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 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 »
  • We parked at the visitor center and walked down the access road until we found a trail to the beach. Lovely dunes, and grasses. The waves where breaking and many people were fishing...not too many to ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Pristine beaches and lush greenery for birds and insects. Wonderful bike trails.
  • Beautifully maintained and family friendly. Paradise for all nature lovers.

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