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.
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  • As others have noted, the refuge is a bit out of the way. It's worth the trip. Bring exact change for the entrance in case it'd not staffed. Nice visitor center. A variety of activities including a pa...  more »
  • Really enjoy this National Park, great place for photography and viewing wildlife. Took the tram ride, was very informative. Will be back again!  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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