Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we encourage you to:

  • Check local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information
  • Follow current CDC safe practices by maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick

What's Happening

Refuge Regulations

Trails Day (PROMO)

Visitors to the wildlife refuge must abide by all refuge regulations and posted signs, including: -no pets, not even in your vehicle -no sunbathing, surfing or swimming on the refuge beach -no fishing along the dike trails; fishing areas are provided at D-Pool, the dock by the parking area and the beach -no drones or metal detectors are permitted on federal property Wildlife-dependent recreation, such as hiking, biking, fishing, wildlife observation and wildlife photography are encouraged. Please maintain CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines at all times.

Rules and Regulations

West Dike Open!

April 1, 2020 Managed Wetlands (PROMO)

The West Dike Road is open for hiking and biking through the interior of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This trail can be used to access False Cape State Park.

Refuge Regulations

eBird Trail Tracker

Seasonal Closure (PROMO)

We have added a new feature to our website! Check out the eBird Trail Tracker to see what sightings have been seen recently at the refuge!

eBird Trail Tracker
For Educators

Every Kid Outdoors

EKO Logo Color Web Feature

Calling all 4th grade teachers! Your students are eligible for a free pass to all federal lands and waters. Teachers can complete an activity with their class, print vouchers for their students and turn them in during a field trip in exchange for student passes. Check out the Every Kid Outdoors website for more details or contact us at (757)301-7329 ext.3106.

Every Kid Outdoors Website

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS