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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

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Excellent natural spot with friendly staff

We are staying in VA beach and wanted to see a more natural less touristy area. This was great... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
mary532
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Perryville, Maryland
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wild life, pristine

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

Reviewed 5 days ago
beachn8tive
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Virginia Beach
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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 4 days 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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Reviewed 5 days 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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Reviewed 1 week ago 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

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

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 2 weeks ago

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

Thank harttohart7
BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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!

Thank laredo11
BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank mhayden25
BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 5 weeks ago

my only experience with the refuge was while eating at Blue Petes, wish I had a boat or more time to explore more of the refuge. From what I was able to explore around the restaurant, it was serene and magical.More

Thank christine L
BBNWR, Public Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello Christine L, We are glad to hear you enjoyed the views of the refuge from our neighbors at Blue Pete's! Please feel free to explore our hiking and biking trails, fishing area and guided programs located near our Visitor Center (4005 Sandpiper Road, Virginia...More

Reviewed 2 June 2018

We were able to sneak in here as a family in August of 2017 and it was stunning. My 4 kids loved running back and forth on the trails and we all blew bubbles and watched in awe at the beauty as the sun set....More

1  Thank shannonrmathews
BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 6 June 2018

Hi Shannonmathews, Thank you for your review of Back Bay NWR. We are glad to hear that you enjoyed the sunsets on the bay. They are lovely! Please note that from April 1 - October 31 a $5.00 entrance fee per vehicle does apply between...More

Reviewed 28 May 2018

Like going back in time a thousand years. Nothing but huge Dunes, great walking trails thru tamed-untamed wilderness. A real treat, away from humanity for just a bit. The adjacent Little Islan City Park has a great beach along with facilities as well as a...More

1  Thank Thomas B
BBNWR, Guest Relations Manager at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2018

Hi Thomas B, We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit to the wildlife refuge. This space for wildlife also does provide a wonderful retreat for humans! We hope you can visit again soon. Sincerely, Back Bay NWR Staff

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Te'ara M
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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
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Lauren P
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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
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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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