Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge contains over 9,250 acres, situated on and around a thin strip of coastline typical of barrier islands found along the Atlantic and Gulf coasts. Habitats include beach, dunes, woodland, farm fields, and freshwater marsh. The majority of Refuge marshlands are on islands contained within the waters of Back Bay.
Approximately 10,000 snow geese and a large variety of ducks visit Back Bay NWR during the peak of fall migration, usually in December. The Refuge also provides habitat for a wide assortment of other wildlife, including threatened and endangered species such as loggerhead sea turtles, piping plovers and peregrine falcons.
Back Bay NWR provides scenic trails, a Visitor Contact Station, and, with advance scheduling, group educational opportunities. The Refuge is located just south of Sandbridge Beach in Virginia Beach, at the southern end of Sandpiper Road.
Outdoor facilities are open daily dawn to dusk. PLEASE NOTE: To avoid conflicts with wildlife, and for visitor safety, pets are not allowed on the Refuge at any time.
The Visitor Contact Station hours are 8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M. weekdays, 9:00 AM - 4:00 P.M. weekends. The Visitor Contact Station is closed Sundays, November through March as well as federal holidays with the exception of Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.
Our Administrative Office and mailing address is: 1324 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456.
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