West Dike, Barbour Hill, Sand Ridge Beach Loop

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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

West Dike, Barbour Hill, Sand Ridge Beach Loop is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Virginia Beach, Virginia that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until November.

Length8.9 miElevation gain39 ftRoute typeLoop
BackpackingCampingFishingHikingRoad bikingWalkingBird watchingBeachViewsWildlifeBugsNo dogs
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PROTECTIVE CLOSURE: This area is subject to closure due to habitat protection. For more information, please visit https://www.fws.gov/refuge/back_bay/. There is a fee to access Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. The fee is $5.00/vehicle and $2.00 biker/hiker group. The Federal Duck Stamp and America the Beautiful passes can also be used.

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Jeff Hammond
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Running

nice walk with my wife with a lot of scenery

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Jill Green
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Hiking

Great. Scenic. Easy walking. Part was closed so I’ll be back.

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Dominic Fandale
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Hiking

Absolutely awesome hike! Not a lot of elevation obviously, but a wide variety of scenery. I definitely recommend.

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Jennifer Fendel
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Hiking
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jeff nagle
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Hiking
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Maite Brandt-Pearce
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Hiking
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Niel Hennings
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Hiking
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Chris Randall
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CampingGreat!
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Timothy Jones
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Hiking
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Gabrielle Johnson
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Hiking
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John Moore
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Hiking

Good.

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Bryan Stevenson
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Hiking

The governor only allows us to fish or exercise, so no sitting around. We had a nice park ranger inform us of this as we sat at a picnic table after hiking 4.5 miles down the West Dike Trail to the False Cape visitor's center. Next time I'm bringing a fishing pole so I can sit down for a minute. :) The only restrooms we saw were some outhouses near the Back Bay parking lot. Nothing was open in the state park. The beach between Barbour Hill and the national park was almost completely deserted. We walked a long way without seeing another human being. It was beautiful.

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Marina Pickell
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HikingBugs

It was a beautiful day for a hike. Parts of the West Dike were infested with mosquitoes, so that part wasn’t too fun

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Brelan Akin
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Hiking

The West Dike trail was closed, so we took the East Dike trail and the beach. Everything that wasn't the beach was a flat gravel road with no shade. This might be good for biking but go somewhere else if hiking.

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Kevin Newton
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Mountain bikingClosed

West dike trail was closed

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Dave Sevestre
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Hiking

being plenty of water and don't go when it's really hot outside

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Thomas Considine
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Hiking

This was a great trail but it was also 95 degrees the day I did it. Thank you to the ranger that gave me water.

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Alan Bourne
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Mountain biking

We logged over 15 miles. I want to hike it with a pack and camp on the beach next time.

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Frank Alberts
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Mountain biking

Fun to bike through the preserve out to the beach. The sand seemed more 'siltly' and the water more murky than in VA Beach proper. Glad to see Va Beach maintaining the Wildlife Refuge and keeping the trails open to the public.

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Anthony Schober
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Mountain biking

Nice trail. Great beaches! Biked in with two friends for a weekend camping trip. Other then the 100 degree heat it was a great trip. Bugs are bad in the summer as expected. Trailer broke down on the way out...make sure you cary extra tube for your trailer if you bring one. Would have give 5 starts; however, the main trail is a bit boring. It is the side trails that are interesting.

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Paul Dammon
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Hiking

Aside from the required 4 mile hike just to get through the wildlife refuge and into the park, this wasn't too shabby for a basic hike. The main "trails" are unpaved roads used by the park service vehicles and some other people who seem to have the hook up. If you are going to hike this rather than bike I recommend an early start! You can refill on water at the park visitor center as well as get a basic map of the park. I am rather intrigued by the primitive camp sites just off the ocean. I think an over-night trip may be in my future!

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Michael Lopez
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Hiking

Dont let this trail trick you...it is 4 miles from the parking lot (Back Bay Visitors Center) to the False Cape Visitors Center. Then is it another 6+ miles to the NC Border. The extra distance I accrued was from jaunts off on side trails to the Back Bay, cemetery/church or the beach. The trail is mostly gravel/sand but the last two miles are soft sand making for slow and painful going. When I reached the border all there was was a fence to my surprise. I had to go to the right about 100 yards to find the border marker. This was absolute solitude and I loved it! I saw the tram one time and two bicycles the entire time. It was beautiful terrain and a nice breeze blew the entire time. Wildlife was everywhere for the first 5 miles and then dropped off to nothing. The comment from the other reviewer about the bugs is absolutely spot on. BRING OFF or a product like it. I am so thankful I read and headed their review or I wouldve been a mosquito pin cushion. I absolutely enjoyed the trip. Bring a camera...there is lots of beautiful views. I have only one complaint...the ONLY water is at the False Cape VC. I brought a full Camelback and found that I needed to start metering it out on the return trip. Frankly I shouldve had two full bladders of water for this trip. If you want a place to truly get away from everyone and everything, this is it. I plan to do it again...with more water.

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John Woodall
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Amber Boykin
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Carrie Hammond
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Joey Weddle
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Keith Tipton
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Matt Hennessey
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Hiking
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Joe Ziskend
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Hiking
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Anmol Dhanoa
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