Back Bay Wildlife Refuge is an ecological treasure that is nestled between the Sandbridge beachfront and the North Carolina's Outer Banks and is one of the few undeveloped places on the east coast. A haven forbirds from waders to raptors, songbirds to flocks of ducks, geese and swans, this refuge also shelters other creatures like white-tail deer, red fox, nutria and feral pigs. From April through October the refuge is accessible by an open-air electric tram tour that boards at Little Island City Park (south end of Sandbridge) and unless you want to hike in or have your own boat, this is probably the best way to see the refuge close-up and personal. Back Bay information 757-721-2412. For tram tour information call Back Bay Transit 757-498-BIRD(2473)
False Cape State Park is a habitat treated as an extension of the Back Bay Wildlife Refuge. A protected area that includes a ten mile strip of natural oceanfront beaches and the dune lines that shelter the Back Bay, its typical of the coastal barrier habitat as it looked before development. And here, it is saved for the appreciation of future generations as well as for the protection of wildlife. False Cape Information 757-462-7128. The Back Bay tram tour makes a stopover here. Back Bay Transit 757-498-BIRD(2473)
First Landing State Park (formerly Seashore State Park) is the most popular state park in Virginia. Recognized in the National Register of Natural Landmarks, this 2000 plus acre park is known as the northern most location along the east coast where subtropical and temperate plants thrive in the same environment. The park includes camping facilities, bay side swimming, and miles of hiking trails. 757-412-2300
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