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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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Charleston, WV
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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
49 helpful votes 49 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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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

Very isolated and great nature walk. We loved every minute. We saw wild hogs an horses. Great bike trip.

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Barneveld, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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