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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
Phone Number: 757 301-7329
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This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and...

This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking and fishing in a completely natural environment.

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a spot for bird watchers

you will have opportunity to see a variety of birds, also you can stay there at a camping area, however you must go or ride a bike (preferred) to see more.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Rob B
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

So I've only driven through a few times and come to the main lookout - I haven't used any of the trails or done anything like that but, while it looks pretty enough, it also looks sparse. There are some trails that are seasonal and you can't use them until the summertime but you can always drive to the visitor... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

you will have opportunity to see a variety of birds, also you can stay there at a camping area, however you must go or ride a bike (preferred) to see more.

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Thank Rob B
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place, beautiful board walks and the sand dunes are amazing. Definitely bring your pole! Was 5 bucks to park, bathrooms and trail maps provided. Be prepared to walk to see trails no cars last lot.

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Thank Joeynotoes
Gainesville, Virginia
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to enjoy a quiet day on the beach. They allow fishing only. They don't allow to swimming. If your looking to swim your better off finding parking on a side street in Sandbridge.

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Herndon, Virginia
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to go for hikes, quiet beaches, and lots of nature. It is nice to visit the beach in its natural form. Very peaceful.

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Va
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited the refuge on July 4, 2016, and it was delightfully quiet and uncrowded and undeveloped. We saw a nest of osprey on the way in. On the boardwalk to the beach we saw a turtle (but not a loggerhead), a rabbit, various birds, and a hatched nest of some sort of reptile. Only a few people were on... More 

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Thank JediTraveller
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Plenty of wildlife to see when exploring here and a nice beach to enjoy the ocean and fishing, as well. Wish I had more time to explore because I heard there are wild horses you can see

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Thank Sarah M
Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we went, we saw no birds at all, so we were really disappointed. The area is just beautiful and peaceful and very clean. Will try again.

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Thank MANATEEMOM1
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here with my wife accidentally and loved it! The small visitor center has some really nice specimens that both children and adults would enjoy. The marsh trails were nice but the walk along the beach is a must! We saw well over 40 Brown Pellicans, tons of crabs, and even a shark in the surf. Also great for collecting... More 

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Upstate NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Its a little amazing that this still exists so close to Virginia Beach and Sandbridge. With saltwater to the east and fresh water to the west, the birds and wildlife are quite varied. The tram tour, run by the Back Bay Restoration Foundation, is a real bargain, taking you through the refuge and into False Cape State Park.

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