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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
+1 757-301-7329
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A haven for so many birds and fish.

Went through this area on the way to False Cape. It was absolutely incredible the number of bird... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Sue L
Enjoyable walk

We enjoyed a lovely walk to the beach and a short boardwalk trail. If you have a canoe, there is a... read more

Reviewed 14 October 2017
Ginny L
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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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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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"false cape state park"
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"visitor center"
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"tram tour"
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"bird watching"
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"blue goose"
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"snow geese"
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"national park pass"
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"tundra swans"
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"cotton mouth"
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"natural beauty"
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"surf fishing"
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"serene place"
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"bring water"
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"enjoy nature"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went through this area on the way to False Cape. It was absolutely incredible the number of bird species we saw and plants. It was beautiful and peaceful. Really gives you the chance to reconnect

Thank Sue L
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Sue L, Thank you! We are so glad to hear that you had a great visit to the wildlife refuge. We hope you can visit again in the spring when the dike trails are open! Sincerely, Erica

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Reviewed 14 October 2017

We enjoyed a lovely walk to the beach and a short boardwalk trail. If you have a canoe, there is a canoe trail.

Thank Ginny L
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 October 2017

Hi Ginny L, It is great to hear you had a nice walk to the beach! We hope you can come back to enjoy kayaking/canoeing or some of the other trails along Back Bay. Have a wonderful week! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

I walked seven miles from Backbay into False Cape on the trails, then walked six miles on the beach back to my car. The sand dunes are huge. This is such a serene place. Miles of dunes and beach as far as the eye can...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Dear DRJ7374, It is so great to hear that you had a beautiful and serene walk in Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. This time of year certainly provides some wonderful solitude and peace in our little corner of Virginia Beach....More

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Reviewed 12 October 2017 via mobile

We parked at the visitor center and walked down the access road until we found a trail to the beach. Lovely dunes, and grasses. The waves where breaking and many people were fishing...not too many to make walking uncomfortable. Walked south along the beach and...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

Dear Jcyflower, Congratulations on the successful shelling adventure! It is amazing to hear you found a whole sand dollar. Those are rare on our beach - nice job! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR

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Reviewed 3 October 2017

We like to go to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge to walk on the beach and take pictures. Beautiful surroundings.

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Management response:Responded 5 October 2017

Dear lseward660, It's great to hear that you enjoy coming to the wildlife refuge to walk the beach. We will see you soon! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

We signed up for a tour. A bus met us in parking let. The day we went it rained but it did not ruin our time. The tour guide took us all over via bus and we got out often and walked around area. The...More

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Management response:Responded 27 September 2017

Dear JEANNA I, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed the tram. The tram drivers are great and I'm glad you enjoyed the history and stories they had to share. We also run trips in the winter which gives a view of different wildlife....More

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Reviewed 23 September 2017

If you want to get away from boardwalks and crowds, spend some time at this refuge. There's a five dollar charge, but your Golden Eagle Pass works here as well. There's a fishing dock, abundant wildlife and birds and a lot of quiet. Enjoy the...More

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Management response:Responded 27 September 2017

Dear mesatraveler, It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time at the refuge. It is a wonderfully peaceful place, particularly at this time of year. Come back again to see us! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

We rode 20+ miles on the trail we were trying to get to the North Carolina border. We enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of our ride. It was a pretty easy ride and very well marked. On our way to the second visitor center...More

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Management response:Responded 19 September 2017

Dear debbie w, Congratulations on completion of the North Carolina ride. We are so glad that you enjoyed the ride. Cottonmouths are one of our most commonly seen wildlife. They enjoy the warmth of the gravel trail. It was probably as surprised to see you...More

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Reviewed 15 September 2017

My son is in Boy Scouts and needed a few conservation hours to make rank. The website for Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge mentioned signing up to clean the beach. In past visits, we had walked the trails in the marsh, and while we knew...More

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Management response:Responded 17 September 2017

Dear KMc4528, Thank you for the review. Thank you again for the service project you and your family completed at the refuge. Frequent beach cleanups help keep the beach and ocean safe for our wildlife and beautiful for our visitors. We hope you can visit...More

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Reviewed 7 September 2017

Took a long walk with family and found awesome bike and walking trails. It is a state park so you will pay a fee but worth it for sureMore

Thank darcel m
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Management response:Responded 12 September 2017

Hi darcelm, We are glad you enjoyed the biking and walking trails. The $5.00 vehicle fee is for the national wildlife refuge. If you are an America the Beautiful Federal Lands pass holder, Duck Stamp holder or Refuge Annual pass holder you do not pay...More

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Te'ara M
3 July 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
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Lauren P
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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.😊
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Vickie S
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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?????
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