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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

If you want to escape the crowdy city you definately have to go here. Beautiful, peaceful place. We... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Fabs42
Huge semely empty refuge

The large refuge nearly deserted during the hot sun of the midday. Is attractive and well... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Fpos9001
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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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  • Average5%
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Hours Today: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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 6 days ago

If you want to escape the crowdy city you definately have to go here. Beautiful, peaceful place. We saw a couple of snakes. Birds, Lots of Dragon Flies, Frogs etc.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The large refuge nearly deserted during the hot sun of the midday. Is attractive and well maintained. signs point out the directions that are also available on the map you receive at the front entrance, just south of Little Island Park. A $5 entrance fee...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is always a good experience. Can see lots of birds as well as many insects like dragonflies. The visitor center is nice and the staff is helpful. Should try to take the tram to False Cape St. Park.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We are staying in VA beach and wanted to see a more natural less touristy area. This was great. Only 5 entry fee for a car load. To see a natural beach without development is always a plus. I am a former NPS ranger from...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi mary532, Thank you for your review. We are so happy to hear that you and your family enjoyed your visit to the wildlife refuge. We hope you can visit again soon! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

No neon. No Mickie D's. Just beautiful land, refuge, animals. Worth the trip. They way it was before the hyper development

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hi beachn8tive, Thank you for the review of Back Bay NWR. We are very happy to provide this space for both our wildlife and our visitors! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

The Back Bay Wildlife Refuge (BBWR) is a perfect location for families with teenagers to spend a day. Hike on refuge trails or the beach; fish in the bay or the ocean; kayak or SUP in the surf or the coves is the bay and...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded July 13, 2018

Hi apogeeSB, Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear that you and your teenagers enjoyed the day at the refuge. We hope you can visit again soon! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed July 6, 2018

For a 5 USD entrance fee per vehicle (car), it is really worth the value. You can walk the nice trails. We chose two tails of which the one along the ocean. Super .... We were practically alone on the beach and relaxed there a...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded July 9, 2018

Hello Pierre L, Thank you very much for your review of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit and your walk on the beach. We are happy to provide this location to be shared by both wildlife and...More

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Reviewed July 1, 2018

Nice path area to walk although didn't see much wildlife. Trail to secluded beach enjoyed the solitude on the beach.More

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

Hi harttohart7, Thank you for visiting Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. We are sorry to hear that you did not see much wildlife on your visit. This hot weather has caused many of our animals to take cover to try to stay cool. Even our...More

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Reviewed June 22, 2018

Did not see too much wildlife, but this was a nice change of pace. We walked the planks for a while, but really enjoyed the planks trail to the ocean. Beautiful!

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BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2018

Hi laredo11, Thank you for your review and your visit to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Sometimes the animals go into hiding in the intense heat. We hope you will come back for another visit! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

A lovely refuge for hiking, kayaking, fishing, etc. It is well-kept with clean restrooms. There is a pier for fishing, a ramp to launch canoes and kayaks and lovely scenery. Many people came to the refuge to watch the sunset over the lake.

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BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2018

Hello mhayden25, We are so glad to hear you had an enjoyable visit. We hope you can come again soon. Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Te'ara M
July 2, 2017|
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Response from SaraSueCK_ | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There are snakes at the refuge. I did not see them, thankfully. Check with the naturalists at the visitor's center so you are informed and know what to look out for. There are seemingly an infinite number of snake... More
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Lauren P
September 5, 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
April 10, 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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