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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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lots of trails

lots of trails to walk on. friendly people good price for parking all day. don't have to worry about parking meters or parking fines. good place to visit and exercise.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

lots of trails to walk on. friendly people good price for parking all day. don't have to worry about parking meters or parking fines. good place to visit and exercise.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Excellent place to walk or ride your bike while enjoying nature! I've seen turtles, heron, osprey, racoons, and even a snake on my nature hikes. I'm certainly glad I was on a bike when I saw the snake. The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is a great place to get away from it all and just enjoy the beauty of... More 

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Hampton, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This once beautiful spot has been taken over by the dad gum feds. The state park is cut off unless you want to walk five miles down a jeep road. No humans allowed, only feds. The other option is to drive many miles around. I believe there is also a shuttle at certain times. There is a tiny part of... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Bicycle, motorcycles, etc. are great to enjoy and experience the rural area with many things to see. Take time to really look and enjoy everything there. This is a great diversion from the bahumbug daily sandy beach with screaming kids.

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We stumbled across this wildlife refuge while cruising around Sandbridge Beach. We had to pay $8 (I believe) which was very pricey to us; we live in East Tennessee where there are natural wonders all around us and our National Parks usually only charge $2-3 for breathtaking scenery. It was miserably hot this day and I was not feeling great.... More 

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Fairfax, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

We Kayaked around this in the back waters. Surrounded by Bullrushes. Looking at the tall grass and the bull rushes, my kids said it reminded them about the drawings in Beatrix Potter & in the Book- the Wind in the Willows!

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Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Beautiful and tranquil place to collect your thoughts and listen to the wildlife and wave crash. Will definitely go back when back in Sandbridge.

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Grand Prairie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

My escape to peace. Love to go here and just sit and watch the bay. Birds, wildlife, and more make it so peaceful and exciting at the same time.

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Sewell, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We started in this park ($5 per car load) and ride our bikes through to False Cape (beware of snakes in FC). Back bay has a nice visitor center.

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Va. Beach, VA.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is such a nice area, I'm so glad it's preserved. We drove through going to North Carolina, and it was so beautiful, and tranquil. I wish we had been able to stop, but we'll make a trip again to see more of it.

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Additional Information about Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Address: 4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4325
Phone Number: 757 301-7329
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

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