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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4325
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+1 757-301-7329
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Hours:
Tue - Fri 08:00 - 16:00
Sat 09:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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This Virginia Beach wildlife refuge offers visitors hiking, biking,...

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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Besk kept secret of Va. Beach

The Back Bay is a wonderful place to experience nature, kayak, hike, bike and just walk along the seashore, without all of the distractions and hassles of tourists in the summer... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Back Bay is a wonderful place to experience nature, kayak, hike, bike and just walk along the seashore, without all of the distractions and hassles of tourists in the summer months.

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Didn't see too many birds when we went, but it was worth it nevertheless. The trails we went on were flat, easy and accessible. We went on two short trails and enjoyed the silence and the views, even on a very cold day.

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Thank you for the review of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. You never know what the wildlife will be doing on any given day. We hope you can visit again for more bird watching! More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The trails are children and stroller accessible. We were able to see birds and turtles and enjoy beautiful views of the marshes, ocean and ponds.

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We are glad you enjoyed your trip with the children. Please check with us via our website and/or Facebook page during the spring and summer for children's programs and other events. More 

Norfolk
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

went with my wife as she likes birds. Pleasant day looking at the birds and walking around. If you like nature, this is a good spot.

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Thank A J
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It is great to hear that you and your wife had a nice day birding. The ducks were very plentiful this week and the swans have really arrived this week too! We have bird walks every Saturday at 9:00am through February if you are interested in a guided tour on your next visit. More 

Lynchburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

My son and his friend really wanted to come here to bird. They did all the planning. I was the taxi service. They spent twice as long here than expected. I walked the paths and took in the nature. It was a wonderful Sunday in an outdoor church.

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Thank William B
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William B, We are so glad to hear your son and his friend were so excited and motivated to come out to Back Bay NWR to bird. Thank you for being the taxi! ~Back Bay NWR Staff More 

Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

5 STARS all the way for this national treasure. I'm not over stating myself. It is a national park and I believe it to be a treasure that we in Hampton Roads are so fortunate to have preserved. A small price get you and your family in. During the off-season they work on the honor system much like our state... More 

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Thank J David H
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J David H, Thank you so much for your review of Back Bay NWR. We are so happy that you are enjoying your local national wildlife refuge! Now that birds are arriving on the winter migration we are in for fun days of bird watching and photography! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

We were in Virginia Beach in early November so maybe that is not a good time to visit the Wildlife Refuge, but there was not much to see. The tram was shut down for the season, there were virtually no birds around, we took a path to the beach, but that's about all. It was something to do but not... More 

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Dear ECO1995, Thank you for your review of Back Bay NWR. We are sorry you felt there was not much to see at the time that you visited. Early November can be a bit slow as far as wildlife viewings, as the fall shorebird migrations have finished and the wintering waterfowl are just starting to arrive. We do hope you... More 

Woodbridge, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Dropped by Back Bay Wildlife Refuge on a blustery November day. Most of the dike trails (longer trails in the refuge) are closed between November and spring, but there also is no entrance fee at that time. There is a nice enclosed viewing area / building including binoculars. Unfortunately the day was so windy that very little wildlife was to... More 

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Dear Robert R, Thank you for the review of Back Bay NWR. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. One of the dike trails will open April 1st, once the winter bird migration is complete. The migration has really picked up over the last couple weeks and lots of ducks have been seen on the bay in the morning, with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

What an amazing place! We stayed on the paths and saw a lot of wildlife (including snakes). Took some fantastic photos. We will definitely be back to explore more!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This special place features an unsoiled beach for walking and enjoying the sea. There is a fee but we had our trusty national park pass which they honored. Behind the dunes you experience a coastal marsh with unique plants, animals (watch for sunning snakes), and birds. There were people fishing in fresh water ponds and in the ocean. Walking paths... More 

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