Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Beach

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Virginia is located in the independent city of Virginia Beach. Established in 1938 in an isolated portion of the former Princess Anne County, it is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The administrative office is located on Sandbridge Road at Sigma between Lago Mar and Sandbridge Beach. The Visitor Contact Center is accessed via Sandpiper Road from the Sandbridge area of Virginia Beach, which is the southernmost area of development on the Atlantic Coast of Virginia.Most of the 9,062.45 acre (36.67 kmĀ²) fresh water refuge is on the Currituck Banks Peninsula, which borders the Atlantic Ocean on the east and the Back Bay of the Currituck Sound on the west. As part of Virginia's Outer Banks, the refuge's barrier islands feature large sand dunes, maritime forests, fresh water marshes, ponds, ocean beach, and large impoundments for wintering wildfowl. The majority of refuge marshlands are on islands contained within the waters of Back Bay. It is considered by conservationists to be an important link along the Atlantic Flyway for migratory birds such as snow geese.
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  • August 14, 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, ...  more »
  • August 12, 2017
    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 ...  more »
  • July 23, 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 »
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  • June 24, 2017
    Nice place. BEWARE OF COTTON MOUTHS! We saw a couple swimming right next to the trail we were hiking on. Loved the visitor's center. Nice informative lady there to ask questions of.
  • June 15, 2017
    Very beautiful National park area. Relaxing and peaceful walking trails. Definitely a nice place for nature lovers.
  • June 14, 2017
    Beautiful area. The beach is well maintained. We love it!
  • June 30, 2017
    Pristine beaches and lush greenery for birds and insects. Wonderful bike trails.
  • July 8, 2017
    Beautifully maintained and family friendly. Paradise for all nature lovers.

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