Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Beach

4.6
#3 of 15 in Wildlife in Virginia Beach
Welcome to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Located in the southeastern corner of Virginia, Back Bay NWR was established by Presidential Proclamation in 1938 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl, particularly greater snow geese. Today, the Refuge continues to be an important link in the chain of National Wildlife Refuges located along the Atlantic Flyway.

Refuge grounds are open seven days a week, sunrise to sunset. The Visitor Contact Station is open Tuesday - Friday 8:00am-4:00pm and Saturdays 9:00am-4:00pm, closed Sunday and Monday. Use our Virginia Beach attractions planning tool to arrange your visit to Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge and other attractions in Virginia Beach.
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  • Back bay is a hidden gem that will take you away from the concrete that has become Virginia Beach. The beach, though no swimming or sunning, is pristine and peaceful. The trails are will marked...  more »
  • Back Bay NWR is a sizable wildlife refuge that can be explored in many different ways. On the beach, on foot, by tram and in a kayak. Do a little work beforehand to figure out what you want to do...  more »
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  • We brought our kids while we were vacationing in Sandbridge. I would definitely recommend going in the early morning or later in the evening. We when during the afternoon and it was HOT!! We were able to walk some trails and we stopped by their visitor center. They had some cool stuff for the kids to look at! If it had been cooler I would have tried the bike trail to NC.
  • The trails are nicely maintained. The ranger on duty was very helpful and nice. Our kids enjoyed completing the Junior Ranger program and earning a patch! There's more than meets the eye in the visitors center!
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