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Established in 1938 as a refuge to migrating birds, the Back Bay National Refuge is spread across 9250 acres. Around 10,000 snow geese and a variety of ducks visit Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge during December. It is also home to loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers and peregrine falcons.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Travel Tips
- Pets of any kind are not allowed on the refuge.
- Swimming, surfing and sunbathing are not permitted on the refuge beach.
Entrance Ticket Details For Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
- Day Pass per vehicle- $5; Hiker/ Biker Day pass- $2; Bus/Van (20 people or less)- $25; Disabled Access Pass- Free.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Hours
- The Visitor Contact Station is open between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
How to Reach Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
- Norfolk International Airport
- Sandbridge Island restaurant
- Blue Pete’s Restaurant
- Zest Restaurant
- Baja Restaurant
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39.91% of people who visit Virginia Beach include Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in their plan
12 PM - 1 PM
47.06% of people start their Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge visit around 12 PM - 1 PM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Reviews & Ratings
A gorgeous place! Great for a casual stroll alone or with loved ones. This place is worth checking out. I came on a whim and I'm glad I did! I came later in the day and the beach was nearly empty. I felt like a private beach. The trails were easy to navigate and the scenery was very quaint. The beach was clean and the breeze was crisp. It was a calming atmosphere. You got to do it at least once.
Back Bay has become my escape from the city into a little home of peace and serenity. I come here at least once a week to hike the trails, take pictures, occasionally fish, and each time I visit it is a new experience - new views, new animals encountered, new memories made. Nothing is ever the same, and as time goes this is a place to observe the changes of the season. I'm so happy to have found this natural masterpiece, and I would suggest anyone who wants to disconnect from the modern world and breathe some fresh air come to Back Bay Wildlife Reserve.
Amazing federal wildlife sanctuary. There’s undeveloped beaches and inlets and tons of wildlife from osprey, eagles, snakes, turtles, herons and the list goes on. The trails here are great for bikes and hikes. It’s a great getaway from the more developed beaches a lot of people are familiar with.
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!