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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

#10 of 124 things to do in Virginia Beach Features Animals
4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
+1 757-301-7329
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Beautiful quiet beach

We visited the refuge on July 4, 2016, and it was delightfully quiet and uncrowded and undeveloped... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2016
Great refuge with wildlife galore

Plenty of wildlife to see when exploring here and a nice beach to enjoy the ocean and fishing, as... read more

Reviewed July 11, 2016
Sarah M
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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 the following: Memorial Day - Labor Day: Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-4pm Labor Day - Memorial Day: Tuesday-Friday 8am-4pm, Saturday 9am-4pm
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  • Very good23%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Hours Today: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
+1 757-301-7329
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Reviewed July 13, 2016

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,...More

Thank JediTraveller
Reviewed July 11, 2016 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

Thank Sarah M
Reviewed July 7, 2016

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.

Reviewed July 6, 2016 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...More

1  Thank andrewmittiga .
Reviewed June 28, 2016

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...More

2  Thank flatcoat77
Reviewed June 27, 2016

Awesome place with all kinds of wildlife to be seen. Walk or ride bikes to the Washwoods village (8.2 miles from the visitor center).

Thank James R
Reviewed May 27, 2016

This little gem is worth the trip if you are a birder. Access is restricted art times in order to protect migratory populations.

1  Thank Tony F
Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

I went here alone to check out the scenery and was surprised at how nice it was to hike here and on the beach. It's quiet, serene and beautiful.

Thank Ricky M
Reviewed May 14, 2016 via mobile

A gem in Southern Virginia Beach. Enjoy a walk through nature and pure silence. Combination of ocean, beach, marshlands, etc.

Thank stevervb
Reviewed May 3, 2016 via mobile

This is a rare jewel in a popular location. At the very end of Sandpiper Road you find the gateway to a pleasant experience in wildlife watching. Whether it is migratory birds, bear, deer or whatever it can be seen here. A short walk over...More

2  Thank Joe S
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Te'ara M
July 2, 2017|
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Response from Scott S | Reviewed this property |
I hate snakes big time. The women at the visitors center said they are out and about but that they normally stay away from people. We took the one trail by the bay and it was high grass on both sides with a gravel path. I... More
Lauren P
September 5, 2016|
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Response from Erica B | Reviewed this property |
I have 2 children 4 and 7 when we went there and they loved it! They were content with just seeing a blue heron and a couple turtles.😊
Vickie S
April 10, 2015|
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Response from kevincollins999 | Reviewed this property |
I would also contact Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You might be able to off the beach?????