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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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Burlington ma
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014 NEW

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 NEW

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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138 reviews 138 reviews
36 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
30 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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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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Carlisle, Pennsylvania
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Take your walking shoes. You can't drive thru the refuge. But you do need to take the walkway out to the beach area. You can't swim or sun bath, but it's worth the walk & view.

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Very nice set up to walk around and enjoy wildlife. Could have spent more time there. There were signs and information stations about the area.

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Richmond, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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