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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Storm Coming

The clouds did the heavy lifting. The beach this day is surf high and breezy. You can hear the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Robert B
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Norfolk, Virginia
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Epic views for miles

If you're looking for something to do that is off the beaten path look no further. Back Bay has... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
kaspiolea
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Rumson, New Jersey
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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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4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The clouds did the heavy lifting. The beach this day is surf high and breezy. You can hear the ocean all day. There is the occasional blue heron, Great egret, Osprey, and many butterflies. We spot one black snake and two water moccasins. It is...More

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

Hi Robert B, It is impressive when storms are coming. You can really see the changes happening before your eyes! It sounds like you had an excellent tram tour. Come visit again soon! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you're looking for something to do that is off the beaten path look no further. Back Bay has beautiful boardwalk ramps that take you into the marsh on the water around the park. Views that can't be matched in the Virginia Beach area.

Thank kaspiolea
BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear kaspiolea, Thank you for your review. We so glad you enjoyed the views on the refuge. Come back and visit again! Sunsets during the winter months are another beautiful time to visit. Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Be prepared to walk or bike. It's beautiful and clean. You have the ocean on one side and the bay on the other. There is a shuttle that leaves once a day in the morning that will take you further down the Refuge. We discovered...More

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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear mtabino, It is great to hear that you enjoyed your visit enough to come back to the refuge multiple times. We hope you will continue to visit. As you have seen, there are new things to see with each season. Enjoy the coming of...More

Reviewed August 15, 2018

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

Hi Fabs42, Thank you for the review of Back Bay NWR. We are certainly happy to provide an escape from the city, for both our wildlife and our people! We hope you can visit again. Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed August 6, 2018

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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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Fpos9001, Thank you for your thoughtful and descriptive review. You certainly are correct that the wildlife tend to hide out in the middle of the super hot days of summer. It is great to hear that you still enjoyed you hike, especially to the...More

Reviewed August 6, 2018

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.More

Thank Louise A
BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Dear Louise A, Thank you for your review. Dragonflies are definitely one of the most plentiful insects during the summer! Some days you can see all the colors of the rainbow in dragonflies. We hope you enjoyed the tram ride to False Cape State Park...More

Reviewed July 18, 2018 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 July 24, 2018

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

Reviewed July 17, 2018

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 July 24, 2018

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

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

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

Thank Pierre L
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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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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