Beaches and Dikes, Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach, Virginia

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After walking through the marshes on the Back Bay walk, you may explore the beaches, dunes, shrub lands, and marshes that lie between the bay and the ocean. The refuge staff manages a series of impoundments in which the water level can be raised or lowered. Manipulating water levels, controlled burning, and plowing are some of the techniques used to encourage the growth of succulent marsh plants that provide food for waterfowl. Special attractions: Beach walk; wildlife habitat for threatened species such as sea turtles, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles, as well as migrating waterfowl such as snow geese and tundra swans.
Walking Virginia Beach

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Walking Virginia Beach

by Katherine Jackson (Falcon Guides)

After walking through the marshes on the Back Bay walk, you may explore the beaches, dunes, shrub lands, and marshes that lie between the bay and the ocean. The refuge staff manages a series of impoundments in which the water level can be raised or lowered. Manipulating water levels, controlled burning, and plowing are some of the techniques used to encourage the growth of succulent marsh plants that provide food for waterfowl.

Special attractions: Beach walk; wildlife habitat for threatened species such as sea turtles, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles, as well as migrating waterfowl such as snow geese and tundra swans.

©  Katherine Jackson/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Walking
Nearby City: Virginia Beach
Distance: 6.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 3.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Virginia Beach Visitor Information Center
Driving Directions: Directions to Beaches and Dikes, Virginia Beach

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Apr 2018