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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Open Now: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Beautiful refuge

Very scenic with beautiful beaches and trails. Great place to go birding and a gateway to the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Janet E
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Our secret oasis

Back bay is a hidden gem that will take you away from the concrete that has become Virginia Beach... read more

Reviewed January 12, 2020
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This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking, fishing, kayaking/canoeing and nature photography in a completely natural environment. The Refuge grounds are open sunrise to sunset daily. The Visitor Center hours of operation are...more
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration:2-3 hours
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4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
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Very scenic with beautiful beaches and trails. Great place to go birding and a gateway to the False Cape State Park.
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Response from BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Janet E, Thank you for visiting and enjoying the beach and trails. Come back again soon! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff
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Back bay is a hidden gem that will take you away from the concrete that has become Virginia Beach. The beach, though no swimming or sunning, is pristine and peaceful. The trails are will marked. You may see some turtles, otters, birds of all types a couple snakes and other
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Response from BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Responded Jan 13, 2020
Hi Christine, Thank you for your review. Enjoy your next visit! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff
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Back Bay NWR is a sizable wildlife refuge that can be explored in many different ways. On the beach, on foot, by tram and in a kayak. Do a little work beforehand to figure out what you want to do, how much time you need for it, and what the schedule is. There's a huge beach.
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Response from BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Responded Jan 13, 2020
Kbpneacl, Thank you for your thoughtful review. Enjoy your next adventure! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff
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Well worth the ride to south Virginia beach; walking trails, so much 'nature' it was humbling. Bay side, ocean side, on the water, in the sand dunes, land (and wildlife) in between too. Also had a heated bathroom!
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Response from BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Responded Jan 13, 2020
Hi Carol P, It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We agree that the heat in the bathroom can be so nice in the winter! As can the air conditioning during the hot months : ) Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff
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My girlfriend and I decided to check out the winter migration of Artic Tundra Swan, but needles to say most of them haven't arrived yet. Will be back in a few weeks to see if they have arrived.
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Response from BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Responded Dec 11, 2019
Hi Houdiniman7, We hope you will have a chance to come back later in the season. Come early in the day as the tundra swans tend to move to hidden areas mid-morning. Later in the day can be a good time as well, but morning is best! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff
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