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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Beautiful place for a walk

We were there in winter, so there was not much to see. It was still beautiful and rather quiet and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
abc43
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
The Least Populated Beach on the Mid-Atlantic - If You are Willing to Walk

This is an interesting wildlife refuge that caters more to the wildlife than the visiting humans... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
KellyMtraveler
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Norfolk, 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...more
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4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, VA 23456-4347
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were there in winter, so there was not much to see. It was still beautiful and rather quiet and peaceful without the summer tourists. The trails and boardwalks are well maintained.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank abc43
BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

abc43, Thank you for your review. We are happy to hear that your had a pleasant visit. Enjoy spring! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is an interesting wildlife refuge that caters more to the wildlife than the visiting humans. If you are handy with a canoe or kayak, you are the ideal kind of visitor. There aren't many trails, per se (although this is a nice boardwalk near...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

KellyMtraveler, Thank you for this thoughtful review of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and False Cape State Park. We hope you are soon able to make the camping trip at False Cape State Park. It is a wonderful opportunity to experience both protected areas. Sincerely,...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Awesome place to spend a few hours alone. Very peaceful and serene. Saw some rare birds. Rangers keep an eye on your safety.

Date of experience: January 2019
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

N8959RImarkv, We are glad to hear you enjoyed a peaceful and serene walk. Come back again! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed February 17, 2019

Amazing wildlife 12 months of the year, helpful staff, miles of trails. Excellent photography opportunities.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kathy K
BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Kathy K, We are so glad you are enjoying the wildlife and service provided at the wildlife refuge. Enjoy your next photography outing! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed December 12, 2018

This refuge is a real gem. It is a joy to visit this area. My husband & I often bike ride this park. It is a great place for biking, hiking, photography & just plain old enjoying nature - undisturbed. Back Bay NWR is located...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded December 14, 2018

Bahorstm, Thank you for your review of the wildlife refuge! We wanted to let you know that the tram runs during the winter too, but on a reduced schedule. It is a great time of year to see ducks, geese and swans that feed and...More

Reviewed December 11, 2018

If you are a nature lover don't miss visiting the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Experience Virginia's shore line and wetlands in their natural state. Highly recommend the tram tours. Bird watcher's delight as well.

Date of experience: May 2018
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded December 12, 2018

Hi Linda R, Thank you for your review. We are so glad you have enjoyed your visits to the refuge. This is certainly a wonderful time of year to see birds! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed November 30, 2018

I went on a tour of the Back Bay which not only included wildlife but also the ruins, mostly a graveyard, of an old settlement. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable on the subject and amusing, as well. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, although it was a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded December 1, 2018

Hi Vermonttraveler18, Thank you for your review. We are so glad to hear that you enjoyed the tram through Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and to False Cape State Park. We hope you can visit again! Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

Reviewed October 28, 2018

Leave the VB bustle behind and take the longish drive to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. There are also some other parks along the way. Give yourself time to explore those, too. I always love the variety of the watery landscape that lies behind...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Hi Chrisjazz, Thank you for your review of Back Bay NWR. We are so glad you enjoyed the refuge. The other visitor area you may have noticed on the west side of Back Bay is a kayak/canoe launch on Horn Point Road. This site is...More

Reviewed October 13, 2018

You don't need to be a hunter or fishermen to enjoy this little piece of heaven. Absolutely no dogs are allowed in this park, not even in the cars. I waited until the morning of TS Michael's arrival to hike through this refuge to False...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

Hi conniegum, Thank you for this detailed review of the wildlife refuge. We are glad you had a good hike to and from False Cape State Park. It certainly is an interesting and serene landscape. We also find that we see a lot of wildlife...More

Reviewed October 3, 2018

We went to try to see some local birds but they must have been hiding that day. Makes for a nice senic hike.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2018

Hi Marilyndec2016, We are so sorry to hear that your search for local birds was not a fruitful one. We recommend a winter hike when ducks, geese and swans are visiting the refuge on their winter migration. December and January are the peak seasons for...More

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Jihong W
November 2, 2018|
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Response from mtabino | Reviewed this property |
Not sure what birds are there this time of year. I don't live in the area, but try to get there when I'm visiting.
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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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