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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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Barneveld, New York
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This is a nice place to walk on a natural beach undeveloped by man. In the right season you can see numerous migrating bird's. We did see numerous turtles and some birds and ducks.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great place to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. We took our bikes and biked through the refuge. Plenty of both sun and shade. Lots of quiet.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This is a beautiful wildlife refuge with numerous raised wooden boardwalk-type pathways that take various paths though all aspects of the salt/brackish water wetland environment. You can expect to see tracks of larger animals, numerous birds, and a few small animals on almost any visit. We've also seen deer wandering about, a nutra, a black snake (harmless), a water moccasin... More

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

We loved this place. Beautiful things to see every way you turn. I have lived in Virignia my whole life and just recently discovered this place. Needless to say, my husband and I have been 3 times in the past few months, and plan to go again as soon as we get some free time. I recommend for people of... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2014

Located south of the city of Virginia Beach, this huge wildlife refuge offers beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean and Back Bay, marshland, mature trees, and all kinds of wildlife. There are many walking/biking/hiking trails and a new visitors' center. Tram rides are available to explore far into the refuge. No dogs are allowed!

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Lancaster, Ohio
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Since it was off season when we went some of the trails were closed and the tram wasn't running to False Cape but the area was very nice and we enjoyed several trails.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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83 reviews 83 reviews
52 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Actually, it's a little south in Sandbridge but that's splitting things fine. It's a 25 minute drive south and east through some low country roads but well worth the drive. If you are on the Back Bay side there are marshes and grasses; kayaking; shallow water fishing and sunsets. There's a nice board walk through these areas, too. Walk five... More

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Oakland, Maryland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

We have visited here several times with our children. This is a wildlife refuge as its name suggests, so there are very limited options entertaining kids here. You can fish (with a license), walk a path through the dunes to undeveloped shoreline, hunt for shells, bike on the paths, nature watch, bird watch, hike, bike, launch a canoe or kayak,... More

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Black Mountain, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

This refuge offers visitors so much…a glimpse into what it might have been like before the Virginia Beach resort was built upon the dunes, and an active representation of what the sport of duck hunting is and how that brought a certain culture and economy to the region. But most of all, it is an excellent example of what conservation... More

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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013 via mobile

This destination is with it year round. If you are looking for big sky and quiet, this is a good place to go, not far from the hustle and bustle of Virginia Beach VA. This week I saw the following birds: trumpeter swans, bald eagle, kingfisher, American black duck, great blue heron, wood duck, American bittern, night heron, redwing blackbirds,... More

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