Posts Tagged With: Fish and Wildlife Service

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Virginia Beach, Va.

A view from the Bay Trail.

A view from the Bay Trail.

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.

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Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge trails – Chincoteague and Assateague Islands, Va.

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Trail map for Wildlife Loop.

Most people come to Chincoteague Island, Va., and neighboring Assateague Island for two reasons: the beaches, and to try to get a glimpse of the ponies.

Even if you’ve never read Marguerite Henry’s “Misty of Chincoteague” (confession time: I still haven’t), you’ve probably heard about the Chincoteague ponies at some point or other.

Granted, the beaches and the ponies are good reasons to come to the islands. But there’s more to the place than beaches and ponies.

The islands are home to the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge – which have several trails for walking and biking.

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