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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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Interesting , informative and refreshing

We signed up for a tour. A bus met us in parking let. The day we went it rained but it did not ruin... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Aston, Pennsylvania
Absolutely peaceful

If you want to get away from boardwalks and crowds, spend some time at this refuge. There's a five... read more

Reviewed yesterday
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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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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
+1 757-301-7329
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Reviewed yesterday

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

Reviewed yesterday

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

Thank mesatraveler
Reviewed 1 week ago 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

Thank debbie w
Management response:Responded 5 days ago

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

Reviewed 1 week ago

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

Thank KMc4528
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We heard the tour was fantastic, but did not have enough time to go on it. I think it was 90 minutes. We went there looking for horses,but there were none there

Thank Sandy D
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Hi Sandy D, You are correct, the horses are in North Carolina, not up here in Virginia. Hopefully on your next visit you can join us on a tram tour! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wonderful quiet place to walk, take photos and enjoy the view and wildlife. No swimming allowed but a quiet walk on the beach is a always good for the soul. Sand dunes beautiful.

Thank roseg511
Management response:Responded 1 week ago

Hi roseg511, We are so glad you enjoyed the relaxing serenity of the wildlife refuge. Visit again soon! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 14 August 2017

This is a beautiful place to investigate in a kayak or small raft. Easy access, much to see. With each visit we enjoyed many birds, crabs, sting rays, etc. A relaxing place to paddle around with old, young and anyone in between. No cost enjoyment...More

Thank Anita G
Management response:Responded 3 weeks ago

Hi Anita G, Thank you for the review. It is great to hear that you enjoyed your time paddling on Back Bay. Hopefully you had the opportunity to view a sunset as well. They are lovely on the bay. Visit again soon! Sincerely, Back Bay...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

We visited the refuge many times during our visit to sandbridge. Morning runs along easy dike, afternoon walks on the deserted beach, bike ride to False cape in the drizzling rain, and the 6pm ranger led tour Friday night. Whenever you come, the scenery is...More

Thank Kathie L
Management response:Responded 17 August 2017

Dear Kathie L, It is so good to hear that you enjoyed visiting Back Bay NWR during your visit to Sandbridge! We are also very happy to know that the Friday night tram was an enjoyable program. We hope you can come back to visit...More

Reviewed 23 July 2017

We were there too early in the season, and saw noThing but the beauty of the surf and sand. It was very peaceful in March, and also quite chilly.More

Thank loist51
Management response:Responded 25 July 2017

Hi Loist51, It is good to hear you enjoyed your peaceful visit. We definitely recommend coming in the winter (November - February) to see the ducks, geese and swans. Then, a little later in the spring, around April and May, is a great time to...More

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Te'ara M
2 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
Lauren P
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.😊
Vickie S
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?????