Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia Beach, Virginia
4005 Sandpiper Rd, Virginia Beach, Virginia 23456| Map |
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge's barrier islands feature large sand dunes, maritime forests, fresh water marshes, ponds, ocean beach and large impoundments for wintering wildfowl.
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Great park but TOO MANY RULES!! The only activities allowed are wildlife related activities. For example, I like to dolphin watch, but the ranger said I was sun bathing and that I needed to keep walking. Well, I had a shirt and hat on so I don't think that counts as sun bathing. Basically you can sit still in the interior of the park and call it bird watching, but sitting still on the beach is not allowed. In the past, I have sat still long enough that horses, feral pigs and deer are able to be seen. No surfing. Apparently the park controls what happens beyond the low-tide line. I didn't even think that was possible, but I've seen the rangers tell kids that they are not allowed to body board while their pare...
I cannot say enough good things about Back Bay. It is my favorite place to visit in Virginia Beach, and since we always rent on Sandfiddler Road, it is really easy to get to. The entry fee is $5 per vehicle, but if you get there before the guard house opens - before 8 am - you won't have to pay. I would suggest getting there early anyway. I usually go around 6:30-7:00 am, to avoid the heat and see more wildlife. Every time I have gone I have seen at least four or five different animals - once we even saw the wild horses! The trails are very well-maintained. For a quick walk, I'd recommend the Bay Trail or the Seaside Trail. Trams run through out the day, and guide you around Back Bay and into False Cape (the...