- Back Bay NWR is located in SE Virginia in the Atlantic Flyway. Biological resources include beach/dune grasslands, barrier spit woodlands and shrub lands, marshes and forested swamps. The Refuge's barrier beach extends 4.2 miles along the Atlantic shoreline from the city's Little Island Recreational Area on the north to the False Cape State Park on the south. The North Carolina state line is 10 miles from the southern boundary of the Refuge. Management objectives have been developed and expanded to provide for a broad spectrum of wildlife, with emphasis on waterfowl, shorebirds, and threatened and endangered species. The Refuge provides wildlife-oriented recreation and environmental education consistent with Refuge objectives. The fee for private vehicles is $4/day; pedestrian or bicyclist, $2/day. Entrance passes are available at the station's visitor contact station. Visitors should call prior to visiting the Refuge as there are seasonal closures effective year round.
Recreation - This park is about a 30 minute drive south of the Virginia Beach ocean front. Virginia Beach is a bustling commercial tourist attraction offering enjoyment and variety for both families and singles. The sandy beach and boardwalk is very inviting and offers a variety of entertainment. The boardwalk area has attractive evening lighting and is well patrolled making an evening stroll very pleasant. The boardwalk is also very popular with in-line skating, however, skateboarders are prohibited. Virginia Marine Science Museum, Norfolk Naval Air Force Base, First Landing State Park and Old Cape Henry Memorial are just a few of the other popular recreational opportunities available.
Climate - Virginia generally has mild winters and warm humid summers. The eastern portion of the state has winter temperatures averaging above 36 degrees Fahrenheit (2 degrees Celsius). The state's summer temperatures have little variation. The eastern portion of Virginia generally experiences temperatures above 78 degrees Fahrenheit (26 Celsius). High humidity along with warm temperatures can be uncomfortable.
From the Virginia Beach ocean front resort area, follow Pacific Avenue to General Booth Boulevard. Turn left on Princess Anne Road, left on Sandbridge Road, right on Sandpiper Road. Follow south to end of Sandpiper Road.