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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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Beautiful and quiet secluded area

We just cycled in a did a few of the short hikes around the visitor centre. It is just a nice... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
MTLcyclebuff
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Montreal, Canada
Go biking, not hiking!

After seeing all the great reviews we thought it’d be a fun place to hike for a few hours, to enjoy... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Olivier D
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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...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
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+1 757-301-7329
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We just cycled in a did a few of the short hikes around the visitor centre. It is just a nice, secluded spot. We saw some turtles all over the place as well as a water snake. Beautiful for a short half-day break from the...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi MTLcyclebuff, It is great to hear that you enjoyed the trails near the Visitor Center. We are happy to provide a quiet, peaceful place here in the city. Sincerely, Back Bay NWR

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After seeing all the great reviews we thought it’d be a fun place to hike for a few hours, to enjoy the nature and wildlife. It turned out that the main hiking trail is a very boring flat and large gravel path (large enough for...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Olivier D, We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your hike. As a national wildlife refuge we were created to protect and provide habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife. The area you hiked through is a series of water pools...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

When my GPS was leading me to this refuge, I literally thought it was going to take me right into the water. This park sits on a narrow strip of land between the Atlantic and Back Bay. It was cold and windy when I visited...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi Jehenson81, It does feel like we are at the end of the world down here! We are glad you enjoyed your adventure. Come back soon! ~Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

Went today and took the tour! What a hidden gem in VA Beach. I wasn't sure what it really entailed since there wasn't a ton of info on the website. We showed up a little before 9, paid & got on. There are no reservations....More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hi tygriss74, We are so glad you enjoyed the tram tour through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park! Herb is definitely a great guide and knows so much about the area. We hope you can visit again soon. ~Erica

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This is a very relaxing beach. Please note: NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED at the refuge! This is strictly for walking, wading, nature loving activities. Fishing is allowed and we have caught some good sized fish there. No music. Only to enjoy the sounds of nature!

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 14 April 2018

Hi MargaretR8, Thank you so much for this review and for spreading the word about this special place. We hope you will return again soon! ~Erica

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Great little walk along the boardwalk to a nice beach. The beach is very clean and away from all the crowds of VA Beach. The drive down to the park is also very nice!More

Thank Kyle O
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BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi Kyle O, It is great to hear that you enjoyed the beach at the wildlife refuge. It is certainly a change of pace from the oceanfront area of Virginia Beach! We hope you can visit again soon for some hiking, biking, fishing or wildlife...More

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

Visited end of March - weather was sunny and warm but tourist were not around yet so we had the preserve trails to ourselves. It was amazing to see the beach to the south with no human impact, sand in it's natural state and birds...More

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BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 5 April 2018

Hi WonderingMomma, We are so glad to hear that you had a great visit to the wildlife refuge! We are nearing the end of our peaceful, quiet season. We hope you will spend many other peaceful, nature-filled days at the refuge! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

I've visited Back Bay a few times now, twice this year, although briefly on each visit. I'll walk the sand dune trails to the beach and walk along the ocean, enjoying the quiet beach without all the sunbathing, swimming, and screaming beachgoers. That said, swimming...More

Thank Aaron Q
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Hi Aaron, Thank you for this lovely review of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We are glad to hear that you have had wonderful experiences at the refuge. You are correct, there can be a lot of bugs by the restroom. We have tried to...More

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Reviewed 14 March 2018

If you would like some down time from all the commotion of Virginia Beach, this is a lovely site to explore. Several trails to check out, or you can simply walk on the beach. A small museum at the visitors center. In the summer, you...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Hi putnik123, We are glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Come visit again soon! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed 26 February 2018

Very informative welcome Center with lots to read about the native wildlife. Nice trails to walk and to get a taste of the bay. Don't miss this hidden gem!More

1  Thank Kerry M
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Hi Kerry M, Thank you for visiting Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We are happy to hear you enjoyed the Visitor Center. We have made several improvements in the past few years and it is great to know they are being enjoyed. We hope you...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
6 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
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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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