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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 lovely tranquil spot with lots of interest.

We went on the Back Bay Trolley trip, well escorted by Herbie and his 'wing man' Jim, aged 93. He took us on a fascinating trip teeming us things and animals of interest along the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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Tewkesbury
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Tewkesbury
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went on the Back Bay Trolley trip, well escorted by Herbie and his 'wing man' Jim, aged 93. He took us on a fascinating trip teeming us things and animals of interest along the way. We got out several times to explore seeing an old graveyard going back to the early settlers, another 'graveyard' of old rusted cars left... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Love going here in the summer to fish - Large beaches, uncrowded. Note: they are very restrictive if you go here - no sunbathing/surfing/etc. Only fishing and "observing nature" permitted. They used to allow dogs on leash, but now it is no dogs anytime (which is a shame!)

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Thank Mary Lou M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stop here on every trip to Va Beach. Very quiet and serene. We like to catch thunderstorms as they cross the area. Nice visitor center with clean restrooms.

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Thank R C
Ocala, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I did the research before going here and it really isn't easy to find but....at 9:00 they have a three hour tram tour that takes you all over the park for a very minimal cost. We were the only two people on the tour! I guess it is the wrong time of the year for bird watching as we didn't... More 

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Maplewood, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had rented a golf cart and took through the refuge a couple of times. Saw several snakes, turtles birds etc. they except donations. Great place at the end to run.

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Macon, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want to go somewhere off the beaten path, this is the place. Yes during the summer months, there's more people but late summer/fall and spring are better times. VERY NICE!

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Thank lawjw
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family visited in December it was a seasonably warm winter and we enjoyed everything about this place. It was very peaceful not busy at all in the off season. The kids were playing about 2 feet from a great blue heron, which did not seem bothered at all by their presence. Lots of walking paths. we just wish we... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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Thank Alison M
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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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