If you’re going to the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, it is highly recommended (especially by me) that you bring a compass and/or a GPS unit.
Not for use inside the refuge itself, mind you – the real navigational challenge is just finding the place. Getting there involved a rather loopy ride through the Princess Anne section of Virginia Beach, down to Sandbridge Road.
But enough about the loopy rides to the refuge – let’s talk about loop hikes in the refuge instead.
The main part of Back Bay – the section with the ranger station, visitors’ center and trails – is found on the sliver-thin barrier islands in Virginia Beach, just north of the Virginia-North Carolina state line. The rest of the refuge is spread out over several small islands and some pockets of land on the Virginia Beach mainland itself.