Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Beach

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  • Went through this area on the way to False Cape. It was absolutely incredible the number of bird species we saw and plants. It was beautiful and peaceful. Really gives you the chance to reconnect  more »
  • We enjoyed a lovely walk to the beach and a short boardwalk trail. If you have a canoe, there is a canoe trail.  more »
  • I walked seven miles from Backbay into False Cape on the trails, then walked six miles on the beach back to my car. The sand dunes are huge. This is such a serene place. Miles of dunes and beach as fa...  more »
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  • Visiting this place for nearly 20 years but it never gets old. I like it’s trails along the Bay but near the parking lot. I’ve seen a coyote just 17 feet away at dusk after a tram tour. I’ve seen 7 snakes on one visit within the frame of my camera. It’s hard not to see a beautiful sunset there. The winter waterfowl are dense in December and January. The Osprey and Eagles are in warmer weather. The otters I saw just last week in mid March. Turtles all summer. The beach trails can be done as a loop any time of year. Leave from near the visitor center and take the trail thru the dunes then head south along the beach to the return crossover and head back on the dike road north to your starting point.
  • Always a wonderful place to enjoy nature. Bay on one side, ocean on the other. Great staff at the Visitors Center. you never know what you'll see. Today it was cottonmouths sunning on the side of the pond, large gathering of sea birds feasting, and plenty of turtles out.
  • Lots of waterfowl, rabbits, otters, and other wildlife. The park has well maintained trails that are open must of the year. Appropriate for walking, hiking, running, or biking. During winter the dike trails are closed, but the beach is open. Worth the trip in winter to see dolphins and enjoy the solitude.
  • Beautiful place to go on a nice, quiet family walk. Lots of opportunities to observe and learn about the local wildlife and ecosystem. The boardwalk is very cool. And, of course, the beach is beautiful.
  • Great place to take the kids to hike on the beach or thru the trails...not too many people so it is pretty secluded..there are park rangers patrolling the dunes.
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