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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
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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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Christmas weekend visit

We visited Christmas day walking the trails hearing and seeing many birds. We went back the next day for ranger lead bird tour which is a must do if you visit the area.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2015
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Gardners, Pennsylvania
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Gardners, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

We visited Christmas day walking the trails hearing and seeing many birds. We went back the next day for ranger lead bird tour which is a must do if you visit the area.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2015

Note that the majority of the trails are closed. We examined the Back Bay NWR website prior to our visit, planned to spend the day hiking and taking photographs of the birds, and were surprised/disappointed upon arrival to find the majority of the trails closed. Their website, which states "Back Bay NWR provides over eight miles of scenic trails," neglected... More 

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Kensington, Maryland
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76 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

We were fortunate to have an off duty volunteer give us a tour and lots of information. I was there to take photos, but didn't see much that day. Want to go back in better weather.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

You probably never have heard about the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. I hadn't until I saw a promotional advertisement in a Virginia tourist guide. When it comes to wildlife refuges and beautiful landscape and picturesque panoramas, the 9,062 acres in an isolated area on the Atlantic Ocean is every bit as compelling as the Everglades. No, I'm not exaggerating.... More 

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Virginia Beach, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

A beautiful drive out to the refuge. Plenty of parking, walking paths, trees, flowers and the view. we walked for hours and loved every inch of what we saw.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2015 via mobile

So, the Back Bridge isn't so bad. This is awesome to view between the lake and the ocean . So, it's kinda nice and beautiful.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015 via mobile

We visited because of the reviews on Trip Advisor. We were not disappointed. There are trolley tours on Sunday's ($8 per adult). In November, parking was free, roads, and paths I crowded. Truth be told, we did not see much wildlife but the landscape was incredible.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

A great place to hike, bike, canoe, kayak, or take the tram to False Cape State Park. Surf fishing, and walking or biking along the beach is also great. Beautiful natural dunes add to the enjoyment. Check on line or at the Ranger Station for acceptable times of year for your activities so as not to disturb migratory animals.

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Carlsbad, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2015 via mobile

I took a drive out today and landed at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Just beautiful. So quiet and clean. Nature untouched. I recommend

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

This place is a national wildlife reserve so it does cost to get in. I walked to the beach on the wooden trail they built. It is a nice quiet place to watch the ocean and see some birds. I spoke to the rangers in the visitor center and they were really friendly and knowledgeable. I would recommend this place.

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