coots, Gulls, Terns, Mourning Doves, Flicker, BlueJay, Crow,... More 

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53 reviews 53 reviews
9 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

I only have visited during the winter months, so my opinions may be skewed. Back Bay is definitely secluded and a drive from anywhere in Virginia Beach, unless you live in Sand Bridge. There are some nice trails that move along the water, a few benches here are there. A great place to come and watch the sunset, take some... More 

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Severn, Maryland
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86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

We visited here in January. The views were wonderful, and it was very peaceful. I definitely wouldn't come here in the summer though, as it seems that it would be very hot and buggy. Any other time of the year should be good though. It looks like a nice place to canoe/kayak.

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Orlando, Florida
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

great back to nature experience... I am sure I would have enjoyed it more if it had been warmer regardless it was a nice way to spend a few hours

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

If it's one thing the girls and I like to do, it's hike. We decided to visit our friend In Virginia Beach, so this was very close and convenient. Great day walking the trails and exploring, definitely a great outdoors day trip.

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Eaton Rapids, Michigan
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43 reviews 43 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We went out to the refuge and we would love to have explored and walked the trails. Unfortunately it was cold, windy and rainy. :( We will go back on a nicer day.

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