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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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Stopped here with my wife accidentally and loved it! The small visitor center has some really nice... read more

Reviewed 6 July 2016
andrewmittiga .
via mobile
Hard to believe this still exists

Its a little amazing that this still exists so close to Virginia Beach and Sandbridge. With... read more

Reviewed 28 June 2016
Upstate NY
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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%
  • Poor1%
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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 6 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped here with my wife accidentally and loved it! The small visitor center has some really nice specimens that both children and adults would enjoy. The marsh trails were nice but the walk along the beach is a must! We saw well over 40 Brown...More

1  Thank andrewmittiga .
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Its a little amazing that this still exists so close to Virginia Beach and Sandbridge. With saltwater to the east and fresh water to the west, the birds and wildlife are quite varied. The tram tour, run by the Back Bay Restoration Foundation, is a...More

2  Thank flatcoat77
Reviewed 27 June 2016

Awesome place with all kinds of wildlife to be seen. Walk or ride bikes to the Washwoods village (8.2 miles from the visitor center).

Thank James R
Reviewed 27 May 2016

This little gem is worth the trip if you are a birder. Access is restricted art times in order to protect migratory populations.

1  Thank Tony F
Reviewed 25 May 2016 via mobile

I went here alone to check out the scenery and was surprised at how nice it was to hike here and on the beach. It's quiet, serene and beautiful.

Thank Ricky M
Reviewed 14 May 2016 via mobile

A gem in Southern Virginia Beach. Enjoy a walk through nature and pure silence. Combination of ocean, beach, marshlands, etc.

Thank stevervb
Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

This is a rare jewel in a popular location. At the very end of Sandpiper Road you find the gateway to a pleasant experience in wildlife watching. Whether it is migratory birds, bear, deer or whatever it can be seen here. A short walk over...More

2  Thank Joe S
Reviewed 26 April 2016

I really enjoyed walking along the boardwalks. Wish we could have seen more birds, but other than a few seagulls & sandpipers, we didn't see any. We did see 3 snakes, 2 brown water snakes & a black racer. I was just happy that none...More

1  Thank JStarkey2
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Great place to spend a few hours. Very Peaceful. I first came here when I moved to this area over 20 years ago. Rode my bike south on the trails, crossed the dunes and walked it back on the beach. It was like I was...More

1  Thank arthurapx
Reviewed 22 April 2016

Visited Back bay for the first time. Beautiful trails and boardwalks. Bring water if you plan on seeing more than the trails near the parking area. Very pleasant staff at the visitor center.

Thank BobandPaulette1983
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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?????