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“Kayaker's delight”

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Ranked #10 of 127 things to do in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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
Reviewed July 1, 2012

I kayak here, but not often enough. It is beautiful, peaceful and filled with wildlife. Enjoy!

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Reviewed June 22, 2012

Herons, turtles, snakes, cranes, all interesting and beautiful! Ticks, too, so come prepared.

Our family was excited about the prospect of biking from Virginia to No Carolina through the BBNWR. We thought we did our homework - researched length, difficulty, reviews. It is approximately 9 miles and it is said to be "EASY" in terms of difficulty because it is relatively flat the entire length. That is true. However, they do not tell you that what makes it moderate to difficult is that it is not paved - not one inch. It is entirely sand and gravel - big pieces of gravel. It is not an easy ride, so beware if you bring children.

The path does not have one bit of shade - not an inch. The whole time one rides, the sun is beating down on you. No water offered along the way either, so bring plenty. Eventually you ride into the State Park. They have a Visitors Center but their maps do not include the Refuge portion so it is all a bit confusing. They have water and snacks, and an outdated First Aid Kit.

NOTICE: The last 2 miles into NC are unridable. It is all thin, fine, dry sand. You have to walk it, or walk your bike down to the wet sand on the beach and ride the rest of the way. However, timing is everything. You have to go and return while tide is low.

The best thing about the visit was that we now have a very good understanding of what purgatory is like.

2  Thank PhilaMomma P
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Reviewed June 21, 2012

We love Back Bay. I wrote of our 22 mile round trip bike ride through Back Bay and False Cape to the NC line in a post about Sandbridge. Highly recommend BB & FC. Bring bug spray, and check the schedules of the park services for programs, they're very good. Lots for kids.

Thank ValerieinVB
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Reviewed June 16, 2012

Well kept refuge with hiking to the beach or the back bay. We've taken a tram trough the park in the past. I'm not sure if they still have it we went earlier than usual this year so it wasn't running in June.

Thank weefus
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Reviewed June 8, 2012

We had a wonderful time here. It is well worth a visit. Very quiet and great scenery

Thank seaandair
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