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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4325
757 301-7329
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90%
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Zoos & Aquariums
Activities: Hiking
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Owner description: This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and fishing in a completely natural environment.
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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16 reviews 16 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
150 helpful votes 150 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
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
45 helpful votes 45 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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63 reviews 63 reviews
33 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Would recommend getting away from the busy beach and ‘tourist’ areas and take a drive down to the wildlife refuge area for quiet appreciation of the wildlife and marsh environment on the one side and the ocean on the other. The easy hiking trails of various distances are well marked and easy to navigate, with a boardwalk that leads you... More

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Boydton, VA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Beautiful, natural area. Much fowl to view. Good fishing & crabbing. Just make sure you have the appropriate. license. This is right at the NC line. Mundun Park is a great place to launch a boat, fish, picnic, just relax away from noise.

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3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Nice and quiet scenery. Peaceful, picturesque and breathtaking. Bring your walking shoes, plenty of exercise to be had and wildlife!!!😊

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