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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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Take the Tram Tour!!!!!

Went today and took the tour! What a hidden gem in VA Beach. I wasn't sure what it really entailed... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
tygriss74
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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One of our favorite places!

This is a very relaxing beach. Please note: NO SWIMMING IS ALLOWED at the refuge! This is strictly... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
MargaretR8
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Chesapeake, Virginia
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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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  • Average6%
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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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"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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"national park pass"
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"tundra swans"
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"cotton mouth"
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"surf fishing"
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"nice hike"
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"serene place"
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"annual pass"
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"bring water"
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"enjoy nature"
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"day trip"
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"walking trails"
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"sand dunes"
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"bring your camera"
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Reviewed 1 week ago 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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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!

Thank MargaretR8
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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

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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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Reviewed 3 February 2018

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 4 February 2018

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 14 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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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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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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