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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Grackles © Scott and Christine Peters
Grackles foraging on the beach.
BACK BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
BACK BAY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
4005 Sandpiper Road
Virginia Beach, Virginia   23456
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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge is located in Virginia and was established in 1938 to provide habitat for migrating and wintering waterfowl. The refuge contains more than 8,500 acres, situated around Back Bay, in the southeastern corner of the City of Virginia Beach. Because of its unique geographic location along the Atlantic Coast that provides overlapping ranges for both northern and southern species, biodiversity is high. Habitats include barrier island beach and dunes, shrub-scrub, woodlands, farm land and fresh and brackish marsh. Since 1939, an additional 4,600 acres of Bay waters within the refuge boundary have been closed to migratory bird hunting by Presidential Proclamation.

Today the Refuge continues to be an important link in the chain of National Wildlife Refuges along the Atlantic Flyway. More than 300 species of birds have been observed at the Refuge. During the fall and winter months, large flocks of waterfowl use the Bay and freshwater impoundments. The Snow and Canada goose, Tundra swan, and many duck species are abundant. Migrating songbirds and shorebirds arrive at the Refuge each spring and fall. Brightly colored warblers dot shrub and woodland areas while shorebirds search for food in shallow waters. Habitats are also used by a wide assortment of other wildlife, including such threatened and endangered species as the Loggerhead sea turtle, Piping plover, Peregrine falcon, and Bald eagle.
FACILITIES AND ACTIVITIES OVERVIEW
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Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
March 2 beautiful
Beautiful park. Would like to see a map of the trails put on the web page though.
December 7 beautiful beach and dunes by Betti
We are visiting Va during the fall. We spent three days walking the beach. We saw pods of dolphins, pelicans and other sea birds. We had a great time on the beach and walking the paths.
July 29

Area Campgrounds
Holiday Trav-L-Park
1075 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA
North Bay Shore Campground
3257 Colechester Road
Virginia Beach, VA
757-426-7911
North Landing Beach Riverfront Campg
161 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA
757-426-6241
Outdoor Resorts Virginia Beach
3665 Sandpiper Road
Virginia Beach, VA
Area Cabins and Lodges
Outdoor Resorts RV Resorts
3665 Sandpiper Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
(757) 721-2020
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Directions
From I-64, exit on I-264 East. Exit onto Birdneck Road (Exit 22). Turn right onto Birdneck Road. Proceed 3-4 miles and turn right onto General Booth Boulevard. Proceed 5 miles and turn left onto Princess Anne Road. Proceed south about a mile until you reach Sandbridge Road. Follow Sandbridge Road until you reach the community of Sandbridge. Make a right onto Sandpiper Road. Proceed south 4 miles to the Refuge entrance. The Visitor Contact Station is one mile from the main entrance.

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