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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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Islamorada
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73 reviews 73 reviews
49 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

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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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
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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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3 attraction reviews
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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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