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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

#11 of 119 things to do in Virginia Beach Features Animals
4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
+1 757-301-7329
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Peaceful and a great place for a walk

A great place to take photos and nature walk. Very quiet beautifil sunrise and sunset. good place... read more

Reviewed 17 April 2017
DonaldHague
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
Quiet and Beautiful

Very helpful staff with a real interest in our environment and teaching our children. Well... read more

Reviewed 15 April 2017
verticaltriage
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Powhatan, Virginia
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Hours Today: 09:00 - 16:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

A great place to take photos and nature walk. Very quiet beautifil sunrise and sunset. good place to walk the dog

Thank DonaldHague
Reviewed 15 April 2017

Very helpful staff with a real interest in our environment and teaching our children. Well maintained park.

Thank verticaltriage
Management response:

Dear verticaltriage, Thank you so much for your review. We are glad to hear that the staff was helpful to your family. We hope you can visit again soon. Sincerely, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Staff

Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I walked about 10 miles round trip. It was a nice little local find. For families there are boardwalks through the marsh to look, also a visitors center. There miles of dirt road that you can walk, run or bike away from traffic and city...More

Thank Redheadinva
Management response:

Dear Redheadinva, Thank you for your review! It sounds like you had a wonderful walk around the refuge! We hope you will visit again soon : ) Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 14 March 2017

For bird watchers or wildlife enthusiasts, the refuge can offer a glimpse at a bald eagle, bobcats, foxes, and many other creatures. The path leads to the beach. The walk is leisurely.

Thank Ron B
Management response:

Dear ronbE5413ZI, It sounds like you had some wonderful wildlife sightings during your visit! Every day you see a bobcat or bald eagle is a good day : ) Have a great week, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 3 March 2017

This is a very peaceful place in early March. The weather was cool but the trails are nice and the bird viewing blind at the end of the trail was a nice place to watch the herons and a grebe moving around the wetlands. The...More

Thank Bob P
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Bob P, We are glad you enjoyed the calm, peaceful March day. This is a beautiful time to enjoy the refuge. The tram tours will resume regular service on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays on April 1 at 9:00am (and then daily service from Memorial Day...More

Reviewed 28 February 2017

We walked from the visitor center to the ocean (about 1/4 mile - easy walk) and set up our spotting scope on the beach. We had nice views of some very nice birds, our favorite being a Razorbill. It was a great visit.

Thank Richard_Milsom
Management response:

Richard_Milsom, It's great to hear that you saw the razorbill from the beach! That has been an exciting sighting the last two weeks. Thank you for the review.

Reviewed 24 February 2017 via mobile

Pretty boardwalk trails, nice path through the protected dunes to the beach, all spotless. Bring your fishing gear. Several ponds and bay spots. We were here in Feb on a 70 degree day. Saw dolphins in the ocean, and a turtle show down in one...More

1  Thank JOHN B
Management response:

Thank you for the review. We are really glad to hear you enjoyed this great 70 degree February weather at the Refuge! You are right, spring is a really beautiful time too, we hope you can visit again.

Reviewed 26 January 2017

We were pleasantly surprised. Nice boardwalks, excellent friendly staff. Nice little education station. Nice walks to beach with walkways. Went on a staffed walk and very informative. Children and adults alike would enjoy. Excellent sunset across the bay. Stunning views. Birds, animals, geese. swans, snakes...More

Thank ShenVal04
Management response:

ShenVal04, Thank you for your review of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We are glad to hear your enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 21 January 2017

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.

Thank tgstro
Management response:

tgstro, Thank you for your review. We are glad to provide a serene and calm place for both wildlife and people to enjoy. Sincerely, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Staff

Reviewed 15 January 2017

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.

1  Thank saude774
Management response:

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!

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Lauren P
How long is the walk and do you see lots of animals? Is it good for small children?
5 September 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.😊
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Vickie S
Where can you go claming close to Sandbridge
10 April 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?????
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Vickie S
My family will be staying at Sandbridge, Santuary Bay Resort in June and would like to know if there are any locations to go clamming. We so enjoy clam chowder. Vickie v
10 April 2015|
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Response from BriPhilly | Reviewed this property |
Call Back Bay Wildlife Refuge or False Cape State Park and ask. Or the resort if they have a concierge. They might have some suggestions. I've never really seen anyone clamming in the bay there, but maybe there are some... More
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