Back Bay NWR

The pages in this section contain basic information about the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge.  The information is avaiable at the official Refuge website, but I thought I’d include some of it here to make this site appear more fact-filled and interesting.

There are tabs for:

  • Location, Hours, Fees and Directions
  • Rules and Regulations (with additional comments)
  • Links and Reviews

Refuge Description:  Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge contains over 9,250 acres, situated on and around a thin strip of coastline typical of other barrier islands found along the Atlantic coast. Habitats include beach, dunes, woodland, farm fields, and 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 refuge 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, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles.

Back Bay provides scenic trails, a visitor contact station, and, with advance scheduling, group educational opportunities.

The Refuge is located in Virginia Beach, Virginia – south of Sandbridge at the southern end of Sandpiper Road.

Outdoor facilities are open daily dawn to dusk.

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; closed holidays with the exception of Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day.

Check out the full color brochure: Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Brochure.

Remember folks, this is a Wildlife Refuge.  Please respect the wildlife and the habitat!


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