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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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  • We had a cool dreary day and could not go to the beach and I found info on the Back Bay and decided to take the kids for something to do. We had a really good time. We stopped at the visitors center a...  more »
  • Lots to see here at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge! Leisurely trails with tons of overlooks of the refuge! There's a Trail through the dunes that leads out to a completely private beach. This place...  more »
  • Great place to escape the busy world. There are multiple trails that guide you along both wetlands and beaches. Walk slowly and take in the sights, smells and sounds. I saw dozens of different species...  more »
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  • Very beautiful National park area. Relaxing and peaceful walking trails. Definitely a nice place for nature lovers.
  • Beautiful area. The beach is well maintained. We love it!
  • I've been here many times and have enjoyed each time as much as the others. Always something different to see. I love packing a light lunch and just watching the birds and other wild life go on about there business.
  • Charming place to relax and enjoy the wonderful nature around. We've seen rare birds, gigantic fish and a wonderful sunset!
  • Love this place. Really relaxing and a great place to fish.