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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4325
757 301-7329
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
Activities: Hiking
Description: This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and fishing in a completely natural environment.
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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The refuge has walking trails along marsh and swamp, a gorgeous beach with birds and dolphins, and a road to False Cape State Park to bike or walk. Doesn't get much better than this.

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Memphis, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Great time, great tours of the area. knowledgeable staff. Didn't see many birds. Took lots of pictures,

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McLean, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

by chance came across a volunteer on her day off who just loves being at the refuge so she was there on her day off. she walked with us for an hour pointing out lots of things that we may not have noticed. 6 cottonmouth snakes, 2nd most venemous in the US, should make all walkers be on the alert.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

took us about 7 hours to ride our bike all the way to north carolina border. beautiful and well maintained park.

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Warsaw, Indiana
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52 reviews 52 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

My friend Holly, an entomologist who collects samples here, clued us in to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. It is a short drive from Virginia Beach and is separate from the kitschy shops or the crowded beach houses we passed along the way. The ranger station is small but does have some interesting exhibits. The beach is natural and inviting.... More

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Annapolis, Maryland
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145 reviews 145 reviews
33 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Nice trails for bike riding and walking. Many chances to see waterfowl. Would definitely visit here again.

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Charleston, WV
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

On this last trip we spotted an osprey eating a fish, and got the most amazing pictures. There is a nominal charge to enter the refuge, and it is well worth it. There are great panoramas of the bay available. Different parts of the park are off-limits during different seasons to allow various animals undisturbed access to their natural habitat.... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Very beautiful beach which you are not suppose to fish or swim on I loved seeing all the wild life that we did ... I did not like that i did see people fishing . Beautiful for watching the sunsets

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Hoosick Falls, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Went a couple of years ago (unprepared) This year we made sure to bring water with us. It wasn't as hot, and we saw some wildlife.

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Islamorada
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74 reviews 74 reviews
50 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

While just a short distance from the more crowded Hampton area beaches, this National Wildlife Refuge is a gem. As seniors our Golden Age pass let us visit at no cost. The trails were easy and scenic... both on the ocean and the back bay. It was fascinating to see the wildlife - turtles, venomous snakes which kept their distance... More

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